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Publications

Aberfeldy's Railway

By C J Stewart

Aberfeldy is a long established town on the River Tay, eight miles west of the main route from Perth to Inverness. A branch from the main line featured in early proposals for railways in the area and it was opened in 1865, only two years after the through route. It served the town for nigh on a century, closing with many other rural lines in the 1960s.. Containing 64 pages and 46 illustrations plus 8 maps, the book is priced at £8.90 (£10.50 by post). Members can obtain copies for £7 at meetings and exhibitions or £8 by post. ISBN 978 095454856 8.

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Black Isle Railway

By Jack Kernahan

The Black Isle Railway, from Muir of Ord on the main line north from Inverness to Fortrose on the southern shore of the Black Isle, served a rural community made prosperous by its good quality land. The line was opened by the Highland Railway in 1894 and served the area for more than half a century. Containing 112 pages and 95 illustrations plus 10 maps, the book is priced at £8.50 (£10.00 by post). Members can obtain copies for £6 at meetings and exhibitions or £7.50 by post. ISBN 978 095454859 9.

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Blair Atholl's Railway

By Howard Geddes

The railway through Blair Atholl was opened 150 years ago when the main line from Perth to Inverness was completed. Over the years, the station and its locomotive shed played a significant part in the life of the village. No mere wayside station, its men and machines assisted long and heavy trains over Drumochter Pass, the highest main line on the Britain’s railways. Containing 112 pages and 93 illustrations plus 8 maps, the book is priced at £9.50 (£11.20 by post). Members can obtain copies for £7 at meetings and exhibitions or £8.20 by post. ISBN 978 095454858 2.

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Inverness & Ross-shire Railway

By Keith Fenwick

Published to mark the 150th anniversary of the opeing of the line from Inverness to Dingwall, this book describes the building of the section of the Far North line to Bonar Bridge, now Ardgay. It includes a detailed description of all the stations and engineering work on the line and shows how the train services have evolved. Containing 64 pages and 74 illustrations plus maps, the book is priced at £7.90 (£9 by post). Members can obtain copies for £6 at meetings or exhibitions or £7 by post. ISBN 978 095454857 5.

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Pioneers of the Highland Tracks, William and Murdoch Paterson, A Biography of two Railway Engineers

By Anne-Mary Paterson

William and Murdoch Paterson were two brothers who between them were responsible for the construction of much of the Highland Railway. This is their story woven into that of their families; the author is their great grand niece. The book is fully illustrated and printed on glossy art paper. It is available to members by post at £7.50. Non members can purchase it at good bookshops for £9.90 or from the Society by post at £11.50. ISBN 978 095454855 1. Also available as an eBook ISBN 978-0-9927311-0-6

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Lost Stations on the Far North Line, The Impact of the Railway Closures North of Inverness in 1960

By Keith Fenwick, Neil T Sinclair and Richard Ardern

Published to mark the 50th anniversary of the closure of a number of stations on the Far North line together with the Dornoch and Fortrose branches, this book draws on the memories of some of those who knew the line in the 1950s. It shows how the line was used in the 1950s and describes the impact of the closure. The book is well illustrated with views from the 1950s. The book is available to members by post at £8.00. Non members can purchase it at good bookshops for £9.95 or from the Society by post at £12.00. ISBN 978 095454854 4.

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Directors, Dilemmas and Debt, published jointly by the Highland Railway Society and the Great North of Scotland Railway Association.

By Peter Fletcher

Popular histories of Scottish railways have tended to tell the story of one particular company or another. This book presents a different approach by exploring the inter-related development of the Great North of Scotland and the Highland Railways and their constituent companies in the three decades from the great railway mania of 1845 to the time when the railway finally reached the far north of Scotland. The book is available to members by post at £10.00. Non members can purchase it at good bookshops for £12.50 or from the Society by post at £14.50. ISBN 978 090234323 8.

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Britains Railways in Old Photographs : The Highland Railway, published by The History Press.

By Keith Fenwick and Howard Geddes

With over 200 archive photographs in 124 pages, this book looks at the railway, its history and many aspects of its working. The story is brought up to date with coverage of the diesel era and privatisation to show how it has evolved to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The book isnow out of print. ISBN 978 075095094 7.

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Inverness & Aberdeen Junction Railway

Another in our series to mark 150th anniversaries, this A5 book describes the building of the line between Nairn and Keith to complete the through route from Inverness to Aberdeen and the south. The book is uniform in size and scope with our other histories. A5, 76 pages, colour and black and white illustrations. The price by post is £6.00 (members) or £7.50 (others). ISBN 978 0954548537

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Inverness & Nairn Railway

Produced to mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of the line to Nairn, this A5 book with colour and black and white illustrations describes in detail the history of the first part of the Highland Railway to be opened from its inception until it became part of its larger neighbour, the Inverness & Aberdeen Junction, in 1861. The book then describes how the line developed as part of the Highland Railway and its successors. This book will appeal to anyone who has an interest in the Highland Railway and to those with an interest in local history. Price by post is £4.95 (members) or £6.00 (others). ISBN 978 095454851 3

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Perth & Dunkeld Railway

A companion to the Inverness & Nairn Railway and in a similar format, this book describes in detail the early days of what later became the southern end of the Highland Railway main line from Perth to Inverness. The later history of the line is summarised. The book is fully illustrated and includes reproductions of OS maps of the stations on the line. Price by post £4.95 (members) or £6.00 (others). ISBN 978 095454852 0

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Eastgate II

This 16 page A4 publication looks at the development of part of Inverness which was used by the Highland Railway for its locomotive shed and its goods sidings through to the present day when it is occupied by the Eastgate II shopping centre. There are some interesting comments on life in the town before the railway arrived. The book costs £2.50 (members) or £3 (others). ISBN 978 095454850 6

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Reprints

The Society has produced a number of reprints of contemporary documents of interest to the railway historian. The titles currently available are :

Highland Railway Tours for 1880. A fascinating glimpse of the journeys operated for the benefit of tourists, price £2.50 (members) or £3 (non-members).

1880 Summer Working Timetable. 52 pages, price £2.50 (members) or £3 (non-members).

LMS Passenger Train Marshalling Arrangements -

  • No.29a, Supplement from 1st June 1933. £4 (members), £5 (non-members).
  • No.30, from July 3rd, 1933. £4 (members), £5 (non-members).

Society Occasional Papers

Station locations and dates - all the passenger and goods stations with opening and closing dates. £2.50

Locomotive and Coach Insignia - research findings and the methods used to produce the sheets available Fox Transfers. £3.00

Acts of Parliament - all the local acts relating to the Highland Railway. £2.00

Other Items

The Dornoch Light Railway - the story of a Highland Branch Line. A DVD produced in 2007, approximate running time 90 minutes. This includes 33 minutes on the history of the line, 18 minutes of recollections of those who worked and travelled on the line and 23 minutes showing the route of the line today shot from a microlight. Added to this is a short film of Sutherland in bygone days and shots of Dunrobin, the Duke of Sutherland's engine now back in the UK at Beamish Museuem, Co Durham. Price, including UK post and packaging, £19.95 (members £16.95).

Ordering

To order any of these items, please send a cheque made payable to the Highland Railway Society to John Roake, Ringmarsh Cottage, Horsington, Templecombe, BA8 0EL.