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TITLE
The station yard at Golspie, 1999
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_FNL_DS080535
PLACENAME
Golspie
DISTRICT
Golspie, Rogart and Lairg
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
SUTHERLAND: Golspie
DATE OF IMAGE
August 1999
PERIOD
1990s
CREATOR
Lynn Patrick
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
19860
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
stations
The station yard at Golspie, 1999

The former sign for Golspie station being reused in the coal dumps in the station yard was photographed in August 1999.

Golspie station opened in 1868 with two platforms and a passing loop. Today, one platform remains in use and the loop has been lifted. The station building still stands and the former goods yard is to the south of the station. Both signal boxes 'Golspie North' and 'Golspie South' have been demolished. The station formed the northern extent of the Sutherland Railway. The line was extended north by the Duke of Sutherland's Railway. The Duke also located an engine shed here for his engine Dunrobin.

Golspie was once a small fishing village with only a handful of thatched houses, but due to the effects of the Highland Clearances, the village rapidly developed into a town. People were evicted from the nearby straths, especially from the town of Lairg, and settled in the newly laid out streets of Golspie. By the 1830s the town had a population of around 450 and its facilities included a post office, a bank, inns, a school and a nearby mill.

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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The station yard at Golspie, 1999

SUTHERLAND: Golspie

1990s

railway; railways; stations

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Far North Line

The former sign for Golspie station being reused in the coal dumps in the station yard was photographed in August 1999. <br /> <br /> Golspie station opened in 1868 with two platforms and a passing loop. Today, one platform remains in use and the loop has been lifted. The station building still stands and the former goods yard is to the south of the station. Both signal boxes 'Golspie North' and 'Golspie South' have been demolished. The station formed the northern extent of the Sutherland Railway. The line was extended north by the Duke of Sutherland's Railway. The Duke also located an engine shed here for his engine Dunrobin. <br /> <br /> Golspie was once a small fishing village with only a handful of thatched houses, but due to the effects of the Highland Clearances, the village rapidly developed into a town. People were evicted from the nearby straths, especially from the town of Lairg, and settled in the newly laid out streets of Golspie. By the 1830s the town had a population of around 450 and its facilities included a post office, a bank, inns, a school and a nearby mill.<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.