The reasons for building such an expensive railway in such a sparsely populated area can be explained by looking at the background of the Highland Clearances and later, the will to arrest further depopulation in the Highlands. Subsequently a branch off the 'Skye Line' was constructed to Strathpeffer in 1885, the history of this branch is included. Sadly, the Strathpeffer branch closed in 1951, but despite scares in the 1960s and 1970s that the 'Skye Railway' might suffer the same fate, the railway has survived. This title has an A5 format, 344 pages, and 200 illustrations. It is casebound with a gold-blocked spine and a laminated colour dust jacket with colour endpapers, which show the route of the railway.