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TITLE
Committee of the Friends of the Kyle line, 1997
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_KL_DS080597
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
20082
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
Committee of the Friends of the Kyle line, 1997

Roni Miller, administrator, and Tom Campbell, secretary of the Friends of the Kyle line, photographed in July 1997 standing on the rise above the Kyle of Lochalsh station.

The Friends of the Kyle line were initially established to save the line from closure with its primary objective to protect and ensure its future. Traffic along the line fell dramatically with the widespread use and popularity of the car. It reached a point where the railway management decided that the viability of the line should be studied. Dr Beeching marked the line for closure in 1963 but the line was reprieved. In 1970 the line was again destined to close but again the decision was overturned in 1974. Both the Kyle and Far North lines saw increased rail traffic during the oil boom. Today, they form one of the lifelines to remote communities and are a popular tourist attraction.

Today the Friends' headquarters are located in the station buildings at Kyle. Here they share the building with the railway and other private enterprises.

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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Committee of the Friends of the Kyle line, 1997

ROSS: Lochalsh

1990s

railway; railways

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Kyle Line

Roni Miller, administrator, and Tom Campbell, secretary of the Friends of the Kyle line, photographed in July 1997 standing on the rise above the Kyle of Lochalsh station.<br /> <br /> The Friends of the Kyle line were initially established to save the line from closure with its primary objective to protect and ensure its future. Traffic along the line fell dramatically with the widespread use and popularity of the car. It reached a point where the railway management decided that the viability of the line should be studied. Dr Beeching marked the line for closure in 1963 but the line was reprieved. In 1970 the line was again destined to close but again the decision was overturned in 1974. Both the Kyle and Far North lines saw increased rail traffic during the oil boom. Today, they form one of the lifelines to remote communities and are a popular tourist attraction.<br /> <br /> Today the Friends' headquarters are located in the station buildings at Kyle. Here they share the building with the railway and other private enterprises.<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.