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TITLE
The Burns Family at Blair Atholl, 2002
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_HML_DS050445
PLACENAME
Blair Atholl
DISTRICT
Perthshire - Highland
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
PERTH: Blair Atholl
DATE OF IMAGE
November 2002
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Lynn Patrick
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
19967
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
railway stations
The Burns Family at Blair Atholl, 2002

Three generations of the Burns family, Kenneth, John and Stewart, were photographed in November 2002 standing outside the former engine shed at Blair Atholl. John Burns, a farmer, bought the shed from the railway in 1968 and used it to store seed potatoes. When working as a coal and agricultural merchant he used the railway to transport and receive goods. Today, the shed is used as a general store for the farm. His son Kenneth Burn worked on the railway and was a member of the permanent way gang based at Blair Atholl for sixteen years before taking voluntary redundancy in 1998 when the gang was disbanded.

The original station, named Blair Athole High, was opened in September 1863 by the Inverness & Pitlochry Junction Railway. It was later re-modelled with a waiting room for the Duke of Atholl and was renamed in 1893 as Blair Atholl. It was once an important station with a goods yard and engine shed, both now disused and in private ownership. The main station still stands, although it has lost a wing. The northbound building also stands along with the footbridge and south signal box. It has two platforms and it marks the south end of a double track section of the Highland main line. To the south the line is single track, and to the north double, all the way to Dalwhinnie. The station still serves the castle and village of Blair Atholl.

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 Burns Family at Blair Atholl, 2002

PERTH: Blair Atholl

2000s

railway; railways; railway stations

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Highland Line

Three generations of the Burns family, Kenneth, John and Stewart, were photographed in November 2002 standing outside the former engine shed at Blair Atholl. John Burns, a farmer, bought the shed from the railway in 1968 and used it to store seed potatoes. When working as a coal and agricultural merchant he used the railway to transport and receive goods. Today, the shed is used as a general store for the farm. His son Kenneth Burn worked on the railway and was a member of the permanent way gang based at Blair Atholl for sixteen years before taking voluntary redundancy in 1998 when the gang was disbanded.<br /> <br /> The original station, named Blair Athole High, was opened in September 1863 by the Inverness & Pitlochry Junction Railway. It was later re-modelled with a waiting room for the Duke of Atholl and was renamed in 1893 as Blair Atholl. It was once an important station with a goods yard and engine shed, both now disused and in private ownership. The main station still stands, although it has lost a wing. The northbound building also stands along with the footbridge and south signal box. It has two platforms and it marks the south end of a double track section of the Highland main line. To the south the line is single track, and to the north double, all the way to Dalwhinnie. The station still serves the castle and village of Blair Atholl.<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.