Next Home Estate Agents, number one for property sales in Perthshire, highly recommend going along to the Blair Castle’s Railway Exhibition. The event will be running from 1st April – 14th September 2013 and is celebrating its 150th Anniversary of the Perth to Inverness Railway.
In 1863, the railway between Dunkeld and Inverness was completed, opening the Highlands to increased visitors and trade. Engineer Joseph Mitchell attempted to get the proposal passed for almost 20 years but struggled to get support due to the common view that it would be too difficult to build a railway line across the rocky terrain of the Highlands.
The proposal was passed by parliament in 1861 and the railway line was completed only 2 years later on 9 September 1963.
The 6th Duke of Atholl and 7th Duke of Atholl were heavily involved in the process, as the railway line crossed a large proportion of Atholl Estates. The 6th Duke insisted on having beautifully-designed bridges across his land to cater for the new railway (the bridges that were built include the Bridge of Tilt, Killicrankie Viaduct and the Calvine Bridge) and the 7th Duke took the first trial run on the line.
Blair Atholl is a most picturesque village approximately 8 miles from the popular tourist town of Pitlochry. This is a most sought after location for a range of buyers, including the retirement and family markets. Next Home has many properties in this area, ranging from 2 to 4 bedroom properties. If you are looking to buy, or even sell, please contact Next Home on 01738 44 43 42 or visit our website for a wide range of properties for sale on www.nexthomeonline.co.uk.
To celebrate the 150th anniversary, Blair Castle has a number of artefacts on display in the Banvie Hall relating to the development of the railway, including watercolours, old photos of Blair Atholl station and a model of a Stevenson design locomotive which featured on the Antiques Road Show in 2011. Normal Entry prices apply. www.atholl-estates.co.uk