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TITLE
Staff of Ben Wyvis Kilts, 2002
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_HML_DS050388
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF IMAGE
December 2002
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Lynn Patrick
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
19910
KEYWORDS
highland dress
kilts
Staff of Ben Wyvis Kilts, 2002

Employing a five strong team of kilt makers, owners Valerie Allan and Christine Anderson of Ben Wyvis Kilts, have their retail premises in Highland Rail House, Inverness, the former headquarters of the Highland Railway. They were photographed in December 2002 with four of their team, Nina Simolielli, Claire Mackenzie, Pamela Muir and Elizabeth Ness. The cutting room and workshop adjoins the retail shop and is housed in an area formerly used by Inverness station staff.

Highland Railway headquarters and its workshops, Lochgorm Works, were at Inverness. The company was one of the smaller British railways before the Railways Act of 1921. It operated north of Perth station and served the far north of Britain. It was formed by amalgamation in 1865 and was absorbed into the London, Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS) in 1923.

The Highland Railway served the counties of Caithness, Sutherland, Ross & Cromarty, Inverness, Perth, Nairn, Moray and Banff. Southward it connected with the Caledonian Railway at Stanley Junction, north of Perth, and eastward with the Great North of Scotland Railway at Boat of Garten, Elgin, Keith and Portessie.

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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Staff of Ben Wyvis Kilts, 2002

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

2000s

highland dress; kilts

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Highland Line

Employing a five strong team of kilt makers, owners Valerie Allan and Christine Anderson of Ben Wyvis Kilts, have their retail premises in Highland Rail House, Inverness, the former headquarters of the Highland Railway. They were photographed in December 2002 with four of their team, Nina Simolielli, Claire Mackenzie, Pamela Muir and Elizabeth Ness. The cutting room and workshop adjoins the retail shop and is housed in an area formerly used by Inverness station staff. <br /> <br /> Highland Railway headquarters and its workshops, Lochgorm Works, were at Inverness. The company was one of the smaller British railways before the Railways Act of 1921. It operated north of Perth station and served the far north of Britain. It was formed by amalgamation in 1865 and was absorbed into the London, Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS) in 1923.<br /> <br /> The Highland Railway served the counties of Caithness, Sutherland, Ross & Cromarty, Inverness, Perth, Nairn, Moray and Banff. Southward it connected with the Caledonian Railway at Stanley Junction, north of Perth, and eastward with the Great North of Scotland Railway at Boat of Garten, Elgin, Keith and Portessie.<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.