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TITLE
Halliburton Subsea Wester Site at Bridge of Wester, 2001
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_FNL_DS080607
PLACENAME
Bridge of Wester
DISTRICT
Caithness - Eastern
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
CAITHNESS: Wick
DATE OF IMAGE
February 2001
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Lynn Patrick
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
19867
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
energy
north sea oil
Halliburton Subsea Wester Site at Bridge of Wester, 2001

Photographed in February 2001, the Halliburton Subsea Wester Site at Bridge of Wester, north of Wick, fabricates pipeline bundles for the oil and gas industries. The pipes are transported from Hartlepool, Cleveland, to Georgemas Junction where they are unloaded and transported to Wester by road. The Wester site has a railway which is the most northern railway in the UK. It is a linear construction that reaches several miles in land. As the pipe bundles are made they are laid out along the track. Once they have reached the correct length they are then 'flown' out, under water, from Wester Bay to reach the oil field where they can be installed.

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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Halliburton Subsea Wester Site at Bridge of Wester, 2001

CAITHNESS: Wick

2000s

railway; railways; energy; north sea oil

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Far North Line

Photographed in February 2001, the Halliburton Subsea Wester Site at Bridge of Wester, north of Wick, fabricates pipeline bundles for the oil and gas industries. The pipes are transported from Hartlepool, Cleveland, to Georgemas Junction where they are unloaded and transported to Wester by road. The Wester site has a railway which is the most northern railway in the UK. It is a linear construction that reaches several miles in land. As the pipe bundles are made they are laid out along the track. Once they have reached the correct length they are then 'flown' out, under water, from Wester Bay to reach the oil field where they can be installed.<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.