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Dunrobin private station in the snow, 1902

Dunrobin private station in the snow, 1902

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LOCATION: Dunrobin
PERIOD: 1900s
DISTRICT: Golspie, Rogart and Lairg
CONTRIBUTOR: Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
COLLECTION NAME: Railway Lantern slides
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This picture shows Dunrobin private station in the snow, 1902.

Dunrobin station in Sutherland opened in November 1870 as part of the Duke of Sutherland's Railway between Golspie, Brora and Helmsdale. The Duke himself - George Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, 3rd Duke of Sutherland - paid to build this railway. This is now part of the Far North Line between Inverness and Wick/Thurso.

This was originally a private station for Dunrobin castle, the Duke's home. The station closed on 29 January 1965 but it was reopened as "Dunrobin Castle" on 30 June 1985. The station is open each year in spring and summer for tourists visiting the castle.

In addition to having their own private station, the Dukes of Sutherland also had their own private train.

The 4th Duke - Cromartie Sutherland-Leveson-Gower - bought a locomotive in 1895 named "Dunrobin" and this was used by the family until around 1920. Among the people who travelled aboard Dunrobin were four kings (Edward VII, George V, George VI, Alfonso King of Spain and Kaiser Wilhelm II) and Winston Churchill.

After more than 20 years in Canada, this locomotive was bought by Beamish Museum in County Durham in 2011 where it will once again pull a train.


Some other items in this collection...

HR 144 'Blair Castle' 'decorated to pull the

HR 144 'Blair Castle' 'decorated to pull the "Grand Press" tour of the Highlands

HR 96

HR 96 "Glentilt"

Train headed by No 149 'Duncraig Castle'

Train headed by No 149 'Duncraig Castle'

Lybster station opening

Lybster station opening

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