Towiemore - Its Railway, Lime Works and Distillery, by Ron Smith
Booklet published by the Great North of Scotland Railway Association in 2009. A5 size booklet, 44 pages (N6377)
This booklet provides a short but fascinating history of the railway and industry in and around Towiemore on the Keith to Dufftown Railway in Moray.
From the introduction: Towiemore today is a quiet place, situated in the Isla valley north of Drummuir and south of Auchindachy on the B9014 road from Keith to Dufftown, in the North East of Scotland. It is roughly half way between Aberdeen and Inverness. This whole corner of Scotland is known for fishing and agriculture, and once supported a wide variety of industries. This, in turn, attracted a network of railway lines to faithfully serve the people of the area. Today the railway has contracted to just one line between Aberdeen and Inverness, and it can be difficult to imagine the activity that once generated so much employment and traffic. At Towiemore, there are the remnants of the distillery, now used by LH.Stainless Ltd., a few houses, and a closed rubbish dump. These provide dues to the once busy industry that operated here. There is some discussion about the origin of the name. "Towiemore" may come from the Gaelic "tulach" (a hillock) or "toll" (a hollow or hole) and "mor" meaning large or big. Therefore Towiemore could refer to the geographical features of the original quarry area where the burn had carved a deep way down to the river Isla. Sections in the booklet include:
The Coming of the Railway
Towiemore Train Services
The Lime Works
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.