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TITLE
Retired Railway Staff at Helmsdale, 1999
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_FNL_DS080520
PLACENAME
Helmsdale
DISTRICT
Kildonan, Loth and Clyne
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
SUTHERLAND: Kildonan
DATE OF IMAGE
July 1999
PERIOD
1990s
CREATOR
Lynn Patrick
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
19845
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
stations
Retired Railway Staff at Helmsdale, 1999

Photographed in July 1999, Mrs Anne Holmes Sinclair stands between Mr and Mrs John Prosser at Helmsdale station. Anne, a former railway employee, was a clerk at Helmsdale from 1955 to 1963 and John Prosser was the former station master at Helmsdale from 1960 until 1963.

The current station at Helmsdale was the new terminus on the extension of the line from West Helmsdale opened in 1871. The Sutherland & Caithness railway extended the Duke of Sutherland's railway north to Thurso and Wick from Helmsdale. The station buildings, a footbridge and the former 'Helmsdale South' signal box still stand. The 'Helmsdale North' signal box has been demolished.

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 Staff at Helmsdale, 1999

SUTHERLAND: Kildonan

1990s

railway; railways; stations

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Far North Line

Photographed in July 1999, Mrs Anne Holmes Sinclair stands between Mr and Mrs John Prosser at Helmsdale station. Anne, a former railway employee, was a clerk at Helmsdale from 1955 to 1963 and John Prosser was the former station master at Helmsdale from 1960 until 1963. <br /> <br /> The current station at Helmsdale was the new terminus on the extension of the line from West Helmsdale opened in 1871. The Sutherland & Caithness railway extended the Duke of Sutherland's railway north to Thurso and Wick from Helmsdale. The station buildings, a footbridge and the former 'Helmsdale South' signal box still stand. The 'Helmsdale North' signal box has been demolished.<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.