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TITLE
A trackside bothy at Balavil, 2002
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_HML_DS050492
PLACENAME
Balavil
DISTRICT
Badenoch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Alvie
DATE OF IMAGE
April 2002
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Lynn Patrick
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
20012
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
bothies
A trackside bothy at Balavil, 2002

Along the length of the Highland main line, bothies were provided for the permanent way gangs who carried out track maintenance. Before the use of dedicated road vehicles providing transport for the gangs up and down the line, they used to walk their section of the line. These bothies provide refuges from the weather for the gangs on the more remote stretches of the track. They were originally built of brick and later prefabricated concrete, and were provided with a stove and fireplace. Photographed in April 2002, the one at Balavil for the Kingussie permanent way, is a modern day equivalent and is constructed from plastic and fibreglass and is used to house tools and equipment rather than provide just shelter.

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 trackside bothy at Balavil, 2002

INVERNESS: Alvie

2000s

railway; railways; bothies

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Highland Line

Along the length of the Highland main line, bothies were provided for the permanent way gangs who carried out track maintenance. Before the use of dedicated road vehicles providing transport for the gangs up and down the line, they used to walk their section of the line. These bothies provide refuges from the weather for the gangs on the more remote stretches of the track. They were originally built of brick and later prefabricated concrete, and were provided with a stove and fireplace. Photographed in April 2002, the one at Balavil for the Kingussie permanent way, is a modern day equivalent and is constructed from plastic and fibreglass and is used to house tools and equipment rather than provide just shelter. <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.