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TITLE
Members of the 'Brighter Brora' group, 1999
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_FNL_DS080512
PLACENAME
Brora
DISTRICT
Kildonan, Loth and Clyne
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
SUTHERLAND: Clyne
DATE OF IMAGE
July 1999
PERIOD
1990s
CREATOR
Lynn Patrick
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
19837
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
gardens
horticulture
Members of the 'Brighter Brora' group, 1999

Members of the 'Brighter Brora' group, photographed in July 1999, are gathered together at Brora station.

The group's aims are to undertake projects in and around Brora to improve the appearance of the town and its environment. At Brora station the group received support from ScotRail. Here the group took on the planting of the flower tubs and beds, and all the weeding and watering of the plants during their growing season.

The Brora station building dates from 1895 and was once part of the railway built by the 3rd Duke of Sutherland in 1870. On 20 June 1870 an Act of Parliament was passed granting permission for the Duke to build a railway on his estate from Golspie to Brora and Brora to Helmsdale. Construction had begun before the Act was signed and the Dunrobin to West Helmsdale section opened on 1 November 1870.

The line was built to develop the infrastructure of the estate. There were stations at Golspie, Dunrobin, Brora and Loth. Dunrobin was the Duke's private station near the castle and has been known as Dunrobin, Dunrobin Castle and Dunrobin Halt. It was rebuilt in 1902. In July 1874 the Sutherland & Caithness Railway extended the line north from Helmsdale to Wick and Thurso.

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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Members of the 'Brighter Brora' group, 1999

SUTHERLAND: Clyne

1990s

railway; railways; gardens; horticulture

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Far North Line

Members of the 'Brighter Brora' group, photographed in July 1999, are gathered together at Brora station. <br /> <br /> The group's aims are to undertake projects in and around Brora to improve the appearance of the town and its environment. At Brora station the group received support from ScotRail. Here the group took on the planting of the flower tubs and beds, and all the weeding and watering of the plants during their growing season.<br /> <br /> The Brora station building dates from 1895 and was once part of the railway built by the 3rd Duke of Sutherland in 1870. On 20 June 1870 an Act of Parliament was passed granting permission for the Duke to build a railway on his estate from Golspie to Brora and Brora to Helmsdale. Construction had begun before the Act was signed and the Dunrobin to West Helmsdale section opened on 1 November 1870. <br /> <br /> The line was built to develop the infrastructure of the estate. There were stations at Golspie, Dunrobin, Brora and Loth. Dunrobin was the Duke's private station near the castle and has been known as Dunrobin, Dunrobin Castle and Dunrobin Halt. It was rebuilt in 1902. In July 1874 the Sutherland & Caithness Railway extended the line north from Helmsdale to Wick and Thurso.<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.