NO0871 : Buffer on old railway line

taken 8 years ago, 3 km from Spittal of Glenshee, Perth And Kinross, Great Britain

Buffer on old railway line
Buffer on old railway line
The narrow gauge railway in Glen Lochsie provides a good route for walkers climbing Glas Tulaichean. This buffer is on the zigzag which allowed the trains to climb up above Glenlochsie Farm. The following description of the railway is taken from the "Scottish Towns" website, under Glenshee.

"The railway used to run from Dalmunzie House, which is now a country house hotel, to the Glen Lochsie Shooting Lodge, gaining over 400 feet in height over an approximate distance of 2.5 miles. This track was built by Sir Archibald Birkmyre in the early 1920's for the sole purpose of transporting grouse shooting parties in August. This was in the days when the Empire was still at its height with people making vast fortunes and competing with one another for ways of spending it on ostentatious projects, and this must have been one of the more outrageous ones.
The railway was narrow gauge with a light engine drawing a string of miniature carriages complete with miniature freight wagons for all the food, drink, guns, ammunition and all the other paraphernalia required for a grouse shooting party of that era. The engine was powered by two petrol engines brought back from the First World War trenches. The Head Keeper leading a garron (Highland pony) and holding a red flag, walked in front of the engine, so the whole affair was done at a very leisurely pace of some two miles per hour. Altitude was achieved with a series of forward and reversing manoeuvres through sets of points up the hillside in a zigzag fashion. When the railway reached the lodge the passengers would alight, the more sprightly ones proceeding on foot and the older ones being transported on garrons up to the shooting butts for the day's sport to commence. The rail track was in full working order until the 1970's when new Government legislation was introduced bringing all private railways under the auspices and control of British Railways."
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Date Taken
Saturday, 13 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 16 August, 2011
Geographical Context
Uplands  Sport, Leisure  Country estates  Railways  Heath, Scrub 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NO 0819 7167 [10m precision]
WGS84: 56:49.6446N 3:30.3609W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NO 0817 7168
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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