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TITLE
Staff of The Seafood Restaurant, Kyle, 1997
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_KL_DS080588
PLACENAME
Kyle of Lochalsh
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
20073
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
stations
restaurants
Staff of The Seafood Restaurant, Kyle, 1997

The Seafood Restaurant is housed in part of the former station buildings at the Kyle of Lochalsh. Part of the staff team, photographed in July 1997, is seen here gathered in the restaurant.

The station opened in 1897 with the completion of the Kyle line. The station building is a single storey construction in the West Highland Railway Swiss chalet style. Today the station building is shared by the railway and private enterprise.

Before the coming of the railway there were no more than three houses in Kyle. On the day of the first train, the bay took on the more elaborate name of Kyle of Lochalsh. Kyle was essentially a green field site. A village had to be constructed for the railway staff including a hotel, shops, a library and accommodation.

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 Seafood Restaurant, Kyle, 1997

ROSS: Lochalsh

1990s

railway; railways; stations; restaurants

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Kyle Line

The Seafood Restaurant is housed in part of the former station buildings at the Kyle of Lochalsh. Part of the staff team, photographed in July 1997, is seen here gathered in the restaurant.<br /> <br /> The station opened in 1897 with the completion of the Kyle line. The station building is a single storey construction in the West Highland Railway Swiss chalet style. Today the station building is shared by the railway and private enterprise. <br /> <br /> Before the coming of the railway there were no more than three houses in Kyle. On the day of the first train, the bay took on the more elaborate name of Kyle of Lochalsh. Kyle was essentially a green field site. A village had to be constructed for the railway staff including a hotel, shops, a library and accommodation. <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.