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Wick and Lybster Light Railway

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Wick and Lybster Light Railway

This light railway is closed. Passenger services are provided by ScotRail between Wick, Thurso and Inverness.

Survey To be entered
Engineers William Roberts (Highland Railway)
Act 27 November 1899
Contractors William Kennedy
Opened 1 July 1903
Closed 3 April 1944
Clickable map of the Wick and Lybster Light Railway. Sutherland and Caithness Railway Thrumster Welsh's Crossing Halt Ulbster Mid Clyth Roster Road Halt Occumster Parkside Halt Lybster

Local area 

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This line ran down the east coast of the far north of Scotland.

Chronology 

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Description of route 

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The line ran 13 miles south from Wick to Lybster running down the east coast of the far north of Scotland. The route was laid as a light railway with minor earthworks. A possible extension of the line 7 miles south to Dunbeath to serve some more fishing villages was planned but never built.

Wick  

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Wick is still open and is the terminus of the ex-Sutherland and Caithness Railway line from Inverness. The junction for the Wick and Lybster Light Railway was immediately south of the station with the branch diverging to the south. The junction faced the station. The location of the junction is now partly built on. The photograph looks west from the junction towards Georgemas Junction. The existing line is on the right, the trackbed of the Lybster line crossed over towards the water-tower.

Thrumster  

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The station building still stands next to the A9, the platform is eroded by remains along with a buffer stop. 

Welsh's Crossing Halt  

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The halt has disappeared although the trackbed formation is still visible. The solum of the line to the south is now gone due to quarrying activities. 

Ulbster  

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A railway cottage remains. 

Mid Clyth  

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A railway cottage remains. 

Roster Road Halt  

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A railway cottage remains.

Occumster  

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A railway cottage remains. Also a single white gate-post from the level crossing remains.

Parkside Halt 

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A railway cottage remains. The line crossed the road by a level crossing and turned east towards the terminus.

Lybster  

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The Station building is now in use by the Lybster Golf Club. The platform is eroded at the edge. The goods shed still stands but the engine shed has gone (1997). The goods shed has been demolished since I wrote this web-page (2003?). The trackbed is partly grassed over. One feels the track could be replaced and the station re-opened nearly!


Page created on 04/09/1997
Page last edited on: 02/04/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford