The Friends of the Far North Line
Cairdean Na Loine Tuath
the campaign group for rail north of
Inverness - lobbying for improved services for the local user, tourist and freight
Newsletter of The Friends of The Far North Line
158707 Far North Line 125th Anniversary and 158715 Haymarket departing from Inverness on 1B22 10.45 to Edinburgh on Tuesday, 8th April. This is a working on the Highland Main Line which is booked to be formed of two Inverness class 158s but often isn't - see item elsewhere in this issue
. Despite its name, the rear unit is one of "ours". Whether both came back as they should have or were retained in the Central Belt was not recorded. The front unit is pictured elsewhere in this issue
after being named.
An unidentified EWS class 66 works empty Safeway containers south from Georgemas Junction, traffic that was lost when Morrison's took over that supermarket. EWS (English, Welsh and Scottish Railway) was itself acquired by Deutsche Bahn AG on 28th June, 2007 and has traded as DB Schenker since 2009. It is pictured near Ardgay in December, 2002.
In July, 1957, Sandy Colley was quite surprised to find British Railways 2-6-0 78052 at Dornoch rather than one of the two Great Western pannier tanks which had recently been drafted to the branch following the withdrawal of the Highland Railway locomotives that had worked there for many years. 78052 must have had special permission as it would normally have been considered too heavy. It certainly didn't fit into the engine shed at Dornoch, luckily for both Sandy and us.