Dornoch Light Railway

Introduction

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






Dates

  /  /1898[Dornoch Light Railway]
Dornoch Light Railway authorised
02/06/1902[Dornoch Light Railway]
Dornoch Light Railway opened from The Mound ([Sutherland Railway]) to Dornoch. Andrew Carnegie spoke at the opening (he owned a castle, now a hotel, at Skilbo near Dornoch).
01/01/1923Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Arbroath and Forfar Railway
Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
Caledonian Railway
Glasgow and South Western Railway
Callander and Oban Railway
Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway
Highland Railway
Cathcart District Railway
Killin Railway
Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Portpatrick and Wigtownshire Joint Committee
Brechin and Edzell District Railway
Dornoch Light Railway
Wick and Lybster Light Railway
Grouped into London, Midland and Scottish Railway.
13/06/1960[Dornoch Light Railway]
Dornoch to The Mound closed to all traffic

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This was a two platform junction station - one platform on the main Far North Line (with a loop on its north side) opened in 1868 and a branch platform of 1902 (also with a loop, on its south side), located just to the south, on the closed Dornoch branch.
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Substantial remains of the former The Mound station, one-time junction for the branch to Dornoch, being passed by 158720 from Inverness to Wick via ...
David Bosher 17/06/2019
Far North trains still rush by The Mound, and the owner of the old junction station keeps chickens on the site of the branch platform (off to the ...
John Yellowlees 06/07/2019
A 158 on a Wick to Inverness service skirts Loch Fleet and heads towards the site of The Mound station, marked by the modern bridge that carries the ...
Mark Bartlett 20/07/2016
158702 southbound towards Inverness on 16 May about to go under the A9 at The Mound alongside the River Fleet. The train is the 1234 ScotRail service ...
Brian Smith 16/05/2015

This was a single platform halt on the north side of a level crossing alongside Loch Fleet. The platform was on the south side of the line beside the road. To the immediate west was a road junction.
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The remains of Cambusavie Platform, alongside the minor road to Skelbo at the A9 junction, in July 2016. The old fencing can be seen on top of a mound ...
Mark Bartlett 20/07/2016
View looking north west over Cambusavie Halt, level crossing and crossing keepers house. ...
Ewan Crawford //
View looking north west at Cambusavie Halts disused platform. ...
Ewan Crawford //
After leaving The Mound and crossing the causeway over Loch Fleet the first stop on the DLR was at Cambusavie, where a few platform remains still hide ...
John Furnevel 26/8/2007

This was a single platform station, with a siding and loading bank to the north, served from the east. The platform was on the south side of the line. The station was to the east of a level crossing.
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Standing on the trackbed of the Dornoch Light Railway in the summer of 2007 looking towards The Mound. The location is approximately one mile north ...
John Furnevel 26/08/2007
Looking south over the closed Skelbo stations platform. ...
Ewan Crawford //
An old permanent-way hut of the Dornoch Light Railway still stands alongside the road at Skelbo, long after the track bed itself has disappeared under ...
Mark Bartlett 20/07/2016
Between Skelbo and Cambusavie much of the Dornoch branch formation has disappeared under the road and farmland but this short stretch of embankment, ...
Mark Bartlett 20/07/2016

A single platform station to the west of Embo. The platform was on the east, town, side of the line. To the south was a siding approached from the north. To the north of the station was a level crossing. ...

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Looking north over the closed Embo station. ...
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View north across Station Road, Embo, on 26 August 2007, showing the redeveloped level crossing and former station site. On the right Station ...
John Furnevel 26/08/2007

This was a terminus in the north of Dornoch. It was a single platform station with a locomotive shed on the east side of the line at the north end and a goods yard to the west of the passenger station. The platform was on the east side of the site alongside a rounding loop. Photographs of the station when open often show Dornoch Cathedral in the background, it was to the south of the station.
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The eye-catching former station building at Dornoch, looking north along Station Road in the summer of 2007. The signs read (from the left)... ...
John Furnevel 26/08/2007
Dornoch station in July 2016, still in business use fifty six years after closure and with the platform facing clearly visible. ...
Mark Bartlett 20/07/2016
The former station building at Dornoch is a fine survivor, which lived on after the 1960 closure and did service as a takeaway before becoming a ...
John Yellowlees 06/07/2019
Dornoch with extension. ...
Ewan Crawford //