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TITLE
The 'Santa Special' train from Aviemore to the Boat of Garten, 2002
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_HML_DS050428
PLACENAME
Boat of Garten
DISTRICT
Badenoch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Duthil and Rothiemurchus
DATE OF IMAGE
December 2002
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Lynn Patrick
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
19950
KEYWORDS
heritage railways
The 'Santa Special' train from Aviemore to the Boat of Garten, 2002

On Sundays, running up to Christmas, the Strathspey Steam Railway runs a return 'Santa Special' train from Aviemore to the Boat of Garten. Photographed on board in December 2002, Santa hands out presents to the children aided by his helpers.

The Strathspey Steam Railway is a preserved line that branches off the Highland main line at Aviemore. The former Aviemore engine sheds were built in 1897, and are the railway's main workshops. The line originally formed part of the first trunk line from Perth to Inverness through the Highlands. The Strathspey line, beyond the Boat of Garten, is now closed and the line to Inverness today is via Carrbridge.

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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The 'Santa Special' train from Aviemore to the Boat of Garten, 2002

INVERNESS: Duthil and Rothiemurchus

2000s

heritage railways

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Highland Line

On Sundays, running up to Christmas, the Strathspey Steam Railway runs a return 'Santa Special' train from Aviemore to the Boat of Garten. Photographed on board in December 2002, Santa hands out presents to the children aided by his helpers. <br /> <br /> The Strathspey Steam Railway is a preserved line that branches off the Highland main line at Aviemore. The former Aviemore engine sheds were built in 1897, and are the railway's main workshops. The line originally formed part of the first trunk line from Perth to Inverness through the Highlands. The Strathspey line, beyond the Boat of Garten, is now closed and the line to Inverness today is via Carrbridge.<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.