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The Caledonian Sleeper service preparation crew at Inverness, 1997
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_KL_DS080545
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF IMAGE
1 July 1997
PERIOD
1990s
CREATOR
Chris Hogg
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
20031
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
trains
The Caledonian Sleeper service preparation crew at Inverness, 1997

The ScotRail Caledonian Sleeper service preparation crew in the workshop at Inverness were photographed in July 1997. The team prepares the carriages for their overnight journey from Inverness to London Euston.

The Caledonian Sleeper has been operated by First ScotRail since 2004, and 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. These trains call at intermediate stations en route before arriving at their final destinations.

Heading south, three individual sleeper trains depart from Fort William, Inverness and Aberdeen, calling at intermediate stations, merging to form one train at Edinburgh Waverley before continuing their journey along the West Coast main line 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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The Caledonian Sleeper service preparation crew at Inverness, 1997

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

1990s

railway; railways; trains

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Kyle Line

The ScotRail Caledonian Sleeper service preparation crew in the workshop at Inverness were photographed in July 1997. The team prepares the carriages for their overnight journey from Inverness to London Euston.<br /> <br /> The Caledonian Sleeper has been operated by First ScotRail since 2004, and 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. These trains call at intermediate stations en route before arriving at their final destinations. <br /> <br /> Heading south, three individual sleeper trains depart from Fort William, Inverness and Aberdeen, calling at intermediate stations, merging to form one train at Edinburgh Waverley before continuing their journey along the West Coast main line 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.