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February 2020 - Pitlochry Railway Station Bookshop Extension

We were delighted to welcome Andy Savage of the NRHT to Pitlochry in February to cut the ribbon and formally open the Bookshop Extension in what had been the old Victorian Ladies Toilets. We also welcomed to this small gathering the original Chairman, Norman McCandlish. A valuable addition to the premises, which has been a godsend in these pandemic times. It allows donated books to be safely stored for 72 hours before sorting and transfer into the main shop. Who would have thought that an initiative begun in 2005 selling second hand books from a picnic table on the platform would have resulted in 3 rooms being renovated and over £300,000 being raised for charity.

The Bookshop Committee raised all the monies to not only fund the renovation, but also to purchase custom built shelving to make the best use of space in this tiny room. As the entire building is Grade 1 listed, it was a daunting task to replace individual sash windows, brass fittings and also clean and preserve the Victorian Urinals next door, but that room is a project for another day.

Post Lockdown, we heard that the project had been shortlisted for a National Railway Heritage Trust Award, so we are thrilled that the hard work and achievement of the Bookshop team has been recognised. Well done to them.

We welcomed an old friend, John Yellowlees – ScotRail Honorary Ambassador, to judge their endeavours in August.

Bookshop
Bookshop

August 14th 2019 - Platform 1 Pitlochry Railway Station

The Macfarlane Fountain was returned to Platform 1 in a small event on site. Sally Spaven Chair of HML CRP and Stuart Mackay of BAM Nuttall made speeches and e invited guests then adjourned to Fishers View Court lounge to a Celebration Tea Party and a wonderful cake made especially for the occasion. BAM Nuttall sponsored the cake and event for the community, in particular the residents of Fishers View Court who live adjacent to the Railway Station.

Dr Ann Glen, Network Rail's Kevin Rooney and David Elvie, Ailsa Schofield and Kate Howie of HML CRP, Bobbie McGraw, Roger Haworth and Graham Holmes of Pitlochry Station Bookshop were all in attendance. Along with Michelle, Pitlochry's previous Station Manager, whom everyone was delighted to see again.

Poster Display at Glasgow Central Station

The posters produced as a result of the Kingussie Rail Art project (between HML CRP and the Society of Badenoch and Strathspey Artists) were displayed on the electronic boards at Glasgow Central Station between 23rd and 30th October 2018 advertising the exhibition of the real paintings at the Iona Gallery in Kingussie.

Poster Display at Glasgow Central Station
Poster Display at Glasgow Central Station

October 2018 - Plaque to Priscilla Lorimer

On October 10th we unveiled a memorial plaque to Priscilla, the founder of the original Pitlochry Station Liaison Group and co-founder of the award-winning Pitlochry Station Bookshop. We were delighted her daughters were able to be with us on the day.

June 2018 - Book Signing - Pitlochry Station Bookshop

In early June we held our first ever Book Signing at Pitlochry Station Bookshop. Author David Meara came along to visit us with his latest book - Anglo Scots Sleepers. The book had been launched at the Caledonian Club in London a few weeks earlier to a great reception!

Pitlochry Station Bookshop
Pitlochry Station Bookshop

HML Works and Timetabling - Pitlochry & Kingussie

Early in 2018 we hosted and facilitated two Open Public meetings, one in Pitlochry and one in Kingussie in conjunction with the Cairngorms National Park Authority. Speakers on developments on HML, Stations and the Draft Timetable were Scott Prentice - ScotRail Business Development Manager, Graeme Stewart - Network Rail and Stuart Mackay - Bam Nuttall speaking on the projects at Pitlochry and Aviemore Stations.

Jellicoe Express Plaques - Kingussie & Aviemore

In December 2017, we unveiled two plaques, one at Kingussie and one at Aviemore. The accompanying interpretation panels have now both been put in place.

Jellicoe Express Plaques
Jellicoe Express Plaques

Talks and Presentations in Local Communities Railway Writers.

We were pleased to have Neil Sinclair - Highland Main Line People and Places - Author, visit us to give a series of talks in Dunkeld & Birnam, Blair Atholl, Kingussie and Carrbridge in September 2017. The talks focussed on the lesser known people, such as way -workers and their families, some of the eccentric landowners who secured amazingly Gothic buildings in exchange for the Railway crossing their land, and Railway workers who went onto great things elsewhere around the globe.

John Yellowlees Room

Later in July 2017 we dedicated a room in Pitlochry Station Bookshop to John Yellowlees. We were able to show our appreciation of all John's efforts to help us transform Pitlochry Station since 1993. A set of "Yellow" Library steps was purchased for the occasion and great fun was had as JY cut the ribbon.

John Yellowlees Room
Tea Dance with RSNO

Tea Dance with RSNO

June 2017 saw HML CRP hosting a Tea Dance for our Senior Citizens at the Atholl Centre, Pitlochry with the RSNO. A great afternoon was had by everyone, the music and dancing was fabulous, the cakes delicious and the scones and clotted cream to die for!!

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