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Studying the railways of the Scottish Highlands  

Links to other organisations of interest

The links below have been split into categories for easier access.

Research and Enthusiast Societies - voluntary run groups.

Museums and Archives

Model Railways and Suppliers

Preserved Railways with Highland connections.

Railway Operators - for travel over the Highland lines today

Other Links of interest

Research and Enthusiast Societies

Caledonian Railway Association

Cumbrian Railway Association - has some photographs of Highland intereset.

Disused Stations - details of a selection of closed stations throughout the UK

Friends of the Far North Line - supporting development of the railway to Wick and Thurso

Friends of the Kyle Line - supporting development of the railway to Kyle of Lochalsh

Glasgow and South Western Railway Association

Great North of Scotland Railway Association

Historical Model Railway Society (HMRS)

Historylinks Musuem in Dornoch, has material on the Dornoch branch

London & North Western Railway Society

North British Railway Study Group

Railway Correspondence and Travel Society

Railscot, which has history of railways in Britain (with an emphasis on Scotland), current news and photographs past and present.

Signalling Record Society, for everyon interested in British Railway signalling.

Museums and Archives

Am Baile - Highland history and culture, including archive material from the Society

British Library Newspaper collection - copies of all newspapers. Held at Collindale, north London

Colour Rail - a large archive of colour photographs, with many from the 1950s and 1960s.

National Archives of Scotland, Edinburgh. Holds Highland Railway Company records, drawings, etc.

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

National Railway Museum, York

The National Archives at Kew, London.

Ordnance Survey Maps, first edition

Scottish Architects - biographical details. Includes several who worked for railway companies.

Scottish Archive Network, details of historical records in 52 public archives in Scotland

Scottish Map Library, part of the National Library of Scotland

Model Railways and Suppliers

Blair Atholl - a model railway

Fox transfers - several sheets for Highland modellers.

Kemilway - 4mm Peter K kits for locos and coaches

Lochgorm Kits - 4mm and 7mm etched brass kits for Highland prototypes

Laurie Griffin - components for the kit builder

UK Model Railways - web sites providing information on modelling British railways

UK Model Shop Directory - not only lists model shops but model railway societies, lines societies and a provides a range of other useful information.

Preserved Railways

Keith & Dufftown Railway

The Scottish Railway Preservation Society

The Strathspey Steam Railway - operates the line from Aviemore to Boat of Garten and Broomhill

Railway Operators

ScotRail - operates all services within Scotland and sleepers to London

Virgin East Coast - operates daytime service to London.

National Rail Enquiries - for train times and fares.

Highland Railway Heritage - promoting tourism and steam operatioin.

Other Links

Dava Way - walking along the trackbed of the line from Forres to Grantown-on-Spey.

UK Railways on the Net - all about today's railways