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TITLE
Retired railway personnel John Sutherland and Jackie Sutherland, 2001
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_FNL_DS080519
PLACENAME
Brora
DISTRICT
Kildonan, Loth and Clyne
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
SUTHERLAND: Clyne
DATE OF IMAGE
March 2001
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Lynn Patrick
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
19844
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
stations
Retired railway personnel John Sutherland and Jackie Sutherland, 2001

Retired railway personnel John Sutherland and Jackie Sutherland, photographed in March 2001, standing on the platform at Brora station.

John Sutherland joined the railway in 1959 as a shunter at Helmsdale and became the signalman at Brora in 1977. After the introduction of Radio Electronic Token Block (RETB) he became leading railwayman, retiring in 1992. Jackie Sutherland started as a clerk at Brora in 1950. He left in 1972 to work for local government.

Brora station was opened in 1871. It is a two platform station with a passing loop. The goods yard was formerly accessed via a loop off the northbound track. The goods sidings remain. Brora formerly had a coal mine and coal was handled in the goods yard. The mine led to one of the earliest wagonways - the Brora wagonway. The 'Brora North' and 'Brora South' signal boxes have been demolished. The station also served the Clynelish Distillery.

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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Retired railway personnel John Sutherland and Jackie Sutherland, 2001

SUTHERLAND: Clyne

2000s

railway; railways; stations

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Far North Line

Retired railway personnel John Sutherland and Jackie Sutherland, photographed in March 2001, standing on the platform at Brora station.<br /> <br /> John Sutherland joined the railway in 1959 as a shunter at Helmsdale and became the signalman at Brora in 1977. After the introduction of Radio Electronic Token Block (RETB) he became leading railwayman, retiring in 1992. Jackie Sutherland started as a clerk at Brora in 1950. He left in 1972 to work for local government.<br /> <br /> Brora station was opened in 1871. It is a two platform station with a passing loop. The goods yard was formerly accessed via a loop off the northbound track. The goods sidings remain. Brora formerly had a coal mine and coal was handled in the goods yard. The mine led to one of the earliest wagonways - the Brora wagonway. The 'Brora North' and 'Brora South' signal boxes have been demolished. The station also served the Clynelish Distillery.<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.