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TITLE
Former train driver, Donald Fachie MacLean, 1997
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_KL_DS080564
PLACENAME
Duirinish
DISTRICT
South West Ross
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Lochalsh
DATE OF IMAGE
June 1997
PERIOD
1990s
CREATOR
Chris Hogg
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
20050
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
Former train driver, Donald Fachie MacLean, 1997

The late Donald Fachie MacLean, retired train driver, photographed in June 1997 at Duirinish, holding the token block key presented to him by former British Rail chairman, Sir Robert Reid, after becoming the last driver to use the system before it was replaced by Radio Electric Token Block (RETB) in 1984. Today the signalling of the line is controlled by the box at Inverness

Donald Fachie MacLean was also a part time crofter. Having more than one occupation is common practice amongst his neighbours in the Highlands. When he retired from the railway he took up crofting full time.

Donald lived in the former railway cottages at Duirinish station and also collected the data from the small weather station located at the station. After the data was collected he transmitted the information through to the Stornoway Meteorological Office on the Isle of Lewis. Today his son Donnie MacLean, also a driver for ScotRail, undertakes this task.

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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Former train driver, Donald Fachie MacLean, 1997

ROSS: Lochalsh

1990s

railway; railways

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Kyle Line

The late Donald Fachie MacLean, retired train driver, photographed in June 1997 at Duirinish, holding the token block key presented to him by former British Rail chairman, Sir Robert Reid, after becoming the last driver to use the system before it was replaced by Radio Electric Token Block (RETB) in 1984. Today the signalling of the line is controlled by the box at Inverness<br /> <br /> Donald Fachie MacLean was also a part time crofter. Having more than one occupation is common practice amongst his neighbours in the Highlands. When he retired from the railway he took up crofting full time.<br /> <br /> Donald lived in the former railway cottages at Duirinish station and also collected the data from the small weather station located at the station. After the data was collected he transmitted the information through to the Stornoway Meteorological Office on the Isle of Lewis. Today his son Donnie MacLean, also a driver for ScotRail, undertakes this task.<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.