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TITLE
Wick Station after being re-roofed, 1997
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_FNL_DS080501
PLACENAME
Wick
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
CAITHNESS: Wick
DATE OF IMAGE
28 July 1997
PERIOD
1990s
CREATOR
Lynn Patrick
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
19826
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
stations
Wick Station after being re-roofed, 1997

Railtrack, during their Station Regeneration Programme (SRP) adopted an active heritage approach to the Far North line. Wick station was re-roofed using traditional materials. Joseph McGowan, Railtrack Business Developer, who fronted the SRP of this line, along with the contractor, David Steel, who carried out the work on the Wick and Thurso stations, photographed on 28 July 1997, are seen here standing outside Wick station.

The station opened in 1874 when the Sutherland & Caithness Railway opened to Wick and Thurso connecting the far north of Scotland with Inverness and the south.

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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Wick Station after being re-roofed, 1997

CAITHNESS: Wick

1990s

railway; railways; stations

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Far North Line

Railtrack, during their Station Regeneration Programme (SRP) adopted an active heritage approach to the Far North line. Wick station was re-roofed using traditional materials. Joseph McGowan, Railtrack Business Developer, who fronted the SRP of this line, along with the contractor, David Steel, who carried out the work on the Wick and Thurso stations, photographed on 28 July 1997, are seen here standing outside Wick station. <br /> <br /> The station opened in 1874 when the Sutherland & Caithness Railway opened to Wick and Thurso connecting the far north of Scotland with Inverness and the south. <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.