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TITLE
The McIvers at Killiecrankie, 2001
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_HML_DS050462
PLACENAME
Killiecrankie
DISTRICT
Perthshire - Highland
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
PERTH: Blair Atholl
DATE OF IMAGE
July 2001
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Lynn Patrick
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
19983
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
railway stations
The McIvers at Killiecrankie, 2001

Photographed in July 2001, Malcolm and Margaret McIver stand outside their home in the former Station Master's house at Killiecrankie. The McIvers bought the house directly from the railway in the early 1960s when BR was selling off railway property. The house commands a view of Soldiers Leap on the River Garry and the Killiecrankie viaduct that carries the Highland main line. The Highland Chieftain service, operated by Great North Eastern Railway (GNER), can be seen crossing the viaduct. This service departs London Kings Cross/Inverness and travels to Inverness/London Kings Cross. The route is one of the longest in Britain at 935km (581 miles) and the train takes just over eight hours to cover the journey. Today, this service is operated by National Express East Coast after the GNER franchise passed to them on 9 December 2007.

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 McIvers at Killiecrankie, 2001

PERTH: Blair Atholl

2000s

railway; railways; railway stations

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Highland Line

Photographed in July 2001, Malcolm and Margaret McIver stand outside their home in the former Station Master's house at Killiecrankie. The McIvers bought the house directly from the railway in the early 1960s when BR was selling off railway property. The house commands a view of Soldiers Leap on the River Garry and the Killiecrankie viaduct that carries the Highland main line. The Highland Chieftain service, operated by Great North Eastern Railway (GNER), can be seen crossing the viaduct. This service departs London Kings Cross/Inverness and travels to Inverness/London Kings Cross. The route is one of the longest in Britain at 935km (581 miles) and the train takes just over eight hours to cover the journey. Today, this service is operated by National Express East Coast after the GNER franchise passed to them on 9 December 2007.<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.