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TITLE
Memories of the Black Isle Railway (6 of 16)
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_BLACKISLERAIL_06
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS
PERIOD
1980s
CREATOR
unknown
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
1859
KEYWORDS
railways
railroads
trains
firemen
audio

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The Black Isle Railway was originally a branch of the Highland Railway network. It carried passengers from 1894 until 1951 (freight until 1960) and ran from Muir of Ord to Fortrose with intermediary stations at Redcastle, Allangrange, Munlochy and Avoch.

In this audio extract from the 1980s, a former Black Isle Railway fireman recalls some of his duties.

'You started in the morning, you came out in the morning, and you prepared your engine which was to see that your coal was stacked properly, your fire was in good order, you put sufficient water in to take you to Muir of Ord because there was no other filling up point between Fortrose and Muir of Ord. And with the driver you saw that everything was in order - sand boxes were filled, were filled so that you could have plenty sand for a gradient.

We used various engines, mostly they were a class 2P which was either a Ben or you had a 3P Goods Passenger Mixed and this -, that was the type of engine you used at Fortrose. This was the size of the table, more or less saying that you could only use that type of engine, or a tank engine. But tank engines were eventually phased out because they didn't carry sufficient water or coal'

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Memories of the Black Isle Railway (6 of 16)

ROSS

1980s

railways; railroads; trains; firemen; audio

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Bill Sinclair Audio: Black Isle Railway

The Black Isle Railway was originally a branch of the Highland Railway network. It carried passengers from 1894 until 1951 (freight until 1960) and ran from Muir of Ord to Fortrose with intermediary stations at Redcastle, Allangrange, Munlochy and Avoch. <br /> <br /> In this audio extract from the 1980s, a former Black Isle Railway fireman recalls some of his duties.<br /> <br /> 'You started in the morning, you came out in the morning, and you prepared your engine which was to see that your coal was stacked properly, your fire was in good order, you put sufficient water in to take you to Muir of Ord because there was no other filling up point between Fortrose and Muir of Ord. And with the driver you saw that everything was in order - sand boxes were filled, were filled so that you could have plenty sand for a gradient.<br /> <br /> We used various engines, mostly they were a class 2P which was either a Ben or you had a 3P Goods Passenger Mixed and this -, that was the type of engine you used at Fortrose. This was the size of the table, more or less saying that you could only use that type of engine, or a tank engine. But tank engines were eventually phased out because they didn't carry sufficient water or coal'