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TITLE
Former Railway Staff at Aviemore Station, 2002
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_HML_DS050437
PLACENAME
Aviemore
DISTRICT
Badenoch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Duthil and Rothiemurchus
DATE OF IMAGE
August 2002
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Lynn Patrick
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
19959
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
railway stations
Former Railway Staff at Aviemore Station, 2002

The Beeching Report of the 1960s not only re-drew the UK rail network, but also reshaped the careers of the men and women employed by the railway. Photographed in August 2002 at Aviemore station are three retired railway workers. They started their careers at Aviemore 20 years before the Beeching Report was published, after which it changed the course of their careers. Mr Wilkie started his career in 1940 and retired from the railway in 1986 after being passed for driver in 1958. He remained with the railway after the other two left its employment. Mr Irvine, also a driver, started in 1942 and left in 1968. Mr Gray began his career in 1940, gaining the rank of fireman, and took the 'Golden Handshake' 20 years later in 1960.

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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Former Railway Staff at Aviemore Station, 2002

INVERNESS: Duthil and Rothiemurchus

2000s

railway; railways; railway stations

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Highland Line

The Beeching Report of the 1960s not only re-drew the UK rail network, but also reshaped the careers of the men and women employed by the railway. Photographed in August 2002 at Aviemore station are three retired railway workers. They started their careers at Aviemore 20 years before the Beeching Report was published, after which it changed the course of their careers. Mr Wilkie started his career in 1940 and retired from the railway in 1986 after being passed for driver in 1958. He remained with the railway after the other two left its employment. Mr Irvine, also a driver, started in 1942 and left in 1968. Mr Gray began his career in 1940, gaining the rank of fireman, and took the 'Golden Handshake' 20 years later in 1960. <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.