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TITLE
Members of 'The Royal Scotsman' onboard crew, 1997
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_KL_DS080575
DATE OF IMAGE
1 July 1997
PERIOD
1990s
CREATOR
Chris Hogg
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
20060
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
trains
Members of 'The Royal Scotsman' onboard crew, 1997

Members of 'The Royal Scotsman' on-board crew seated in the observation car after this special charter train's overnight stay at the Kyle of Lochalsh station, photographed in July 1997.

'The Royal Scotsman' is owned by Orient-Express Hotels, Trains & Cruises and operated by The Great Scottish & Western Railway Company and provides moving hotel accommodation for the on board guests. The train has nine cars (carriages) which are made up of the observation car, dining cars one and two, five state cars and one crew car. The open-ended observation car was converted from the Pullman kitchen car, Snipe. Originally built in 1960 by the Metropolitan-Cammell Carriage & Wagon Company, it entered service in 1961 as a first class kitchen car. In 1989, the car was bought from its private owner and converted to its current configuration.

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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Members of 'The Royal Scotsman' onboard crew, 1997

1990s

railway; railways; trains

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Kyle Line

Members of 'The Royal Scotsman' on-board crew seated in the observation car after this special charter train's overnight stay at the Kyle of Lochalsh station, photographed in July 1997.<br /> <br /> 'The Royal Scotsman' is owned by Orient-Express Hotels, Trains & Cruises and operated by The Great Scottish & Western Railway Company and provides moving hotel accommodation for the on board guests. The train has nine cars (carriages) which are made up of the observation car, dining cars one and two, five state cars and one crew car. The open-ended observation car was converted from the Pullman kitchen car, Snipe. Originally built in 1960 by the Metropolitan-Cammell Carriage & Wagon Company, it entered service in 1961 as a first class kitchen car. In 1989, the car was bought from its private owner and converted to its current configuration.<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.