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TITLE
Lochcarron, Dingwall & Skye Railway
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_JOHNTHOMAS_06
PLACENAME
Strome Ferry
DISTRICT
South West Ross
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Lochalsh
PERIOD
1980s; 1990s
CREATOR
John Thomas
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
2068
KEYWORDS
Highland Railway
railways
transport
herring
audio

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The Dingwall and Skye Railway was opened in 1870 but only went as far as Strome Ferry on Loch Carron. It would be another twenty-seven years before the railway reached the terminus at Kyle of Lochalsh. In this audio extract, John Thomas (1914-1982), one of Britain's leading railway historians, talks about the line's first terminus at Strome. The recording was made on board a special excursion train to Kyle of Lochalsh in 1973.

We have now arrived at the shore of Lochcarron. It was the ambition of the promoters of the Dingwall and Skye to reach the western sea and this is the point at which they achieved their ambition. The money ran out when the railway was near here but fortunately, enough further contributions were forthcoming to take it another five miles on to Strome Ferry which remained the terminus of the line for twenty-seven years; by no means an ideal terminus but at least it gave a connection to the fishing vessels and the passenger vessels plying to Skye and Stornoway

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Lochcarron, Dingwall & Skye Railway

ROSS: Lochalsh

1980s; 1990s

Highland Railway; railways; transport; herring; audio

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Bill Sinclair Audio: Dingwall & Skye Railway

The Dingwall and Skye Railway was opened in 1870 but only went as far as Strome Ferry on Loch Carron. It would be another twenty-seven years before the railway reached the terminus at Kyle of Lochalsh. In this audio extract, John Thomas (1914-1982), one of Britain's leading railway historians, talks about the line's first terminus at Strome. The recording was made on board a special excursion train to Kyle of Lochalsh in 1973.<br /> <br /> We have now arrived at the shore of Lochcarron. It was the ambition of the promoters of the Dingwall and Skye to reach the western sea and this is the point at which they achieved their ambition. The money ran out when the railway was near here but fortunately, enough further contributions were forthcoming to take it another five miles on to Strome Ferry which remained the terminus of the line for twenty-seven years; by no means an ideal terminus but at least it gave a connection to the fishing vessels and the passenger vessels plying to Skye and Stornoway