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TITLE
A ScotRail Class 156 between Helmsdale and Brora, 1999
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_FNL_DS080625
PLACENAME
unidentified
DATE OF IMAGE
August 1999
PERIOD
1990s
CREATOR
Lynn Patrick
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
19881
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
trains
A ScotRail Class 156 between Helmsdale and Brora, 1999

A ScotRail Class 156 service train to Inverness, travelling south to Brora from Helmsdale, photographed in August 1999.

The original construction for this length of track was undertaken by the 3rd Duke of Sutherland. On 20 June 1870 an Act of Parliament was passed granting the Duke permission to build a railway on his estate from Golspie to Brora, and Brora to Helmsdale. Construction had begun before the Act was signed and the Dunrobin to West Helmsdale section opened on 1 November 1870.

The line was built to develop the infrastructure on the Duke's estate. There were stations at Golspie, Dunrobin, Brora and Loth. Dunrobin was the Duke's private station situated near the castle and has been known as Dunrobin, Dunrobin Castle and Dunrobin Halt. The station building was rebuilt in 1902 and was opened to the public on the nationalisation of the railways in 1948. It was closed by Beeching in 1965, and re-opened on 30 June 1985. In July 1874, the Sutherland & Caithness Railway extended the line north from Helmsdale to Wick and Thurso, and in doing so completed the line north from Inverness.

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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A ScotRail Class 156 between Helmsdale and Brora, 1999

1990s

railway; railways; trains

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Far North Line

A ScotRail Class 156 service train to Inverness, travelling south to Brora from Helmsdale, photographed in August 1999.<br /> <br /> The original construction for this length of track was undertaken by the 3rd Duke of Sutherland. On 20 June 1870 an Act of Parliament was passed granting the Duke permission to build a railway on his estate from Golspie to Brora, and Brora to Helmsdale. Construction had begun before the Act was signed and the Dunrobin to West Helmsdale section opened on 1 November 1870. <br /> <br /> The line was built to develop the infrastructure on the Duke's estate. There were stations at Golspie, Dunrobin, Brora and Loth. Dunrobin was the Duke's private station situated near the castle and has been known as Dunrobin, Dunrobin Castle and Dunrobin Halt. The station building was rebuilt in 1902 and was opened to the public on the nationalisation of the railways in 1948. It was closed by Beeching in 1965, and re-opened on 30 June 1985. In July 1874, the Sutherland & Caithness Railway extended the line north from Helmsdale to Wick and Thurso, and in doing so completed the line north from Inverness.<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.