July 7th 2010
Scotland's railway heritage is often best reflected in its stations, reports Colin Garratt.
Typical of these are the restored buildings at Rannoch and Laurencekirk. These, together with recent projects at Ladybank, where restoration and the fitting out of artist's space and Glenfinnan, where the station water tank has been restored, exemplify the Trust's exciting and worthwhile work north of the border.
The Railway Heritage Trust is about to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Nowhere is its work more apparent than in the rich architectural heritage of Scotland. Colin Garratt, Director of Milepost 92½ - railphotolibrary.com, will be taking a closer look at how the Trust has been investing in Scotland's railway heritage in a profusely illustrated article in September's edition of RailStaff.
Working together with other interested bodies, the Trust has restored many of Scotland's railway treasures to their former glory and has assured their future by a programme of conservation that includes funding new uses for listed buildings and structures that no longer have an operational purpose within the railway.
It does this by giving advice and by awarding grants. The Trust is funded by Network Rail and BRB (Residuary) Ltd and still works to the same structure that it was originally set up with. At its head is Sir William McAlpine who has been the Chairman throughout.