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The mid-morning train from Inverness, in the hands of a class 24 diesel, is approaching the station at Lairg, Sutherland; it conveys portions for Wick (at the front) and Thurso (at the back) which will be split at Georgemas Junction.
Meanwhile Sutherland Transport & Trading Company's HGA981D, a Bedford VAS1 with Willowbrook B24FM bodywork stands ready to reverse across the tracks after the departure of the train. Following its daily ritual, it will pick up mail and parcels for north-west Sutherland which it will carry down into Lairg village; there, outside the post office, they will be sorted onto the appropriate bus for their onward journey.
The passengers, meanwhile, will make their way over the footbridge which is behind the photographer. The station has staggered platforms which isn't apparent from the photograph.
The bus was new to David MacBrayne (208) in May 1966 and became Highland Omnibuses' CD69 in 1971. It was withdrawn in 1973 and acquired by ST&TC.
Photo taken by Alan Hall, mid 1970s, Lairg Station
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