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TITLE
Freight loads at Aviemore Station during the war
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_HIGHRAILWAY_15
PLACENAME
Aviemore
DISTRICT
Badenoch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Duthil and Rothiemurchus
PERIOD
1980s
CREATOR
unknown
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
2029
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 the heavy freight loads at Aviemore Station.

'There were nine hundred and sixty-eight loaded wagons in the station and yard. On this particular Friday there were five passenger trains to go south. Mid-afternoon, the eight-twenty from Perth arrived in the down lane and the twelve noon from Inverness arrived in the up lane. With those additional passenger trains there was no path available for the freights and they just had to remain on the main lines'

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Freight loads at Aviemore Station during the war

INVERNESS: Duthil and Rothiemurchus

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 the heavy freight loads at Aviemore Station.<br /> <br /> 'There were nine hundred and sixty-eight loaded wagons in the station and yard. On this particular Friday there were five passenger trains to go south. Mid-afternoon, the eight-twenty from Perth arrived in the down lane and the twelve noon from Inverness arrived in the up lane. With those additional passenger trains there was no path available for the freights and they just had to remain on the main lines'