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TITLE
Police Constable Kevin Porter at Perth Station, 2002
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_HML_DS050472
PLACENAME
Perth
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
PERTH
DATE OF IMAGE
13 December 2002
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Lynn Patrick
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
19993
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
railway stations
police officers
Police Constable Kevin Porter at Perth Station, 2002

Police Constable 2472, Kevin Porter, of the British Transport Police (BTP) was photographed at Perth station on 13 December 2002. His beat on the Highland main line covers Perth to Dalwhinnie, where his colleagues take over the policing of the line to Inverness.

The first railway employees described as 'police' can be traced back to 30 June 1826. The modern BTP was formed by the British Transport Commission Act 1949 which combined the forces inherited by British Railways from the pre-nationalised network. It is the specialist national police service for the UK railway network and deals with major and minor crimes, disorder and incidents. It also covers the London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, Glasgow Subway, Midland Metro, and the Croydon Tramlink systems.

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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Police Constable Kevin Porter at Perth Station, 2002

PERTH

2000s

railway; railways; railway stations; police officers

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Highland Line

Police Constable 2472, Kevin Porter, of the British Transport Police (BTP) was photographed at Perth station on 13 December 2002. His beat on the Highland main line covers Perth to Dalwhinnie, where his colleagues take over the policing of the line to Inverness.<br /> <br /> The first railway employees described as 'police' can be traced back to 30 June 1826. The modern BTP was formed by the British Transport Commission Act 1949 which combined the forces inherited by British Railways from the pre-nationalised network. It is the specialist national police service for the UK railway network and deals with major and minor crimes, disorder and incidents. It also covers the London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, Glasgow Subway, Midland Metro, and the Croydon Tramlink systems. <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.