Rab and his Friends

“Rab and his Friends” (1859) is a short story by Scottish writer Dr John Brown. It was very popular in the 19th century and often considered John Brown’s best, or at least most well known work. Even though short in length it was often published as a single volume with illustrations.
The title character ‘Rab’ – the Lowland Scots form of ‘Rob’ – is “a huge mastiff” dog. He is described as being “old, grey, brindled, as big as a Highland bull”, as well as being extremely loyal and loving.
“Rab and His Friends” is a simple story which includes an insight into how John Brown’s teacher and employer, Doctor James Syme, taught and operated. The other main characters are Rab, a ferocious mastiff dog, his owner, James Noble, a carter or carrier by trade, and the carter’s ailing wife Ailie. Set in Edinburgh in the 1830s, the story begins with a fight between Rab and a bull terrier which Brown, the narrator

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, watches as a teenage boy. Six years later, Brown is a medical student at Minto House Hospital and has maintained a friendship with Rab and James, the laconic carrier. One day

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, James arrives at the hospital with his wife Allie, who is found to have advanced breast cancer. Following an operation, Allie dies, attended by James and Rab. Not long after Allie’s funeral, James dies too, and the carrier’s business is sold, along with James’s horse and dog. A chance meeting between Brown and the new owner reveals that Rab the dog had to be killed

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, because he wouldn’t let anybody near the horse out of loyalty to James. The story ends with the faithful dog’s funeral.

Grosseto railway station

Grosseto railway station (Italian: Stazione di Grosseto) is the main station serving the city and comune of Grosseto, in the region of Tuscany, central Italy. Opened in 1864, it forms part of the Pisa–Livorno–Rome railway.
The station is currently managed by Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI). However, the commercial area of the passenger building is managed by Centostazioni. Train services to and from the station are operated by Trenitalia

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. Each of these companies is a subsidiary of Ferrovie dello Stato (FS), Italy’s state-owned rail company.
The Pisa–Livorno–Rome railway is a double track main line connecting Pisa with the Tyrrhenian Sea and Rome. Grosseto railway station is roughly at its half way point. The station is also one of the termini of a single-track non-electrified secondary line to Siena. That line continues on from Siena as the Central Tuscany railway, and later as the Leopolda railway, towards Empoli and Florence.

Grosseto railway station is situated in Piazza Guglielmo Marconi, near the centre of the city, just north of the old town

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Piazza Marconi, often erroneously referred to as Station Square, is known for its statue of a buttero (1953) by sculptor Tolomeo Faccendi.
The station was opened on 15 June 1864, upon the opening of the Follonica–Grosseto and Grosseto–Orbetello sections of the Pisa–Livorno–Rome railway.
The station complex extends laterally along the western side of the Piazza. The passenger building was built in the rationalist style of the first half of the twentieth century. It is made up of several buildings huddled together, on two levels

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At the ground floor level, the passenger building’s central facade is characterized by five portals with architraves topped by round arches. These are protected by a canopy protruding from the crease that separates the two levels of the building. At each side of the central facade are open rectangular portals. One of them leads to the bar, and the other to the waiting room.
Extending across the mezzanine level of the passenger building is a series of rectangular windows, while in the central part of the main facade at that level is a square station clock, which forms a crowning feature.
The station yard has five tracks with platforms for the boarding and alighting of passengers. There is also a large goods yard.
The station has about 1.5 million passenger movements each year.
Trains stopping at the station include Eurostar City Italia trains, all InterCity trains to Torino Porta Nuova, Milano Centrale, Ventimiglia, Savona, Roma Termini, Napoli Centrale, Salerno, some express trains to southern Italy and Sicily and all the regional trains operating on the Tyrrhenian line and the secondary line to Siena.
Eurostar Fast trains passing through the station do not stop there.
Along the line connecting Grosseto with Siena, just north of Monte Antico railway station, is a junction, with a secondary line direct to Buonconvento used by passenger and goods trains, and another line direct to San Giovanni d’Asso and Asciano. The latter line is used only by railcars and multiple units stopping at various stations

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, from which excursions can be taken to nearby medieval villages and castles. Just before Siena, the two secondary lines converge once again to continue along a common path.
The station is the terminus of many urban and suburban bus lines operated by Rama, the transport company serving the whole province of Grosseto.
Media related to Grosseto railway station at Wikimedia Commons
This article is based upon a translation of the Italian language version as at December 2010.