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TITLE
Railway freight during war time
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_HIGHRAILWAY_11
PLACENAME
Alness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS
PERIOD
1980s
CREATOR
unknown
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
2023
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 recalls some of the freight traffic at Alness.

'There was quite a lot of timber traffic; the Canadians were there, the Ministry of Supply and the private firm were there loading timber in the main, cutting the trees down and going to the mines. We also had whisky traffic came in from Clydebank; after the severe bombing of Clydebank their whisky was taken and distributed throughout the Highlands and Alness was one of the places where quite a number of whisky barrels were stored'

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Railway freight during war time

ROSS

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 recalls some of the freight traffic at Alness.<br /> <br /> 'There was quite a lot of timber traffic; the Canadians were there, the Ministry of Supply and the private firm were there loading timber in the main, cutting the trees down and going to the mines. We also had whisky traffic came in from Clydebank; after the severe bombing of Clydebank their whisky was taken and distributed throughout the Highlands and Alness was one of the places where quite a number of whisky barrels were stored'