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TITLE
Memories of the Black Isle Railway (7 of 16)
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_BLACKISLERAIL_07
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS
PERIOD
1980s
CREATOR
unknown
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
1860
KEYWORDS
railways
railroads
trains
firemen
train drivers
engines
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 employee remembers the relationship between fireman, driver and engine.

'Good working of a crew actually depended on the atmosphere between driver and fireman. If you had any variance here then this could reflect in the actual working of the trains, because it all depended on teamwork. The working of a train during either day time or night time - once you were accustomed to the area that you were running over - it didn't make much difference really whether it was either night or daytime, it didn't really. You knew exactly where you were. You didn't lose track of the distance or anything like that. You got accustomed to the variations in the countryside - the engine told you an awful lot about where you were - and noises that the engine made was an indicator just how things were going and it's something that you grew to understand'

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Memories of the Black Isle Railway (7 of 16)

ROSS

1980s

railways; railroads; trains; firemen; train drivers; engines; 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 employee remembers the relationship between fireman, driver and engine.<br /> <br /> 'Good working of a crew actually depended on the atmosphere between driver and fireman. If you had any variance here then this could reflect in the actual working of the trains, because it all depended on teamwork. The working of a train during either day time or night time - once you were accustomed to the area that you were running over - it didn't make much difference really whether it was either night or daytime, it didn't really. You knew exactly where you were. You didn't lose track of the distance or anything like that. You got accustomed to the variations in the countryside - the engine told you an awful lot about where you were - and noises that the engine made was an indicator just how things were going and it's something that you grew to understand'