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TITLE
The railway line between Achnashellach and Craig in 1997
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_KL_DS080550
DATE OF IMAGE
March 1997
PERIOD
1990s
CREATOR
Chris Hogg
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
20036
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
The railway line between Achnashellach and Craig in 1997

The Kyle of Lochalsh line between Achnashellach and Craig was photographed in March 1997.

An accident occurred near this section of line in 1892 when an evening mixed traffic train became separated from its engine and rolled down the steep gradient. When they realised what had happened, the footplate crew set off after it, but at the bottom of the hill the line starts to rise, which stopped the runaway train. It was rolling back down the slope when it ran into its own engine, climbing hard in pursuit. A few passengers were bruised but there were no serious injuries.

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 railway line between Achnashellach and Craig in 1997

1990s

railway; railways

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Kyle Line

The Kyle of Lochalsh line between Achnashellach and Craig was photographed in March 1997.<br /> <br /> An accident occurred near this section of line in 1892 when an evening mixed traffic train became separated from its engine and rolled down the steep gradient. When they realised what had happened, the footplate crew set off after it, but at the bottom of the hill the line starts to rise, which stopped the runaway train. It was rolling back down the slope when it ran into its own engine, climbing hard in pursuit. A few passengers were bruised but there were no serious injuries.<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.