Highland Mainline Community Rail Partnership

Autumn Newsletter

A very busy Autumn for the HML CRP, not least because we became involved with Flint TV making a Channel 4 series on Scotland's Railway! So we have had a film crew following us around and speaking to staff, customers and Station Adopters on our line, we hope they had as much fun as we did. They will be back in Spring 2019.

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October ACORP Awards

In early October two members of HML CRP attended the annual ACORP Community Rail awards in Glasgow. The awards were held for the first time in Scotland and hosted by Abellio and ScotRail, attracting a staggering 180 entries.

View full list of winners here

Two Scottish CRP's were invited to make a presentation to the delegates at the event, Rail 74 CRP and the HML CRP. We explained how we undertake Community Engagement and use Social Media. The events were held over three days and highlights included a visit to Glasgow Central Station (below ground) with Paul. The tour is highly recommended.

For more information please visit www.glasgowcentraltours.co.uk

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We also visited the magnificent City Chambers and then Wemyss Bay Station to see the restoration project and heritage project.

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Congratulations to all the excellent projects represented at the awards and to the winners.

Professor Paul Salveson

Later in October we finally welcomed Paul Salveson to our October meeting and he gave a very interesting talk on the origins and colourful history of Community Rail. Paul has been trying to make it here since our AGM in September 2017, so we were glad to finally see him.

Kingussie Art Project

October also saw the Kingussie Rail Art Project finished and 14 colourful posters placed along the platform at the Station. Ailsa also managed to get them displayed on the electronic displays at Glasgow Central Station. This was followed by the originals going on display in the Iona Gallery in Kingussie and we were delighted to make a donation to the Gallery and the Society of Badenoch and Strathspey Artists who collaborated on this wonderful project.

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Aviemore and Kingussie Stations

More good news too, with the purchase of the redundant Highland Council offices at Kingussie by a local business woman and the renovation of the cafe/restaurant on Aviemore Station by another local business. All very exciting projects happening on our HML.

Newtonmore Station

The Car Park has at long last been re-surfaced and the Mural from the town has been put in place along the Platform fence.

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Pitlochry Station

We have now had all the major works completed at Pitlochry and our Victorian Macfarlane fountain has been taken away for restoration over the winter. We cannot thank Stuart Mackay enough for all his help and support, sadly the yard was decommissioned, so we have finally lost our old train, which had pride of place at the BAM Nuttall entrance at Faskally. Work will continue at the Station until Spring 2019.

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Dalwhinnie Station

We are now looking at the restoration of the original Station clock, which has sadly been painted over and a replacement for the Monty plaque, commemorating his stay in the village during WWII.

Remember you are only two stops from Paris when you board the sleeper at Dalwhinnie!

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As most of us are also Station Adopters, we have been busy for the past few weeks, emptying summer bedding and planting up our Stations for the coming cold weather. Our new branded containers have looked magnificent and we have filled them with Spring bulbs ready for 2019. We hope to have some more new containers next year as we gradually replace the old whisky barrels.

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And finally Pitlochry Station Bookshop received a fantastic award in early December from the National Railway Heritage Trust to renovate disused rooms at Pitlochry Station to enable their use for storage and sorting. We are delighted to say their efforts now top £255,00, an achievement for their charities. Well done!

We would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and New Year.


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