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TITLE
Transporting mines on the Highland railways
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_HIGHRAILWAY_07
PERIOD
1980s
CREATOR
unknown
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
2017
KEYWORDS
Second World War
transportation
audio

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During World War II the Highland railways played an important role, transporting freight and troops to and from the naval bases, airfields, coastal defences, and supply bases throughout the region. In this audio extract, a former railway employee remembers transporting a hazardous cargo.

'I was working a train from Perth one time and as we came over the Grampians there was a terrific gale, and a sheet, a cover, a wagon cover, blew off this wagon of mines; course the whole train was mines. And I climbed up onto the wagon to see if we could put the sheet over and I saw the triggers as you'd call them, on the mines, and I says to the driver, 'I'm getting out of here very quick'

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Transporting mines on the Highland railways

1980s

Second World War; transportation; audio

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Bill Sinclair Audio: Highland Railways

During World War II the Highland railways played an important role, transporting freight and troops to and from the naval bases, airfields, coastal defences, and supply bases throughout the region. In this audio extract, a former railway employee remembers transporting a hazardous cargo.<br /> <br /> 'I was working a train from Perth one time and as we came over the Grampians there was a terrific gale, and a sheet, a cover, a wagon cover, blew off this wagon of mines; course the whole train was mines. And I climbed up onto the wagon to see if we could put the sheet over and I saw the triggers as you'd call them, on the mines, and I says to the driver, 'I'm getting out of here very quick'