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TITLE
Willy Hutton, signaller at Blair Atholl, 2002
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_HML_DS050468
PLACENAME
Blair Atholl
DISTRICT
Perthshire - Highland
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
PERTH: Blair Atholl
DATE OF IMAGE
July 2002
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Lynn Patrick
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
19989
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
railway stations
signal boxes
Willy Hutton, signaller at Blair Atholl, 2002

Signaller Willy Hutton was photographed in July 2002 on duty at the Blair Atholl signal box. Like many railwaymen, he is from a railway family. Both his father and grandfather worked for the railway. Willy started his career as a signalman and at that time he was the youngest signalman in Scotland. He switched the course of his career and worked for twelve years with the permanent way gang based at Blair Atholl. This gang was disbanded in 1998 and Willy once again became a signaller. Now he is the resident signaller for the Blair Atholl box.

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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Willy Hutton, signaller at Blair Atholl, 2002

PERTH: Blair Atholl

2000s

railway; railways; railway stations; signal boxes

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Highland Line

Signaller Willy Hutton was photographed in July 2002 on duty at the Blair Atholl signal box. Like many railwaymen, he is from a railway family. Both his father and grandfather worked for the railway. Willy started his career as a signalman and at that time he was the youngest signalman in Scotland. He switched the course of his career and worked for twelve years with the permanent way gang based at Blair Atholl. This gang was disbanded in 1998 and Willy once again became a signaller. Now he is the resident signaller for the Blair Atholl box.<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.