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TITLE
Newly-restored footbridge at Brora Station, 1999
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_FNL_DS080528
PLACENAME
Brora
DISTRICT
Kildonan, Loth and Clyne
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
SUTHERLAND: Clyne
DATE OF IMAGE
November 1999
PERIOD
1990s
CREATOR
Lynn Patrick
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
19853
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
stations
Newly-restored footbridge at Brora Station, 1999

The newly-restored footbridge at Brora, photographed in November 1999, is being painted by staff from the Invergordon firm of McGregor Energy Service Woodside Fabrication. During its Station Regeneration Programme, Railtrack adopted an active heritage policy to the Far North line. The station footbridges were refurbished rather than being replaced with new.

Brora station, opened in 1871, 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. Both signal boxes 'Brora North' and 'Brora South' have 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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Newly-restored footbridge at Brora Station, 1999

SUTHERLAND: Clyne

1990s

railway; railways; stations

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Far North Line

The newly-restored footbridge at Brora, photographed in November 1999, is being painted by staff from the Invergordon firm of McGregor Energy Service Woodside Fabrication. During its Station Regeneration Programme, Railtrack adopted an active heritage policy to the Far North line. The station footbridges were refurbished rather than being replaced with new. <br /> <br /> Brora station, opened in 1871, 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. Both signal boxes 'Brora North' and 'Brora South' have 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.