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Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway

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Carr Bridge
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Moy
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Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway
(Highland Railway)
 

This line is open. Passenger services are provided by ScotRail from Inverness to Aviemore, Perth, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Stations remain open at Aviemore and Carr Bridge.

The line was built to counter competing plans, such as extending the Invergarry and Fort Augustus Railway north to Inverness (provided a good route from Glasgow controlled by the North British Railway) and another plan for a line extending the Great North of Scotland Railway from Boat of Garten to Inverness by a similar route.

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Act 28 July 1884
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Opened 1 November 1898
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Clickable map of the Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway

Allt na Slanaich viaduct, just north of Moy.
Allt na Slanaich viaduct, just north of Moy. The last timber railway viaduct.

View looking North towards Slochd viaduct
Class 47 heading south over Slochd viaduct
 

Local area 

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This line runs through high ground between Inverness and Aviemore. Apart from Carrbridge and other small towns there is very little population. For much of the route the A9 shadows the line.

Chronology 

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Description of route 

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From Aviemore to Inverness. 

Aviemore  

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Here the Direct line leaves the original Inverness and Perth Junction Railway route which continued north to Forres, a much less efficient route to Inverness. See that line's page for more details of the station.

Carr Bridge 

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This is a two platform station with a passing loop. There was a sizable goods yard extensively used by Canadian forrester in both World Wars. A narrow gauge railway (closed and removed) ran westwards from the station to assist loggin activities. The signalbox at the south end remains, although out of use. The north signalbox was incorporated into the station building. Both platform's station buildings remain standing.

Slochd Crossing

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75014 working hard at Slochd Summit.
75014 working hard at Slochd Summit.

This was a passing loop only, although stops were made for the isolated cottages which existed here for railwaymen. The loop is the summit of the line.

Tomatin 

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This station is closed. This was a two platform station with a passing loop and goods yard. The goods yard remains in use by railway engineers and the passing loop is controlled remotely. The platforms, station house and 'new' signalbox remain standing. To the south of the station is the large Findhorn? viaduct.

Moy

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Allt na Slanaich viaduct, just north of Moy.
Allt na Slanaich viaduct, just north of Moy. The last timber railway viaduct.

This station is closed, although a remotely controlled loop remains open here. The loop is operated from Aviemore signalbox.

Daviot 

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This station is closed and the line has been singled.

Culloden Moor 

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This station is closed, but the line is double track from here to Inverness. To the south of the station is the large Culloden viaduct. The goods yard remains, out of use, as oil sidings. The sidings were used to store redundant locomotives awaiting scrapping in steam days.

Millburn Junction 

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Looking away from Millburn junction to the East. Train on Aberdeen line

This is the junction with the older Inverness and Nairn Railway. The route to the south crosses over the original line to Keith as it turns south. West from this point is the junction between the two lines, sidings and the station.


Page created on 04/09/1997
Page last edited on: 11/03/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford