The Inverness and Nairn Railway, by Keith Fenwick
Booklet published by the Highland Railway Society in 2005. A5 size booklet, 50 pages (N5650)
From the introduction: The year 2005 sees the 150th anniversary of the opening of the railway from Inverness to Nairn. This was the first part of what was later to become the Highland Railway, the company which provided railway services to Inverness and the Highlands and which brought tourists to fill the region, especially around the 'Glorious Twelfth'.
An isolated line, the Inverness & Nairn Railway had to import its machinery by sea and also bring in from the south the skilled people it needed for successful operation. However, even before it was open, extension of the railway towards Aberdeen was being actively promoted. After a couple of years, the line effectively became part of the larger Inverness & Aberdeen Junction Railway, which in turn became part of the Highland Railway in 1865.
This booklet takes a more detailed look at the history of this short line from its inception until it was absorbed by its larger neighbour in 1861. Later developments are reviewed, followed by the few details known of the early rolling stock. While much of the information has appeared before, original sources have been checked where possible. Sections include:
Origins of the Line
The Inverness Terminus
Getting the Line Ready for Opening
Earning Some Money
Description of the Line
Highland Railway Years
After the Highland
Signalling the Line
The Line Today
The condition of the booklet is generally very good. The cover 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 an old price printed and a small price sticker on the rear side cover.