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TITLE
The former Royal waiting room at Perth, 2002
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_HML_DS050451
PLACENAME
Perth
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
PERTH
DATE OF IMAGE
October 2002
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Lynn Patrick
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
19973
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
railway stations
The former Royal waiting room at Perth, 2002

The former Royal waiting room photographed in October 2002 was built for Queen Victoria where she would take breakfast on her way to Balmoral. It is now used as accommodation for ScotRail staff members and great care is taken of the fabric of the room as it is a listed building.

Perth General Station was designed by Sir William Tite in 1847 and at one time had nine platforms. The name 'General' reflected the fact that several railway companies owned it. Historically the station was an important junction for several different railway companies whose lines ended at Perth. Today, ScotRail and National Express share the station's facilities.

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 former Royal waiting room at Perth, 2002

PERTH

2000s

railway; railways; railway stations

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Highland Line

The former Royal waiting room photographed in October 2002 was built for Queen Victoria where she would take breakfast on her way to Balmoral. It is now used as accommodation for ScotRail staff members and great care is taken of the fabric of the room as it is a listed building.<br /> <br /> Perth General Station was designed by Sir William Tite in 1847 and at one time had nine platforms. The name 'General' reflected the fact that several railway companies owned it. Historically the station was an important junction for several different railway companies whose lines ended at Perth. Today, ScotRail and National Express share the station's facilities.<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.