Inverness and Nairn Railway
This line is open. Passenger services
are provided by ScotRail
from Inverness to Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Stations remain open
at Inverness and Nairn.
This line runs east alongside the Moray Firth
from Inverness to Nairn.
Description of route
From Inverness to Nairn.
This was the eastern terminus of the line.
The line was later extended further east by the Inverness
and Aberdeen Junction Railway to Elgin. Until recently this station still
had two operational signalboxes, one at either end of the station. There were
two boxes at either end of many of the station on the Highland Railway due to
the length of the loops and Board of Trade Regulations. In latter years the
signalman cycled between the boxes.
The westbound platform station building was
a museum for a few years but has closed. It is presently a flower shop.
Also until recently this station had a goods
shed. This has been dismantled and is being taken to the preserved railway,
"The Caledonian Railway",
for use at its Bridge of Dun station on the former Aberdeen Railway.
This was the junction for the Fort
George Branch (Highland Railway). The station was known as Fort George until
the branch line opened. The original station building from the first station
There is a siding here for a timber company.
The former station here is closed.
Castle Stuart Platform
This halt is closed and little remains today.
The site is close to Inverness Airport which does not have a station.
This station is closed. There is still a level
crossing here at an attractive site by the Moray Firth.
This is the west facing junction between the
Aberdeen and Perth (Inverness
and Aviemore Direct Railway) routes.
This yard has sidings for concrete and timber
traffic as well as a carriage stabling and cleaning shed. The yard used to occupy
land by the Moray Firth but after land reclamation it is now separated from
it by the A9 and some industrial estates.
Welsh's Bridge Junction
At this junction the direct line to the far
north, which by-passes the Inverness terminus, leave the station approach lines
at an east facing junction. The junction had a very fine signalbox and gantry
signals, all now demolished.
Welsh's Bridge is named for a land owner who
had a house on this land and was an objector to the building of the railway.
This roundhouse shed was approached by passing
under a 'triumph arch' which was the water tank for the shed. Nothing remains
of the shed now, its site is occupied by a supermarket, although the site of
the turntable is picked out with stones.
Lochgorm Locomotive Works
At these works the Highland
Railway used to build its locmotives. Following closure of Inverness Shed
the works came into use as a heavy maintenance and running shed. They remain
in that use today. The works are located by the east end of the station.
This station is built within a triangular junction.
There is a freight by-pass running between Millburn Junction and Rose Street
Junction. Lines come in from the East and terminate in a number of platforms,
one of them having a link to lines which approach from the North and terminate
at other platforms. The station could be said to be two terminii built next
to each other.
East-facing platforms. The train shed (glass roofs) can be seen in the
background. The North-facing platforms are in the right background.
Similar view from another platform showing
the east and southbound platforms.
Rose Street Junction
At this junction the northbound lines from
Inverness station meet the by-pass line from Welsh's junction. These lines are
tightly curved and were installed when the Inverness
and Ross-shire Railway was opened. This line leaves the former Inverness
Harbour line and runs west crossing the River Ness on a viaduct.
This harbour, on the River Ness, was served
by a line which approached on a tight west to north curve and steep gradient.
Trackwork remains embedded in in quaysides today. The harbour line, cut short,
is in use today for freight.
Page created on 04/09/1997
Page last edited on: 17/03/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford