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TITLE
'Far North line 125th Anniversary' Naming Ceremony, 1999
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_FNL_DS080508
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF IMAGE
July 1999
PERIOD
1990s
CREATOR
Lynn Patrick
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
19833
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
train
trains
'Far North line 125th Anniversary' Naming Ceremony, 1999

Alison Magee and Alistair MacPhearson, photographed in July 1999, at the naming ceremony of the ScotRail Class 158 707 'Far North line 125th Anniversary' at Inverness station. After the naming ceremony the 158 707 operated the special train that ran from Inverness to Wick and Thurso as part of the 125th anniversary of the opening of the Far North line in 1874.

Alison Magee first entered local government in 1988, and represented Central Sutherland on The Highland Council. She was Convener of Sutherland District Council, and after four years as Vice Convener of The Highland Council, was elected Convener in 2003.

Alistair MacPhearson was director of ScotRail during 1999. He retired shortly after this photograph was taken.

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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'Far North line 125th Anniversary' Naming Ceremony, 1999

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

1990s

railway; railways; train; trains

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Far North Line

Alison Magee and Alistair MacPhearson, photographed in July 1999, at the naming ceremony of the ScotRail Class 158 707 'Far North line 125th Anniversary' at Inverness station. After the naming ceremony the 158 707 operated the special train that ran from Inverness to Wick and Thurso as part of the 125th anniversary of the opening of the Far North line in 1874.<br /> <br /> Alison Magee first entered local government in 1988, and represented Central Sutherland on The Highland Council. She was Convener of Sutherland District Council, and after four years as Vice Convener of The Highland Council, was elected Convener in 2003. <br /> <br /> Alistair MacPhearson was director of ScotRail during 1999. He retired shortly after this photograph was taken.<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.