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TITLE
Permanent way Hut at Burnfoot, 2001
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_FNL_DS050196
PLACENAME
Burnfoot
DISTRICT
Kildonan, Loth and Clyne
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
SUTHERLAND: Kildonan
DATE OF IMAGE
February 2001
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Lynn Patrick
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
19823
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
Permanent way Hut at Burnfoot, 2001

Photographed in February 2001, a redundant permanent way hut at Burnfoot, south of Kinbrace, stands line side at bridge number 299.

Along the length of the Far North Line huts, or as they are known locally 'bothies', were provided for the permanent way gangs who carried out maintenance to the track. Before the use of dedicated road vehicles providing transport for the gangs, they walked their section of the line. These huts provide refuges from the weather for the gangs on the more remote stretches of the track. They were originally built of brick and later prefabricated concrete, and were provided with a stove and fireplace.

Background
Over one hundred years ago, two of the most picturesque railways in the world, the Kyle line and the Far North line, were built. Linking them to the rest of the UK rail network is the Highland main line. From 1997 to 2003 the National Railway Museum photographed these three lines, and from the images three exhibitions were created - 'Connection to the Kyle', 'By Firth and Flow' and 'The Highland Link'. The exhibitions were hosted on the Scottish Archive Network (SCAN) under the digital exhibition 'North by Northwest' which officially launched the National Archive of Scotland site on 5 June 2001 in Inverness. The collaboration with SCAN lasted until 2009 when 'North by Northwest' was transferred to the Am Baile website.

'North by Northwest' documents living history and records a snapshot of time in the lives of the people and the lines during the closing years of the twentieth century and the emergence of the twenty-first century. The exhibitions celebrated the impact of the Highland railways on the people, landscape and economy of the Scottish Highlands.

We acknowledge support from the following sponsors who funded the photographic survey of the Highland main line, the Kyle and the Far North lines by the National Railway Museum photographers between 1997 and 2003:

Railtrack, Railtrack-Scotland, ScotRail, EWS, Porterbrook, First Engineering, The Highland Rail Network Development Partnership, The Highland Council, Ross & Cromarty Enterprise, Caithness & Sutherland Enterprise, Safeways, Friends of the National Railway Museum, Perth & Kinross Council, and the Highland Railway Society.

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Permanent way Hut at Burnfoot, 2001

SUTHERLAND: Kildonan

2000s

railway; railways

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Far North Line

Photographed in February 2001, a redundant permanent way hut at Burnfoot, south of Kinbrace, stands line side at bridge number 299.<br /> <br /> Along the length of the Far North Line huts, or as they are known locally 'bothies', were provided for the permanent way gangs who carried out maintenance to the track. Before the use of dedicated road vehicles providing transport for the gangs, they walked their section of the line. These huts provide refuges from the weather for the gangs on the more remote stretches of the track. They were originally built of brick and later prefabricated concrete, and were provided with a stove and fireplace.<br /> <br /> Background<br /> Over one hundred years ago, two of the most picturesque railways in the world, the Kyle line and the Far North line, were built. Linking them to the rest of the UK rail network is the Highland main line. From 1997 to 2003 the National Railway Museum photographed these three lines, and from the images three exhibitions were created - 'Connection to the Kyle', 'By Firth and Flow' and 'The Highland Link'. The exhibitions were hosted on the Scottish Archive Network (SCAN) under the digital exhibition 'North by Northwest' which officially launched the National Archive of Scotland site on 5 June 2001 in Inverness. The collaboration with SCAN lasted until 2009 when 'North by Northwest' was transferred to the Am Baile website.<br /> <br /> 'North by Northwest' documents living history and records a snapshot of time in the lives of the people and the lines during the closing years of the twentieth century and the emergence of the twenty-first century. The exhibitions celebrated the impact of the Highland railways on the people, landscape and economy of the Scottish Highlands.<br /> <br /> We acknowledge support from the following sponsors who funded the photographic survey of the Highland main line, the Kyle and the Far North lines by the National Railway Museum photographers between 1997 and 2003:<br /> <br /> Railtrack, Railtrack-Scotland, ScotRail, EWS, Porterbrook, First Engineering, The Highland Rail Network Development Partnership, The Highland Council, Ross & Cromarty Enterprise, Caithness & Sutherland Enterprise, Safeways, Friends of the National Railway Museum, Perth & Kinross Council, and the Highland Railway Society.