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TITLE
Memories of the Black Isle Railway (11 of 16)
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_BLACKISLERAIL_11
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS
PERIOD
1980s
CREATOR
unknown
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
1864
KEYWORDS
railways
railroads
trains
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 Black Isle resident recalls the social impact of the railway.

'In the 20s and 30s the Black Isle was really quite isolated, if it weren't for the railway. There were very few cars and it was an adventure even to go down to Kessock Ferry. But the lifeline for us was the railway. It was a sort of family affair. You met people - if you were going steadily, regularly to Inverness - you met people in the train and friendships were formed.

You see, in those days, the railway was a sort of social meeting place. Now if any young person, belonging to the area, was leaving the area for any reason whatsoever, to go to university - it was only the university or training college in those days, nothing else - university, training college, or you were going off to train as a nurse - these were the main ones - the whole village turned up to say goodbye to you. And you got chocolates and flowers and goodness knows what not. Everybody turned up. The local minister Mr Craig, he used to turn up and give you the blessing before you went off. And then, of course, you were all-, tears tripping you as you were leaving. But the point was they were all there to say goodbye to you and shower gifts on you as you were leaving the area'

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Memories of the Black Isle Railway (11 of 16)

ROSS

1980s

railways; railroads; trains; 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 Black Isle resident recalls the social impact of the railway.<br /> <br /> 'In the 20s and 30s the Black Isle was really quite isolated, if it weren't for the railway. There were very few cars and it was an adventure even to go down to Kessock Ferry. But the lifeline for us was the railway. It was a sort of family affair. You met people - if you were going steadily, regularly to Inverness - you met people in the train and friendships were formed.<br /> <br /> You see, in those days, the railway was a sort of social meeting place. Now if any young person, belonging to the area, was leaving the area for any reason whatsoever, to go to university - it was only the university or training college in those days, nothing else - university, training college, or you were going off to train as a nurse - these were the main ones - the whole village turned up to say goodbye to you. And you got chocolates and flowers and goodness knows what not. Everybody turned up. The local minister Mr Craig, he used to turn up and give you the blessing before you went off. And then, of course, you were all-, tears tripping you as you were leaving. But the point was they were all there to say goodbye to you and shower gifts on you as you were leaving the area'