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TITLE
Sheep Pens at Rogart, 1999
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_FNL_DS080507
PLACENAME
Rogart
DISTRICT
Golspie, Rogart and Lairg
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
SUTHERLAND: Rogart
DATE OF IMAGE
1 August 1999
PERIOD
1990s
CREATOR
Lynn Patrick
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
19832
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
train
trains
livestock
sheep
market
Sheep Pens at Rogart, 1999

ScotRail's Class 156 from Inverness, leaving Rogart station, passing the sheep pens that stand beside the Far North line, on the day of the annual 1999 August sheep sale.

The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries saw the forced displacement of the population of the Scottish Highlands which led to mass emigration to the coast, the Scottish Lowlands and abroad. These became known as the Highland Clearances and were considered by the landlords as necessary 'improvements' to the land and were part of a process of agricultural change throughout the United Kingdom. The depopulation of land meant it could be used for sheep farming, thereby achieving greater profits for the landowners.

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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Sheep Pens at Rogart, 1999

SUTHERLAND: Rogart

1990s

railway; railways; train; trains; livestock; sheep; market

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Far North Line

ScotRail's Class 156 from Inverness, leaving Rogart station, passing the sheep pens that stand beside the Far North line, on the day of the annual 1999 August sheep sale.<br /> <br /> The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries saw the forced displacement of the population of the Scottish Highlands which led to mass emigration to the coast, the Scottish Lowlands and abroad. These became known as the Highland Clearances and were considered by the landlords as necessary 'improvements' to the land and were part of a process of agricultural change throughout the United Kingdom. The depopulation of land meant it could be used for sheep farming, thereby achieving greater profits for the landowners. <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.