A treasure trove of history
Our museum is full of interesting and quirky artefacts relating to the Kyle Line, Kyle Harbour and local history. Many objects have been donated to the museum over the years, and others have been kindly loaned to us. We have also made purchases with the help of our supporters. Here’s just a taster of some of the items on display.
Our two-faced clock is almost certainly the original station clock from 1897. The hands of the two faces go in opposite directions and a reversing gear offsets the spindle. The external face was originally on the south end of the station building. Have a browse through our website to see the other side of the clock.
Kyle Station in miniature
Our much-loved station model re-creates Kyle of Lochalsh Station as it would have been around 1962. Rob Ogden used his childhood memories as a springboard when creating it. And yes, you can make some of the trains move!
Model fishing boats
These exquisitely crafted models evoke the bygone era of Scottish fishing. Hand made by former Kyle resident Ian Grimmer, the 1:100 scale models represent some of the different types of herring fishing craft that once plied our waters.
Showman’s Road locomotive
This beautifully re-created ‘locomotive’ isn’t designed to go anywhere near the railway! It’s a working model of a showman’s road locomotive or showman’s engine, a steam-powered road-going vehicle that provided power and transport for a travelling funfair or circus.
The Sea The Sea
This artwork was specially commissioned by local metalwork artist Greg Dobson. It depicts the various sea creatures that inhabit our local waters. See if you can identify them all!
We have a number of signals on display including a Highland Railway Company wooden ‘Home’ semaphore signal, a Blockbell signal from Manchester and a Home/Stop semaphore signal with integral coloured spectacles.