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TITLE
On-board train crew of the ScotRail Caledonian Sleeper, 2003
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_HML_DS050641
DATE OF IMAGE
January 2003
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Lynn Patrick
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
20019
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
trains
On-board train crew of the ScotRail Caledonian Sleeper, 2003

Ann Marie Gillies, sleeper team leader, heads up the on-board train crew of the ScotRail Caledonian Sleeper. They were photographed in January 2003 in the sleeper lounge car.

The Caledonian Sleeper, operated by First ScotRail since 2004, is one of only two remaining sleeper services running on the UK Rail Network, the other being the First Great Western Night Riviera service. The service connects London Euston and five Scottish termini - Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Fort William, Glasgow and Inverness - six times a week (departures are daily except for Saturday nights) and also serves a number of intermediate stations. The service to Fort William is colloquially known as 'The Deerstalker'.

The Highland Caledonian Sleeper service departs London as one train in the early evening for Inverness, Aberdeen and Fort William and travels north along the West Coast main line. After leaving London the service calls at Crewe and Preston. The train arrives at Edinburgh Waverley about six and a half hours later, where it splits into three separate trains bound for Aberdeen, Inverness and Fort William.

Heading south, three sleeper trains depart Fort William, Inverness and Aberdeen, calling at intermediate stations and merging to form one train at Edinburgh Waverley before continuing their journey via Preston and Crewe to London Euston.

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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On-board train crew of the ScotRail Caledonian Sleeper, 2003

2000s

railway; railways; trains

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Highland Line

Ann Marie Gillies, sleeper team leader, heads up the on-board train crew of the ScotRail Caledonian Sleeper. They were photographed in January 2003 in the sleeper lounge car.<br /> <br /> The Caledonian Sleeper, operated by First ScotRail since 2004, is one of only two remaining sleeper services running on the UK Rail Network, the other being the First Great Western Night Riviera service. The service connects London Euston and five Scottish termini - Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Fort William, Glasgow and Inverness - six times a week (departures are daily except for Saturday nights) and also serves a number of intermediate stations. The service to Fort William is colloquially known as 'The Deerstalker'.<br /> <br /> The Highland Caledonian Sleeper service departs London as one train in the early evening for Inverness, Aberdeen and Fort William and travels north along the West Coast main line. After leaving London the service calls at Crewe and Preston. The train arrives at Edinburgh Waverley about six and a half hours later, where it splits into three separate trains bound for Aberdeen, Inverness and Fort William. <br /> <br /> Heading south, three sleeper trains depart Fort William, Inverness and Aberdeen, calling at intermediate stations and merging to form one train at Edinburgh Waverley before continuing their journey via Preston and Crewe to London Euston. <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.