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TITLE
Jim Gray of Aviemore, 2002
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_HML_DS050473
PLACENAME
Aviemore
DISTRICT
Badenoch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Duthil and Rothiemurchus
DATE OF IMAGE
November 2002
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Lynn Patrick
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
19994
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
houses
Jim Gray of Aviemore, 2002

Jim Gray was photographed in November 2002 standing outside his home at Aviemore. The original house dates from 1927 and was built from railway sleepers by Jim's father. In 1948 Jim expanded the property after his father died. The practice of building dwellings and sheds using sleepers was common to the area and many remain standing alongside the Highland main line. They either appear in their natural state or have been what are termed, 'rough cast'.

Jim, like many railwaymen, comes from a railway family. His father also worked for the railway. Jim started his railway career at Aviemore in 1940 where he reached the rank of fireman. In the 1960s, as a result of Dr Beeching's cuts, he took a 'golden handshake' and went to work in Aviemore Village as a gaming machine maintenance man before moving on to an engineering firm, also located in Aviemore, as a machine tool operator. He was made redundant when this firm closed and is now retired.

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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Jim Gray of Aviemore, 2002

INVERNESS: Duthil and Rothiemurchus

2000s

railway; railways; houses

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Highland Line

Jim Gray was photographed in November 2002 standing outside his home at Aviemore. The original house dates from 1927 and was built from railway sleepers by Jim's father. In 1948 Jim expanded the property after his father died. The practice of building dwellings and sheds using sleepers was common to the area and many remain standing alongside the Highland main line. They either appear in their natural state or have been what are termed, 'rough cast'.<br /> <br /> Jim, like many railwaymen, comes from a railway family. His father also worked for the railway. Jim started his railway career at Aviemore in 1940 where he reached the rank of fireman. In the 1960s, as a result of Dr Beeching's cuts, he took a 'golden handshake' and went to work in Aviemore Village as a gaming machine maintenance man before moving on to an engineering firm, also located in Aviemore, as a machine tool operator. He was made redundant when this firm closed and is now retired. <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.