Eastgate II - A Brief History of the Inverness Site, by John Allison, Keith Fenwick and Neil Sinclair
Booklet published by the Highland Railway Society in 2003. A4 size booklet, 18 pages (N5794)
From the introduction: Over the last few decades, much land has been released for development by British Railways as the system has adapted to modern market and operating requirements. In towns and cities, this has generally come about due to the reduction in freight traffic and in the switch from steam to diesel or electric motive power. Large freight terminals, with their facilities for manual transfer of goods between railway wagons and road delivery vans, have gone as much of this traffic is now carried entirely by road. Cattle are no longer carried by rail. Bulk loads are dealt with by direct delivery to their destinations or by containerisation.
The large steam motive power depots, beloved haunts of train spotters in days past, have completely disappeared. Passengers are now carried almost entirely in self-powered coaches, which stay in the station at night. The few remaining diesel locomotives just need a small refuelling point and a siding for stabling. Maintenance is concentrated in purpose-built facilities. Inverness is no exception. A large area of land close to the station has been ripe for development for many years and has now provided an ideal site for a large scale shopping development; large enough for modern requirements, yet close enough to the centre of the town that it integrates with the existing shops.
This booklet looks at the history of the site of Eastgate Phase II. Originally occupied by the railway goods yard and locomotive shed, it served for the last 20 years as a makeshift car park and has now been developed to provide shops designed for the twenty first century. Sections include:
Before the Railway Came
The Millburn Road
Old Inverness Habits
Arrival of the Railway in Inverness
The Locomotive Shed
Decline and Fall
The Goods Yard and the Development of Eastgate
The Goods Yard
The Development of the Eastgate Area
Falcon Square Area
Wordie & Co., Railway Carriers
The Goods Yard 1914 - 2002
The condition of the booklet is generally very good. The covers have one or two very minor scuffs but are clean and bright, the staple spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover.