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TITLE
Royal Mail staff at Achnasheen, 1997
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_KL_DS080576
PLACENAME
Achnasheen
DISTRICT
Muir of Ord
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Contin
DATE OF IMAGE
June 1997
PERIOD
1990s
CREATOR
Chris Hogg
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
20061
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
royal mail
Royal Mail staff at Achnasheen, 1997

Achnasheen postmistress Jill Davenport and post bus driver Gill Beamer photographed in June1997, waiting by the Royal Mail post bus outside the station at Achnasheen. This post bus is timetabled to meet the arrival of the ScotRail train service from the Kyle of Lochalsh. This is one of two post offices located at the stations on the Kyle of Lochalsh line, the other being at Strathcarron.

The post bus forms part of the integrated transport system of the area and provides a vital lifeline by collecting and delivering mail, and people, to the surrounding area.

The post bus services operated by Royal Mail, began in 1967 to replace rapidly declining local bus and rail services in rural areas. 2006 saw more than 200 twice-daily services. The service in some areas is the only form of public transport available. Key areas of operation include the Scottish Highlands and Islands, Yorkshire Dales and South West Scotland.

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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Royal Mail staff at Achnasheen, 1997

ROSS: Contin

1990s

railway; railways; royal mail

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Kyle Line

Achnasheen postmistress Jill Davenport and post bus driver Gill Beamer photographed in June1997, waiting by the Royal Mail post bus outside the station at Achnasheen. This post bus is timetabled to meet the arrival of the ScotRail train service from the Kyle of Lochalsh. This is one of two post offices located at the stations on the Kyle of Lochalsh line, the other being at Strathcarron.<br /> <br /> The post bus forms part of the integrated transport system of the area and provides a vital lifeline by collecting and delivering mail, and people, to the surrounding area. <br /> <br /> The post bus services operated by Royal Mail, began in 1967 to replace rapidly declining local bus and rail services in rural areas. 2006 saw more than 200 twice-daily services. The service in some areas is the only form of public transport available. Key areas of operation include the Scottish Highlands and Islands, Yorkshire Dales and South West Scotland.<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.