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TITLE
Former railway staff Willie Duncan & Bert Campbell, 2002
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_HML_DS050474
DATE OF IMAGE
19 September 2002
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Lynn Patrick
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
19995
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
Former railway staff Willie Duncan & Bert Campbell, 2002

Photographed on 19 September 2002 in Inverness are the late Mr Willie Duncan and the late Mr Bert Campbell, both former railway staff who had started their careers with the London Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS).

Mr Duncan started his career in 1932 when he joined the permanent way gang at Inverness, retiring in 1975 after 43 years with the railway. He always worked with track maintenance, except for a short spell as ballast train guard in 1940 working out of Inverness, and held the positions of ganger (based at Aviemore and Dingwall), supervisor (based at Kingussie), inspector (based at Inverness District Headquarters), and supervisor (Inverness District HQ, Highland Lines and Perth Area). He recalled that during his time with the railway walking the miles of the lines, he was never issued with a pair of boots!

Mr Campbell came from a railway family and started his career at Boat of Garten in 1927 as junior clerk. He was the station master at Achnasheen (Kyle of Lochalsh Line), Newtonmore and Aviemore (Highland main line) 1960-1965, becoming the second member of his family to do so, before becoming chief traffic inspector at Inverness. He retired from Inverness as the assistant to the area manager (operations) in 1975.

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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Former railway staff Willie Duncan & Bert Campbell, 2002

2000s

railway; railways

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Highland Line

Photographed on 19 September 2002 in Inverness are the late Mr Willie Duncan and the late Mr Bert Campbell, both former railway staff who had started their careers with the London Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS).<br /> <br /> Mr Duncan started his career in 1932 when he joined the permanent way gang at Inverness, retiring in 1975 after 43 years with the railway. He always worked with track maintenance, except for a short spell as ballast train guard in 1940 working out of Inverness, and held the positions of ganger (based at Aviemore and Dingwall), supervisor (based at Kingussie), inspector (based at Inverness District Headquarters), and supervisor (Inverness District HQ, Highland Lines and Perth Area). He recalled that during his time with the railway walking the miles of the lines, he was never issued with a pair of boots! <br /> <br /> Mr Campbell came from a railway family and started his career at Boat of Garten in 1927 as junior clerk. He was the station master at Achnasheen (Kyle of Lochalsh Line), Newtonmore and Aviemore (Highland main line) 1960-1965, becoming the second member of his family to do so, before becoming chief traffic inspector at Inverness. He retired from Inverness as the assistant to the area manager (operations) in 1975.<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.