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TITLE
A service train crossing the bridge at Calvine, 2002
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_HML_DS050418
PLACENAME
Calvine
DISTRICT
Perthshire - Highland
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
PERTH: Blair Atholl
DATE OF IMAGE
July 2002
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Lynn Patrick
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
19940
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
trains
A service train crossing the bridge at Calvine, 2002

A ScotRail Class 170, photographed in July 2002, crosses the overbridge that carries the Highland main line over the B8079 near Calvine.

The B8079 was formerly the route of the A9 from Calvine to Killiecrankie. The A9 was upgraded during the 1970s, 80s and early 90s, but it follows essentially the same route, except where it skirts the towns and villages. Today the old A9 is a quiet back road and is used by local traffic. It also forms part of the approved route north for the Sustrans flagship project, the National Cycle Network. So far, the project has created 16,000km (9.900 miles) of signed cycle routes throughout the UK; about 70 per cent of the network is on previously existing, mostly quiet roads.

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 service train crossing the bridge at Calvine, 2002

PERTH: Blair Atholl

2000s

railway; railways; trains

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Highland Line

A ScotRail Class 170, photographed in July 2002, crosses the overbridge that carries the Highland main line over the B8079 near Calvine. <br /> <br /> The B8079 was formerly the route of the A9 from Calvine to Killiecrankie. The A9 was upgraded during the 1970s, 80s and early 90s, but it follows essentially the same route, except where it skirts the towns and villages. Today the old A9 is a quiet back road and is used by local traffic. It also forms part of the approved route north for the Sustrans flagship project, the National Cycle Network. So far, the project has created 16,000km (9.900 miles) of signed cycle routes throughout the UK; about 70 per cent of the network is on previously existing, mostly quiet roads.<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.