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TITLE
A service train crossing the Aultnaslanach viaduct, 2002
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_HML_DS050447
PLACENAME
Aultnaslanach
DISTRICT
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Moy and Dalarossie
DATE OF IMAGE
June 2002
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Lynn Patrick
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
19969
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
trains
viaducts
A service train crossing the Aultnaslanach viaduct, 2002

A ScotRail Class 170 (Turbostar) photographed in June 2002 crossing the Aultnaslanach viaduct north of Moy, which is seen here undergoing a £2.6 million restoration programme by Arup Scotland after rot was discovered in some of its timbers. A concrete structure was inserted to take the load of the railway, thus protecting the original viaduct.



This is the only wooden railway viaduct on the UK rail network and is also known as Allt na Slanach or Allt na Slanaich Viaduct. It is located 1 km west southwest of Moy Hall and 13 km southeast of Inverness. It carries the Highland main line across the Allt na Slanaich, a tributary of the Moy Burn. It was completed in 1897, and was designed and built by Murdoch Paterson, Chief Engineer to the Highland Railway. It comprises five spans each of 7 metres (23 feet), and wood was chosen to minimise the weight of the structure which crosses boggy ground. The viaduct, given its unique nature, was listed as a Category A in 1976.



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 Aultnaslanach viaduct, 2002

INVERNESS: Moy and Dalarossie

2000s

railway; railways; trains; viaducts

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Highland Line

A ScotRail Class 170 (Turbostar) photographed in June 2002 crossing the Aultnaslanach viaduct north of Moy, which is seen here undergoing a £2.6 million restoration programme by Arup Scotland after rot was discovered in some of its timbers. A concrete structure was inserted to take the load of the railway, thus protecting the original viaduct.<br /><br /> <br /><br /> This is the only wooden railway viaduct on the UK rail network and is also known as Allt na Slanach or Allt na Slanaich Viaduct. It is located 1 km west southwest of Moy Hall and 13 km southeast of Inverness. It carries the Highland main line across the Allt na Slanaich, a tributary of the Moy Burn. It was completed in 1897, and was designed and built by Murdoch Paterson, Chief Engineer to the Highland Railway. It comprises five spans each of 7 metres (23 feet), and wood was chosen to minimise the weight of the structure which crosses boggy ground. The viaduct, given its unique nature, was listed as a Category A in 1976. <br /><br /> <br /><br /> Background<br /><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 /> <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 /> <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 /> <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.