Strathspey Railway

It was just after Hogmanay when we visited Strathspey in 1981, and the locals were still recovering, as the place was pretty deserted! However, we were still able to wander around and snap some cold looking locos.

Included are some further pictures taken on a return visit in 1986, this time in summer. There were some obvious improvements to the restoration scene, but despite it being summer, there was not much improvement in the weather!

My Visit in 1981

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  • Date : 03 Jan 1981, catalogued 01 Apr 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 11055
  • Description : The LMS crest on the side of a carriage at Strathspey Railway.


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  • Date : 03 Jan 1981, catalogued 02 Apr 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 11058
  • Description : A rather bare Ivatt 2-6-0 (or should that be 0-6-0?) at Strathspey.


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  • Date : 03 Jan 1981, catalogued 01 Apr 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 11056
  • Description : An Ivatt 2-6-0 Mogul at Strathspey.


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  • Date : 03 Jan 1981, catalogued 01 Apr 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 11057
  • Description : An Ivatt 2-6-0 Mogul at Strathspey.


My Visit in 1986

Photos taken on my return visit in 1986.

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  • Date : Aug 1986, catalogued
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : colour print
  • Description : The author's son poses in front of a Ministry of Supply "Austerity" saddle tank at Boat of Garten, on the Strathspey railway, on a typically dismal Scottish summer's day!


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  • Date : Jun 1986, catalogued 07 Nov 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 14494
  • Description : Saddle tank loco number 60 in action again, running shuttle trains on the Strathspey Railway.


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  • Date : Aug 1986, catalogued 27 Nov 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 15071
  • Description : Number 60 shunts her train at Boat of Garten.


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  • Date : Aug 1986, catalogued 19 Dec 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 15076
  • Description : Number 60 shunts her train at the end of Boat of Garten station. The line can be seen disappearing towards Granton-on-Spey, but unfortunately, the line does not extend much beyond that visible here.


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  • Date : Jul 1986, catalogued 20 Nov 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 14703
  • Description : This photo follows Strathspey-5 , both logically and chronologically, as I had just enough time to recock the shutter and shoot this as the train on which I was travelling shot past. The loco is a 1951 Barclay 0-4-0ST, number 3 on the Strathspey roster.


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  • Date : Aug 1986, catalogued 19 Dec 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 15077
  • Description : I think this is a Ruston-Hornsby 0-4-0 diesel tractor thingy. It was at Boat of Garten on the Styrathspey Railway.


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  • Date : Jun 1986, catalogued 06 Nov 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 14490
  • Description : A general platform-side scene at Boat of Garten, the end of the Strathspey Railway.


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  • Date : Jun 1986, catalogued 07 Nov 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 14491
  • Description : A general platform-side scene at Boat of Garten. The Strathspey runs from Aviemore, the junction with British Rail, and Boat of Garten. The Strathspey line used to continue through to Keith, on the Aberdeen-Inverness line.


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  • Date : Jul 1986, catalogued 20 Nov 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 14681
  • Description : As the train to Inverness whizzed past, I was able to snap this shot of the Strathspey Railway scene!


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  • Date : Jul 1986, catalogued 20 Nov 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 14702
  • Description : On the way back from Inverness, another view of the Strathspey scene.


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  • Date : Aug 1986, catalogued 27 Nov 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 15072
  • Description : Another view of the various railway items stored at Boat of Garten.


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  • Date : Aug 1986, catalogued 27 Nov 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 15075
  • Description : Another view of the various railway items stored at Boat of Garten.


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  • Date : Aug 1986, catalogued 27 Nov 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 15073
  • Description : I think this is 46512, another Ivatt 2MT engine. It might even be the loco seen in the Connel Bridge photo. Notice the extra tall chimney, characteristic of the BR-built locos.


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