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TITLE
ScotRail Class 156 crossing the Invershin Viaduct, 1999
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_FNL_DS080630
PLACENAME
Invershin
DISTRICT
Dornoch and Creich
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
SUTHERLAND: Creich
DATE OF IMAGE
August 1999
PERIOD
1990s
CREATOR
Lynn Patrick
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
19885
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
train
trains
viaducts
ScotRail Class 156 crossing the Invershin Viaduct, 1999

ScotRail's Class 156 service train from Inverness crossing the Invershin Viaduct that carries the Far North line over the River Oykel, photographed in August 1999.

Invershin Viaduct is also known as the Shin or Oykel Viaduct. It carries the Far North line over the Kyle of Sutherland, and the stations at Culrain and Invershin are located either end of the viaduct. These stations are only a mile apart, the distance by road is over 8 km (5 miles), and is the shortest distance between two stations on the UK rail network. The viaduct was designed in 1863 by Joseph Mitchell and Murdoch Paterson and is reputedly the longest single box section bridge in Europe.

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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ScotRail Class 156 crossing the Invershin Viaduct, 1999

SUTHERLAND: Creich

1990s

railway; railways; train; trains; viaducts

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Far North Line

ScotRail's Class 156 service train from Inverness crossing the Invershin Viaduct that carries the Far North line over the River Oykel, photographed in August 1999.<br /> <br /> Invershin Viaduct is also known as the Shin or Oykel Viaduct. It carries the Far North line over the Kyle of Sutherland, and the stations at Culrain and Invershin are located either end of the viaduct. These stations are only a mile apart, the distance by road is over 8 km (5 miles), and is the shortest distance between two stations on the UK rail network. The viaduct was designed in 1863 by Joseph Mitchell and Murdoch Paterson and is reputedly the longest single box section bridge in Europe.<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.