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TITLE
On-board train crew of the GNER 'Highland Chieftain', 2003
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_HML_DS050642
DATE OF IMAGE
January 2003
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Lynn Patrick
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
20020
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
trains
On-board train crew of the GNER 'Highland Chieftain', 2003

The GNER 'Highland Chieftain' on-board train crew were photographed in the dining car in January 2003. The crew consists of Customer Service Manager Alex Elliott, Chef Stuart Gillon, Customer Service Assistants Christine Kelly and Paul Griffiths. Together they crew the outward and return service from Inverness to Edinburgh.

The 'Highland Chieftain' has been operated by National Express East Coast since December 2007. It is a daily service that runs from Inverness to London Kings Cross, and is one of the few services that still provide a restaurant car for its customers. The route is one of the longest in Britain at 935km (581 miles) and the journey time is just over eight hours. Longer routes on the rail network include the Caledonian Sleeper, operated by National Express East Coast, and the train service from Penzance to Dundee operated by CrossCountry, which covers 1,135km (705 miles).

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 GNER 'Highland Chieftain', 2003

2000s

railway; railways; trains

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Highland Line

The GNER 'Highland Chieftain' on-board train crew were photographed in the dining car in January 2003. The crew consists of Customer Service Manager Alex Elliott, Chef Stuart Gillon, Customer Service Assistants Christine Kelly and Paul Griffiths. Together they crew the outward and return service from Inverness to Edinburgh. <br /> <br /> The 'Highland Chieftain' has been operated by National Express East Coast since December 2007. It is a daily service that runs from Inverness to London Kings Cross, and is one of the few services that still provide a restaurant car for its customers. The route is one of the longest in Britain at 935km (581 miles) and the journey time is just over eight hours. Longer routes on the rail network include the Caledonian Sleeper, operated by National Express East Coast, and the train service from Penzance to Dundee operated by CrossCountry, which covers 1,135km (705 miles). <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.