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TITLE
Royal Mail post bus drivers at Lairg station, 1999
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_FNL_DS080619
PLACENAME
Lairg
DISTRICT
Golspie, Rogart and Lairg
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
SUTHERLAND: Lairg
DATE OF IMAGE
August 1999
PERIOD
1990s
CREATOR
Lynn Patrick
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
19878
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
royal mail
post buses
Royal Mail post bus drivers at Lairg station, 1999

Drivers Tony Dean, Willie Mackay and John Mackay, along with their supervisor, Russel Corsie, photographed in August 1999, wait by their Royal Mail post buses outside Lairg station for the arrival of the Inverness train. These post buses are timetabled to meet the morning and mid-day ScotRail service trains and form part of the integrated transport system on the Far North line. They provide a vital lifeline by collecting and delivering mail, and people, to the surrounding area.

The post bus services, operated by Royal Mail, began in 1967 to replace rapidly declining local bus and rail services in rural areas. 2006 saw more than 200 services operate once or twice a day. The service in some areas is the only form of public transport available. Key areas of operation include the Scottish Highlands and Islands, Yorkshire Dales and South West Scotland.

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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Royal Mail post bus drivers at Lairg station, 1999

SUTHERLAND: Lairg

1990s

railway; railways; royal mail; post buses

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Far North Line

Drivers Tony Dean, Willie Mackay and John Mackay, along with their supervisor, Russel Corsie, photographed in August 1999, wait by their Royal Mail post buses outside Lairg station for the arrival of the Inverness train. These post buses are timetabled to meet the morning and mid-day ScotRail service trains and form part of the integrated transport system on the Far North line. They provide a vital lifeline by collecting and delivering mail, and people, to the surrounding area.<br /> <br /> The post bus services, operated by Royal Mail, began in 1967 to replace rapidly declining local bus and rail services in rural areas. 2006 saw more than 200 services operate once or twice a day. The service in some areas is the only form of public transport available. Key areas of operation include the Scottish Highlands and Islands, Yorkshire Dales and South West Scotland.<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.