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TITLE
Staff of the 'Off the Rails' restaurant at Plockton, 1997
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_KL_DS080577
PLACENAME
Plockton
DISTRICT
South West Ross
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Lochalsh
DATE OF IMAGE
1 July 1997
PERIOD
1990s
CREATOR
Chris Hogg
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
20062
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
stations
restaurants
Staff of the 'Off the Rails' restaurant at Plockton, 1997

The 'Off the Rails' restaurant is housed in the former booking office and waiting room on Plockton station. Photographed in July 1997, owner Jane Mackenzie is standing on the platform outside the restaurant with part of her team. The station buildings today are converted into self catering accomodation.

The station opened in 1897 when the Highland Railway Company completed the last section from Stromeferry to the Kyle of Lochalsh. The initial section from Dingwall to Stromeferry opened in 19 August 1870. The final difficult section took so long to get approval to build because the engineers and workers had to construct 29 bridges, cut through 31 sections of solid rock at an average cost of £20,000 per mile. The cost of the completed build was then the most expensive railway ever built. In 1893 the Stromeferry to Kyle project began with the work been carried out by the Highland Railway Company and its contractors. It took over 80 navvies nearly four years to complete a task that began over thirty years earlier by the Dingwall & Skye Railway Company.

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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Staff of the 'Off the Rails' restaurant at Plockton, 1997

ROSS: Lochalsh

1990s

railway; railways; stations; restaurants

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Kyle Line

The 'Off the Rails' restaurant is housed in the former booking office and waiting room on Plockton station. Photographed in July 1997, owner Jane Mackenzie is standing on the platform outside the restaurant with part of her team. The station buildings today are converted into self catering accomodation.<br /> <br /> The station opened in 1897 when the Highland Railway Company completed the last section from Stromeferry to the Kyle of Lochalsh. The initial section from Dingwall to Stromeferry opened in 19 August 1870. The final difficult section took so long to get approval to build because the engineers and workers had to construct 29 bridges, cut through 31 sections of solid rock at an average cost of £20,000 per mile. The cost of the completed build was then the most expensive railway ever built. In 1893 the Stromeferry to Kyle project began with the work been carried out by the Highland Railway Company and its contractors. It took over 80 navvies nearly four years to complete a task that began over thirty years earlier by the Dingwall & Skye Railway Company.<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.