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TITLE
A ScotRail Class 156 crossing the River Ness, 2000
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_FNL_DS080628
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF IMAGE
February 2000
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Lynn Patrick
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
19883
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
train
trains' bridges
A ScotRail Class 156 crossing the River Ness, 2000

ScotRail's Class 156 from Dingwall crossing the bridge over the River Ness, Inverness, photographed in February 2000.

The railway bridge opened in April 1990 and is about 73 meters (80 yards) downstream from Waterloo Bridge. It is currently the newest bridge spanning the Ness. The original railway bridge was swept away by the river on the morning of 7 February 1989 after heavy rainfall on the previous two days. There were no trains on the bridge at the time although the train to Kyle of Lochalsh was due to leave Inverness station at 08:30, but a warning was received in time.

The original bridge had stood since 1862 and consisted of five arches each spanning 22 meters (73 feet). There were additional arches on each bank and two girder bridges to span Anderson Street on the Merkinch side and Shore Street on the town side. These latter sections survived the collapse, but the bridge over Shore Street was damaged on 5 October 2003 by a low loader carrying a JCB.

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 crossing the River Ness, 2000

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

2000s

railway; railways; train; trains' bridges

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Far North Line

ScotRail's Class 156 from Dingwall crossing the bridge over the River Ness, Inverness, photographed in February 2000.<br /> <br /> The railway bridge opened in April 1990 and is about 73 meters (80 yards) downstream from Waterloo Bridge. It is currently the newest bridge spanning the Ness. The original railway bridge was swept away by the river on the morning of 7 February 1989 after heavy rainfall on the previous two days. There were no trains on the bridge at the time although the train to Kyle of Lochalsh was due to leave Inverness station at 08:30, but a warning was received in time. <br /> <br /> The original bridge had stood since 1862 and consisted of five arches each spanning 22 meters (73 feet). There were additional arches on each bank and two girder bridges to span Anderson Street on the Merkinch side and Shore Street on the town side. These latter sections survived the collapse, but the bridge over Shore Street was damaged on 5 October 2003 by a low loader carrying a JCB.<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.