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The Transport Treasury archive for high-quality digital images taken from our original negatives and transparencies captured by the cameras of railway and transport enthusiasts through the ages.


| Logie Shannoch | Drumrossie | Insch | Aberdeenshire | AB52 6LJ | Tel 01464 820717|  Mobile 07867 645410 |  


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Janet and Barry Hoper are partners in the archive and both are retired squadron leaders. Barry retired from work as a relief signaller at Insch in 2007 to concentrate full time on printing, scanning and maintaining the archive. Janet's administration and accounting skills are put to good use in the 'Treasury'.  Having reached state-pension age, we decided that Barry should emerge from the dark into the light so we reluctantly took the decision to close the darkroom in 2016.


My wife and I operate The Transport Treasury as a partnership.  We started our archive, known as The Transport Treasury, in 1993 after acquiring a large accumulation of negatives from a friend and whilst we were both still commissioned officers serving in the Royal Air Force.  


The Transport Treasury now comprises over 300,000 negatives, mostly of railway subjects but with some buses, traction engines, ships etc and aims to be self-financing.  It is the largest privately owned transport archive in Scotland and one of the largest in the United Kingdom.  We have purpose-built premises to house the collection with full digital imaging facilities.  The archive includes work of some well known names such as R C Riley, Dr Ian C Allen, Roy Vincent, John Robertson, Frank Goudie, Stan Creer, J C Flemons, A E Bennett, Arthur Carpenter, Alec Swain Tony Bennett, Horace Gamble, Eric Sawford, and W A C Smith, Dave Clark, Roy Hobbs inter alia.  We continue to build up our archive with the purpose of providing images digitally to publishers and authors.  


Uniquely for a privately owned archive it is open, by appointment, to visitors wishing to research illustrations for articles etc.  We also operate a website with pages dedicated to various photographers.  A number of ex-railwaymen and enthusiasts assist us in our work as volunteers sorting and cataloguing the negatives.  We keep the archive up to date with modern traction images so that it does not get stuck in the steam days.  The archive is also registered with the Museums of Scotland and was the subject of a Railway Magazine article in September 2008 issue entitled ‘Saving the Nation’s Pictorial Heritage’.


Should you wish to place your collection with us we would welcome it on donation no matter the era of the images; however, we are prepared to purchase suitable pre-1968 material and copyright outright; we can usually better any other offer you may have received.  On larger collections (2000+) of good quality, we will consider taking the negatives or transparencies on loan (minimum of 5 years) and split any royalties earned 50/50.  With this option you retain ownership and copyright of the collection during the period of the loan but royalties earned are subject to material being accepted by publishers.  Whatever you choose, you can rest assured that your material will be looked after, the photographer's name given credit whenever any material is used (A N Other/Transport Treasury) and you can always get access to it for prints etc.  


If you require more information or would like to discuss the matter further etc, please do not hesitate to call us, leave a message, and we will return your call.  If you wish to talk with us directly, please telephone 01464 820717 or 07867 645410; out of normal working hours the office phone is usually on answerphone but if you leave a message we will get back to you.


All images are copyright protected. If you wish to publish or use in public any of our images, please enquire for reproduction fee rates. Please note that due to time constraints, images of the negatives listed are not available to view on the web site. We haven't enough years left on this planet to scan the whole archive and produce prints as well.







Barry and Janet Barry at Insch SB

Richard Hardy with Mike & Barry

Barry on duty in Insch SB

Janet & Barry in the archive