In 1974, rail was still hanging on to a worthwhile share of the whisky-related transport market within Scotland, either via modernised railheads serving wider catchments or directly to surviving private sidings at a few of the biggest distilleries and bottling plants. Virtually the whole portfolio of what rail could offer at that time is seen here in Invergordon goods yard - a (grubby) hopper wagon which had brought grain to the nearby distillery sidings and would return south with waste product used for animal feed; an equally tarnished early-generation container for southbound casks of whisky; and, in the distance, a splendidly clean 'Cutty Sark' tank container for bulk spirit.
Company: Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
Photographer: David Spaven
Contact photographer: David Spaven
Image number: 35802