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TITLE
Royal Mail staff at Strathcarron, 1997
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_KL_DS080582
PLACENAME
Strathcarron
DISTRICT
Lochcarron
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Lochcarron
DATE OF IMAGE
1 August 1997
PERIOD
1990s
CREATOR
Chris Hogg
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
20067
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
stations
Royal Mail staff at Strathcarron, 1997

Strathcarron post mistress Kristine Mackenzie, centre, with retired post mistress Mrs Morrison and postmen photographed in August 1997 outside the post office at Strathcarron station. This is one of two post offices located at the stations on the Kyle of Lochalsh line, the other being at Achnasheen.

The station at Strathcarron opened in 1870 when the Dingwall & Skye Railway Company completed the line to Stromeferry. It was one of the original stations on the line and the station buildings are similar to those at Achnasheen and Grave. The passing loop here is designed to allow space for train mounted fishing boats to pass each other. The east signal box closed in 1984 and the west box became a gate box from the same date until the conversion of the road crossing to automatic barriers. The building on the westbound platform is the former Strathcarron west signal box, now a waiting room. The station footbridge was constructed by the Rose Street Foundry, Inverness, and was added in 1900.

Strathcarron is located at the head of Loch Carron. The loch is a long tidal sea loch and both the loch and the area take their name from the River Carron.

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 Strathcarron, 1997

ROSS: Lochcarron

1990s

railway; railways; stations

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Kyle Line

Strathcarron post mistress Kristine Mackenzie, centre, with retired post mistress Mrs Morrison and postmen photographed in August 1997 outside the post office at Strathcarron station. This is one of two post offices located at the stations on the Kyle of Lochalsh line, the other being at Achnasheen.<br /> <br /> The station at Strathcarron opened in 1870 when the Dingwall & Skye Railway Company completed the line to Stromeferry. It was one of the original stations on the line and the station buildings are similar to those at Achnasheen and Grave. The passing loop here is designed to allow space for train mounted fishing boats to pass each other. The east signal box closed in 1984 and the west box became a gate box from the same date until the conversion of the road crossing to automatic barriers. The building on the westbound platform is the former Strathcarron west signal box, now a waiting room. The station footbridge was constructed by the Rose Street Foundry, Inverness, and was added in 1900.<br /> <br /> Strathcarron is located at the head of Loch Carron. The loch is a long tidal sea loch and both the loch and the area take their name from the River Carron. <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.