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TITLE
Memories of the Black Isle Railway (9 of 16)
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_BLACKISLERAIL_09
PLACENAME
Fortrose
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Rosemarkie
PERIOD
1980s
CREATOR
unknown
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
41180
KEYWORDS
railways
railroads
trains
engines
firemen
audio

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The Black Isle Railway was originally a branch of the Highland Railway network. It carried passengers from 1894 until 1951 (freight until 1960) and ran from Muir of Ord to Fortrose with intermediary stations at Redcastle, Allangrange, Munlochy and Avoch.

In this audio extract from the 1980s, a former Black Isle Railway fireman remembers problems with the track at Fortrose.

'Fortrose was a difficult place to operate from because you'd a very steep incline right at the end of the station platform, you started to climb and if you were using, or if you had a heavy goods - timber or livestock - then you didn't get a sufficient start and you did use a lot of sand. The older type engine, the type of sanding apparatus that was on them, in many cases, if it were not used properly, sometimes held you up more than help you because it was putting on too much sand. Eventually steam sanding came in and this was, of course it was newer and it was much more efficient.

Another thing going up from Fortrose you had trees overhanging the railway. This, if it was wet, you had the juice which tended to make the rail slippery, more slippery than if it were dry'

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Memories of the Black Isle Railway (9 of 16)

ROSS: Rosemarkie

1980s

railways; railroads; trains; engines; firemen; audio

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Bill Sinclair Audio: Black Isle Railway

The Black Isle Railway was originally a branch of the Highland Railway network. It carried passengers from 1894 until 1951 (freight until 1960) and ran from Muir of Ord to Fortrose with intermediary stations at Redcastle, Allangrange, Munlochy and Avoch. <br /> <br /> In this audio extract from the 1980s, a former Black Isle Railway fireman remembers problems with the track at Fortrose.<br /> <br /> 'Fortrose was a difficult place to operate from because you'd a very steep incline right at the end of the station platform, you started to climb and if you were using, or if you had a heavy goods - timber or livestock - then you didn't get a sufficient start and you did use a lot of sand. The older type engine, the type of sanding apparatus that was on them, in many cases, if it were not used properly, sometimes held you up more than help you because it was putting on too much sand. Eventually steam sanding came in and this was, of course it was newer and it was much more efficient.<br /> <br /> Another thing going up from Fortrose you had trees overhanging the railway. This, if it was wet, you had the juice which tended to make the rail slippery, more slippery than if it were dry'