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.