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My new book Spanning the Gaps - the Bridges and Viaducts of the Highland Railway was published on November 1st 2017. As well as the statistics of each structure it has stories - some quite amazing - connected to many of the bridges. There are lots of photographs some dating back to 1864, plans and diagrams so lots of things to look at.

My first book Pioneers of the Highland Tracks - a Biography of William and Murdoch Paterson tells the story of my great granduncles who were civil engineers connected with the design and construction of most of the railways radiating from Inverness. Murdoch on his own designed the line to Kyle of Lochalsh, now one of the Great Railway Journeys of the World and the direct line from Aviemore to Inverness which involved the construction of the massive Culloden Viaduct - see picture above. Sadly he died before the line opened so he never saw passenger trains crossing over it.

The book opens with a glimpse into the family history of the Patersons dating back to the Battle of Culloden when Donald Paterson was a standard bearer at the Battle of Culloden. It concludes with short biographies of all the Paterson civil engineers after the time of William and Murdoch including my Father, also William.

The book is available from Waterstones, good bookshops and the Highland Railway Society www.hrsoc.org.uk.