The 7 February issue of the Ross-shire Journal contained an item in its "100 Years Ago" feature. The indignant tone reflecting frustration at the actions of a far-away government has resonance today. Railway companies were, as now, privately owned but there was obviously a feeling that what was taken away in wartime should now be returned. It would be another six years before the Cromarty & Dingwall Light Railway was wound up. An article about this railway, by FoFNL member Roger Piercy, appeared in FNE 69 - September 2016.
There is much speculation in Cromarty, and along the route which it will follow, about the future of the Cromarty and Dingwall railway.
But for an unfortunate hold-up in 1913, it would have been completed before the war. But for government intervention the work, well-started in 1914, would have been finished in 1915, and its usefulness for war purposes, realised too late, would have been abundantly proved to both sides of the Firth.
It was the Government's action in lifting plant and rails and transferring the whole to some centre, at which it seemed at the moment better national use could be made, that completely wrecked the project for time and place. It is to the Government that the public, through the original company or otherwise, looked for fulfilment of the original design.