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TITLE
Steve Marley, signaller at Stanley Junction, 2003
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_HML_DS050469
PLACENAME
Stanley
DISTRICT
Perth
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
PERTH
DATE OF IMAGE
March 2003
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Lynn Patrick
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
19990
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
railway stations
signal boxes
Steve Marley, signaller at Stanley Junction, 2003

Signaller Steve Marley was photographed in March 2003 on duty in the Stanley Junction signal box. Steve was a former textile worker in Lanarkshire. He joined the railway in the late 1990s and is the residential signaller for Stanley Junction.

Stanley Junction stands just north of Perth on what was the Caledonian Railway main line towards Forfar and Aberdeen. It was an important junction, for it is here that the Highland Railway main line to Inverness originated. In 1967 the main line towards Forfar closed as a through route, being retained only as a freight line to Forfar with an intermediate crossing box at Coupar Angus. In 1982 the line closed altogether and the box lost its junction status. It now stands at the end of the double track section from Perth and the start of the single line over the Highland main line.

Stanley Junction signal box was built in 1961 with a 45-lever Stevens frame to control the layout, together with a switch panel to control intermediate locations between it and the power box at Perth, which opened at the same time.

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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Steve Marley, signaller at Stanley Junction, 2003

PERTH

2000s

railway; railways; railway stations; signal boxes

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Highland Line

Signaller Steve Marley was photographed in March 2003 on duty in the Stanley Junction signal box. Steve was a former textile worker in Lanarkshire. He joined the railway in the late 1990s and is the residential signaller for Stanley Junction.<br /> <br /> Stanley Junction stands just north of Perth on what was the Caledonian Railway main line towards Forfar and Aberdeen. It was an important junction, for it is here that the Highland Railway main line to Inverness originated. In 1967 the main line towards Forfar closed as a through route, being retained only as a freight line to Forfar with an intermediate crossing box at Coupar Angus. In 1982 the line closed altogether and the box lost its junction status. It now stands at the end of the double track section from Perth and the start of the single line over the Highland main line.<br /> <br /> Stanley Junction signal box was built in 1961 with a 45-lever Stevens frame to control the layout, together with a switch panel to control intermediate locations between it and the power box at Perth, which opened at the same time.<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.