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TITLE
Former railway employee, Bert Keillor, 2002
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_HML_DS050478
PLACENAME
Blair Atholl
DISTRICT
Perthshire - Highland
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
PERTH: Blair Atholl
DATE OF IMAGE
November 2002
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Lynn Patrick
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
19999
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
Former railway employee, Bert Keillor, 2002

Mr Bert Keillor, photographed in November 2002, stands in his garden at Blair Atholl. Behind him is a former Highland Railway carriage now used as a garden shed. Before the carriage arrived in Bert's garden it was used by the local Blair Atholl branch of the National Union of Railwaymen (NUR) for whist drives. The carriage, when moved to its present home, was divided into two sections and used as sheds. Before retiring, Bert worked on the railway, starting his career in 1937 at Perth as a cleaner. He graduated to fireman and passed as driver and was based at Blair Atholl on the Highland main line, and drove the pilot train over Druimuachdar. When the Blair Atholl shed closed in 1961 he moved to Perth and finally retired from the railway at Pitlochry station where he was working as a porter.

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 employee, Bert Keillor, 2002

PERTH: Blair Atholl

2000s

railway; railways

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Highland Line

Mr Bert Keillor, photographed in November 2002, stands in his garden at Blair Atholl. Behind him is a former Highland Railway carriage now used as a garden shed. Before the carriage arrived in Bert's garden it was used by the local Blair Atholl branch of the National Union of Railwaymen (NUR) for whist drives. The carriage, when moved to its present home, was divided into two sections and used as sheds. Before retiring, Bert worked on the railway, starting his career in 1937 at Perth as a cleaner. He graduated to fireman and passed as driver and was based at Blair Atholl on the Highland main line, and drove the pilot train over Druimuachdar. When the Blair Atholl shed closed in 1961 he moved to Perth and finally retired from the railway at Pitlochry station where he was working as a porter.<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.