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TITLE
A service train standing at Inverness station, 2003
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_HML_DS050488
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF IMAGE
22 January 2003
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Lynn Patrick
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
20008
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
railway stations
trains
A service train standing at Inverness station, 2003

A ScotRail Class 170 418 (turbostar) standing at Inverness station was photographed on 22 January 2003.

The station was designed by the Highland Railway engineer, Joseph Mitchell, and built in 1855 by the Inverness & Nairn Railway when the line to Nairn was opened. It opened for passenger services on 7 November 1855 and goods trains on 3 December of the same year. It was extended by Murdoch Paterson in 1876 and a modern entrance was applied to its frontage in 1968. Colourful plaques inside commemorate the building of the Inverness & Aberdeen Junction Railway, and the directors of that company. A train maintenance depot, engine sheds and freight sidings are located to the north of the station, while the Royal Highland Hotel (formerly the Station Hotel) lies adjacent. The roundhouse and turntable complex lying just to the east was demolished in 1963, and today is the site of a supermarket. The railway station played an important role in the expansion of the Inverness both as a commercial centre and a tourist destination.

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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A service train standing at Inverness station, 2003

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

2000s

railway; railways; railway stations; trains

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Highland Line

A ScotRail Class 170 418 (turbostar) standing at Inverness station was photographed on 22 January 2003.<br /> <br /> The station was designed by the Highland Railway engineer, Joseph Mitchell, and built in 1855 by the Inverness & Nairn Railway when the line to Nairn was opened. It opened for passenger services on 7 November 1855 and goods trains on 3 December of the same year. It was extended by Murdoch Paterson in 1876 and a modern entrance was applied to its frontage in 1968. Colourful plaques inside commemorate the building of the Inverness & Aberdeen Junction Railway, and the directors of that company. A train maintenance depot, engine sheds and freight sidings are located to the north of the station, while the Royal Highland Hotel (formerly the Station Hotel) lies adjacent. The roundhouse and turntable complex lying just to the east was demolished in 1963, and today is the site of a supermarket. The railway station played an important role in the expansion of the Inverness both as a commercial centre and a tourist destination.<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.