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The Invergordon Archive

Invergordon Level Crossing
The Invergordon Archive
Invergordon Level Crossing

The western end of the town looking west, showing the railway line crossing the road. The picture is a little damaged, but the house on the right of the road just beyond the crossing is interesting. Where would it be now in relation to the present junction with the High Street?
See also picture #275
Picture added on 12 May 2004
Comments:
This line of track was used for goods for the dockyard, it went right along by the old bullwark on Shore road and into the dockyard....the shunted wagons were left by the engine in front of the Ship-Inn....a steam shovel would then pull or push the wagons into the dockyard.....the house in the picture is the railway cottages, row of 4 or more homes that were occupied by the signal men etc that worked at the railway station.....the location now would be directly in front of where the fountain is located in front of what used to be known as Firth-view house....
Added by Harry O'Neill on 14 July 2004
The fountain now stands in the left foreground of the pic, between the railway and the road fence. Location of the Station Cottages can still be ascertained by looking closely for breaks in the drystane dyke set back from the present road. The north side of the present road is a few metres south of the old road.
Added by Ronald Stewart on 20 September 2005
The piece of waste ground on the shore, just east of the railway cottages, is where the bonfire was located. It was built mostly by the local kids, who would start hauling everything they could find about 2 weeks prior to the day of the bonfire. It drew quite a crowd, and there were enormous sparks that came dangerously close to the railway cottages depending on the wind....I don't recall the fire brigade being on stand-by....
Added by Harry O'Neill on 18 June 2006
There were 3 cottages my grandad and granny lived in, the first one for about 40 years from 1925 till 1965. I remember the Harmon family lived in the middle one and the Dick family lived at the far end.
Added by Brian Mackay on 04 September 2007
Brian, your grandad - was he Jimmy Mackay senior, or his son also Jimmy. I worked with both of them. I was with Jimmy senior when he fell ill. He insisted on carrying a chest full of ice on his back, which he had done many a time, but this time it was too much for him. They both were fine people..
Added by Harry O'Neill on 05 September 2007
I can't remember these cottages. Does anyone know when and why they were buit there, and when and why were they demolished, and by whom?
Added by Kmmc on 07 September 2007
The cottages provided homes for staff employed locally on the railway. The houses were old, and failed to meet the standards demanded at the time. The occupants moved out gradually to better housing, and the cottages were demolished around about the time the road was widened and the level crossing removed.
The number of local people employed on the railway at Invergordon in the 1950s might make for an interesting topic on this site!
Added by Ronald Stewart on 08 September 2007
Kmmc...they were built to accommodate the railway employees that worked at Invergordon station, the signal men and clerical. Don't know when built but the railway was up to Invergordon in the 1860s...
Added by Harry O'Neill on 08 September 2007
Ronald, when I worked there in mid 1950s there was a staff of 15, six in the goods shed and 6 at the station, and 3 on the Pway (gang that maintained the tracks)......
Added by Harry O'Neill on 09 September 2007
Harry, my grandad was called Jimmy, the same as my father. I was on the phone to my Aunt and I was telling her about the ice packs but she cannot remember anything about him being ill at that time. My father moved to Inverness as a signalman in 1966 and was there until he retired .
Added by Brian Mackay on 11 September 2007
Hi Brian, I remember you and Colin when you lived in the cottages. I have a dinner set that I think your mother gave to my parents as a wedding present. I remember your Aunt taking Colin to Sunday school.
Added by Liz Askew on 21 May 2008
Harry, in 1950 there was the Station Master, 3 clerks, 3 signalmen and me - porter. Goods yard were 2 drivers for horse drawn wagons. Cannot remember how many clerks un-loaders they had down there but when they were busy I used to go down and help out, especially when the loads were the cowhides from the slaughterhouse. Boy did they pong!
Do you remember at the end of the main platform there was a small siding that was the area where they had the special carriages for taking any coffins that had to go down to be buried elsewhere?
Added by Doug Will on 23 May 2008
Hi Douglas, yes I remember the siding and special carriages. Re the slaughterhouse: yep, worked there too, carrying the sides of beef wrapped in burlap and heavier than I could manage. The others used to say "here's one for you Harry" then laugh as I sagged under the weight. Do you remember the large water tank? I used to climb it.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 24 May 2008
Anyone know the names of the families that stayed in the cottages?

Added by Bogdan Lachmanski on 17 December 2014
Hi Bogdan, hope all is well with you. If you look at post from Brian Mackay on 4th September 2007 you will have the answer. I think that they moved up to Gordon Terrace when those houses were built. Brian (no relation) was our school football goalie and he was pretty good as I remember.
Added by George Mackay on 18 December 2014
Hi George, thanks for your reply. Great to hear from you.
Just thinking back to all the football matches with Big Jock and when we used to meet up at them.
Great Crack.
Added by Bogdan Lachmanski on 18 December 2014
Indeed it was all good and I remember a lot of laughs. Don't remember a lot however on those occasions we stopped at Spinningdale on the way home!!
Added by George Mackay on 18 December 2014
I'm sure I remember the tracks still being in the road in the 1980s.
Added by Shaun Davis on 04 January 2015
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