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