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Highland Railway: People and Places
From the Inverness and Nairn Railway to Scotrail

Neil Sinclair

The opening of the Inverness and Nairn Railway in 1855 was one of the most significant events in the history of the Highlands. It created new communities, led to the development of villages into towns and boosted agriculture and tourism.

In this new book, published to mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Inverness and Nairn Railway, Neil Sinclair looks for the first time at the social history of the railway line, through the lives of those who worked on it and the communities in which they lived. Drawing on interviews with former railway staff, newspaper cuttings and diaries and letters from the Highland Archives, the author has pieced together detailed portraits of families and individuals whose lives were tied to the railway they worked on. The major events of the 20th century – two World Wars, the rise of the unions and the growth of road transport – are considered in the context of their impact on the railway and its workers.

Illustrated with more than 200 carefully sourced photographs, the book that is sure to appeal to anyone with an interest in the Highlands, as well as railway enthusiasts.




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