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TITLE
Rail Yard, Kyle of Lochalsh
EXTERNAL ID
PC_RAMSAY_020
PLACENAME
Kyle of Lochalsh
DISTRICT
South West Ross
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Lochalsh
PERIOD
1930s
CREATOR
Duncan Macpherson
SOURCE
William J Ramsay
ASSET ID
29728
KEYWORDS
railway station
sidings
steam engine
Rail Yard, Kyle of Lochalsh

This photograph shows the busy railway yard and terminus in Kyle of Lochalsh. A steamer can just be seen on the right at the pier, and trains with their billowing clouds of steam are preparing to move away. This scene only became possible after 1897 when the railway to Kyle was completed. Previously the rail line ended in Stromeferry, with goods and people going to further destinations by steamer. Stromeferry's decline meant an expansion in Kyle in both population and industry. The port became a major stop for steamers, and also became the most used route to the Isle of Skye.

The line from Stromeferry to Kyle was long, difficult and expensive and dangerous, with great areas of rock having to be blasted to create the trackbed. This final 10 miles took four years to construct, at a cost of approximately £20,000 per mile - a lot of money in 1897. As evidenced by this photograph, the blasting continued right to the coast, with tons of rock having to be moved to create space for the sidings, engine sheds, platforms and station


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Rail Yard, Kyle of Lochalsh

ROSS: Lochalsh

1930s

railway station; sidings; steam engine

William J Ramsay

Duncan Macpherson (photographs)

This photograph shows the busy railway yard and terminus in Kyle of Lochalsh. A steamer can just be seen on the right at the pier, and trains with their billowing clouds of steam are preparing to move away. This scene only became possible after 1897 when the railway to Kyle was completed. Previously the rail line ended in Stromeferry, with goods and people going to further destinations by steamer. Stromeferry's decline meant an expansion in Kyle in both population and industry. The port became a major stop for steamers, and also became the most used route to the Isle of Skye. <br /> <br /> The line from Stromeferry to Kyle was long, difficult and expensive and dangerous, with great areas of rock having to be blasted to create the trackbed. This final 10 miles took four years to construct, at a cost of approximately £20,000 per mile - a lot of money in 1897. As evidenced by this photograph, the blasting continued right to the coast, with tons of rock having to be moved to create space for the sidings, engine sheds, platforms and station <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href=""mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com"">Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a><br />