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TITLE
Memories of the Black Isle Railway (14 of 16)
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_BLACKISLERAIL_14
PLACENAME
Fortrose
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Rosemarkie
PERIOD
1980s
CREATOR
unknown
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
1867
KEYWORDS
railways
railroads
trains
engines
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 Black Isle resident recalls some of the activity at Fortrose station.

'When the train was standing at the station they usually went round with a rag and rubbed it up. Everything about the station and the trains were clean. Everything was very clean and tidy; the trains were kept nice and clean and the engine was shining of course, spotless.

We used to go to look at the fireman putting the coal in. He'd open up the big fire and you could see him shovelling in loads of coal. I can't remember the train taking water but some of the trains took water - they must have taken water at Muir of Ord. But at Muir of Ord there was a turntable where they turned the engine and the engine went onto the turntable and then it was turned round for going. Between Dingwall and Strathpeffer the train went backwards, it never turned it just went backwards up to Strathpeffer. But the Black Isle train had a turning table'

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Memories of the Black Isle Railway (14 of 16)

ROSS: Rosemarkie

1980s

railways; railroads; trains; engines; 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 Black Isle resident recalls some of the activity at Fortrose station.<br /> <br /> 'When the train was standing at the station they usually went round with a rag and rubbed it up. Everything about the station and the trains were clean. Everything was very clean and tidy; the trains were kept nice and clean and the engine was shining of course, spotless.<br /> <br /> We used to go to look at the fireman putting the coal in. He'd open up the big fire and you could see him shovelling in loads of coal. I can't remember the train taking water but some of the trains took water - they must have taken water at Muir of Ord. But at Muir of Ord there was a turntable where they turned the engine and the engine went onto the turntable and then it was turned round for going. Between Dingwall and Strathpeffer the train went backwards, it never turned it just went backwards up to Strathpeffer. But the Black Isle train had a turning table'