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The Invergordon Archive

Going Away
The Invergordon Archive
Going Away

This photo was taken outside the railway station. My grandparents and my sister were going on a holiday - guess I was a bad boy and didn't get to go.
Left to right are: Harry Dunn (my uncle), my mother Ryall, myself, my grandmother, my sister Margaret and my grandfather Fachy, and of course our faithful dog Rega....
Douglas Will will no doubt recognise the railway wagon, it would have been horse-drawn and you can see a feed bag hanging on the wagon. Also the bulletin boards; we had to scrape them off and paste new bulletins when I worked at the station years later. It was a brutal job scraping for hours on end....The suit my uncle is wearing was no doubt his demob suit as he spent 22 years in the Royal Navy...
Picture added on 30 May 2006
Yes Harry, can recognise the old cart we used to load some stuff on it, especially for the shops in the town, also goods for the Cromarty ferry. Yes I also used to put the posters up after scraping the boards clean. I wish I had a few of the posters now as they are changing hands for hundreds of pounds. I used to have a little room just by the footbridge where I used to keep all the tools - scrapers, brushes, etc. When Ross County or one of the Inverness teams had big matches I used to make up blackboards advertising the cheap fares for these matches with little drawings of footballers on the surrounds.
Added by Doug Will on 31 May 2006
What a super photograph!!!
Added by Anne James now Anne Bridges on 31 May 2006
Hi Harry. Yes, that was one of my jobs carting the coal from the siding by the water pipe to the coal shed. Used to end up black as the ace of spades.The secret was plenty of hot water and a sharp scraper. Did you have to look after the flower beds I made up on the platforms near the stone railway bridge and on the bank after clearing the brambles and weeds away?
Added by Doug Will on 01 June 2006
Hi Doug, did you also empty the coal wagon by hand? - shovel it into a hand cart then push all the way to the coal storage area? Coal was used for the station fireplace, office and station master's office...talk about slave labour...what was the secret, if any, for scraping the boards clean?
Added by Harry O'Neill on 01 June 2006
You betcha Doug, also spent the day weeding the platform by the tennis court fence. It was gravelled and weeds came through - used a hoe. Did you plant all those red hot pokers and lupins? Bet you whitewashed the platform edges too? I understand its all gone to pot now...
Added by Harry O'Neill on 02 June 2006
What a terrific photo of your family Harry. All just as I remember them. What happy days they were. So uncomplicated!
Added by Rosalie Graham now Samaroo on 05 June 2006
Hi Rosalie, thanks for comments. Yes times were happier back then even though we didn't have much. We may have been have-nots, but what we had was more than enough....it seems.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 06 June 2006
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