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Highland Railway

This company provided services between Perth, Inverness, Elgin, Keith, Kyle of Lochalsh, Thurso and Wick. Most routes are still open and today passengers services are provided by ScotRail. The company came into being by a series of amalgamations.

The map below is clickable. Click on a line for more details. Not all stations are shown.

Act 1 February 1864
Clickable map of the Highland Railway

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This company provided a service to much of the Scottish Highlands.  

Chronology

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26 June 1846 Great North of Scotland Railway authorised 
10 August 1852 Morayshire Railway opens from Elgin to Lossiemouth 
19 September 1854 Great North of Scotland Railway; Huntly to Kittybrewster opened 
5 November 1855 Inverness and Nairn Railway opens 
7 April 1856 Perth and Dunkeld Railway opened  
10 October 1856 Great North of Scotland Railway; Huntly to Keith opened.  
18 August 1858 Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway opens from Nairn to Keith  
1860 Great North of Scotland Railway sells its Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway shares 
17 May 1861 Inverness and Nairn Railway merges with Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway  
11 June 1862 Inverness to Dingwall opened by Inverness and Ross-shire Railway 
30 June 1862 Inverness and Ross-shire Railway merges with Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway  
25 March 1863 Dingwall to Invergordon opened (Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway) 
1 June 1863 Inverness and Perth Junction Railway; Dunkeld to Pitlochry opened  
3 August 1863 Inverness and Perth Junction Railway; Forres to Aviemore opened  
9 September 1863 Inverness and Perth Junction Railway; Pitlochry to Aviemore opened 
28 February 1864 Perth and Dunkeld Railway amalgamates with the Inverness and Perth Junction Railway 
1 June 1864 Invergordon to Meikle Ferry opened (Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway) 
1 October 1864 Meikle Ferry to Bonar Bridge opened (Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway) 
1 February 1865 Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway and Inverness and Perth Junction Railway merge  
29 June 1865 Merged company named the Highland Railway 
3 July 1865 Ballinluig to Aberfeldy opened 
13 April 1868 Bonar Bridge to Golspie opened by the Sutherland Railway  
19 August 1870 Dingwall and Skye Railway opened 
1 November 1870 Duke of Sutherland's Railway opened from Dunrobin to West Helmsdale (at Gartymore near Helmsdale)  
19 June 1871 Duke of Sutherland's Railway; Golspie to Dunrobin opened, Dunrobin becomes private station for the Duke of Sutherland 
28 July 1874 Sutherland and Caithness Railway opened from Helmsdale to Wick and Thurso 
1 September 1880 Dingwall and Skye Railway amalgamates with Highland Railway  
1 August 1884 Buckie and Portessie Branch opened. 
3 June 1885 Strathpeffer branch opens 
8 July 1892 Aviemore to Carr Bridge opened  
19 July 1897 Carr Bridge to Daviot opened  
2 November 1897 Kyle of Lochalsh Extension opened 
1 November 1898 Daviot to Millburn Junction opened  
2 June 1902 Dornoch Light Railway opened 
1 July 1903 Wick and Lybster Light Railway opened  
22 July 1903 Invergarry and Fort Augustus Railway opened; trains worked by Highland Railway 
1906 Amalgamation with Great North of Scotland Railway falls through 
1908 North British Railway operates Invergarry and Fort Augustus Railway after Highland Railway withdraw trains 
13 June 1911 Highland Hotel at Strathpeffer opens  
9 August 1915 Buckie and Portessie Branch closed to passengers, and to frieght between Aultmore and Buckie. 
1923 Highland Railway becomes part of the London, Midland and Scotland Railway 
1 April 1944 Buckie and Portessie Branch closed to freight between Portessie and Buckie 
3 April 1944 Wick and Lybster Light Railway closed (Also given as 1 April 1944) 
2 March 1946 Strathpeffer Branch closes to passengers  
26 March 1951 Strathpeffer Branch closes completely  
13 June 1960 Dornoch Light Railway closed   
3 October 1966 Buckie and Portessie Branch closed to freight between Keith and Aultmore 


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Page last edited on: 11/03/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford