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TITLE
Former Railway Staff at Scotscalder, 2001
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_FNL_DS080521
PLACENAME
Scotscalder
DISTRICT
Caithness - Western
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
CAITHNESS: Halkirk
DATE OF IMAGE
January 2001
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Lynn Patrick
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
19846
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
stations
Former Railway Staff at Scotscalder, 2001

Lewis Sinclair and George MacDonald, photographed in January 2001, standing on the platform of Scotscalder station.

Lewis Sinclair retired in 1996. He started his career in 1963 as part of the permanent way gang based at Scotscalder, moved to Altnabreac, then to Georgemas Junction, where he was in charge of the gang until his retirement in 1996. George MacDonald, on his right, joined British Railways in 1957. He was a member of Lewis Sinclair's gang based at Georgemas Junction. Today, he works for the First Engineering's Rapid Response Team based at Georgemas Junction.

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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Former Railway Staff at Scotscalder, 2001

CAITHNESS: Halkirk

2000s

railway; railways; stations

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Far North Line

Lewis Sinclair and George MacDonald, photographed in January 2001, standing on the platform of Scotscalder station.<br /> <br /> Lewis Sinclair retired in 1996. He started his career in 1963 as part of the permanent way gang based at Scotscalder, moved to Altnabreac, then to Georgemas Junction, where he was in charge of the gang until his retirement in 1996. George MacDonald, on his right, joined British Railways in 1957. He was a member of Lewis Sinclair's gang based at Georgemas Junction. Today, he works for the First Engineering's Rapid Response Team based at Georgemas Junction.<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.