Duke of Sutherland^s Railway

Introduction

This line is open. Passenger services are provided by ScotRail from Inverness to Wick, Thurso, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh Waverley.

The line is supported and promoted by the Friends of the Far North Line .






Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This is a single platform station which retains its station building, now a house after spending several years derelict and at risk. There was a passing loop here but the northbound platform and line have been removed. The platforms were slightly staggered. Adjacent, and to the south, of the station was Golspie Shed. A goods yard was to the east of the station. A skew arch viaduct crossed the ...

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Approaching the station at Golspie, Sutherland, in August 2007. ...
John Furnevel 27/08/2007
Golspie goods shed still in use by the local coal merchant.16/10/06 ...
John Gray 16/10/2006
The station building at Golspie, seen from the forecourt on 27 August 2007. The date on the stone is 1868. The road bridge on the right carries the A9 ...
John Furnevel 27/08/2007
158722 is twenty minutes down arriving at Golspie from the north.16/10/06 ...
John Gray 16/10/2006

This is a single platform station close to Dunrobin Castle. It is noted for its station building (really a private waiting room). The station was briefly the southern station of the Duke of Sutherland's Private Railway to Helmsdale. Following incorporation of that line into the Highland Railway this became a private station until closure in 1965. The station building is the second, the earlier ...

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In failing light, unfortunately, the Countess of Sutherland, with John Boyle, is seen unveiling a new station sign at Dunrobin on the 28th of July ...
John Yellowlees 28/07/1999
Looking north at Dunrobin Castle. ...
Ewan Crawford //2002
A fine lamp at Dunrobin Castle station with the statue of George Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, 2nd Duke and 20th Earl of Sutherland. He was the father of ...
John Yellowlees 13/04/2018
Dunrobin Castle Halt looking north. The building is now a railway museum. 16/10/06 ...
John Gray 16/10/2006

This carriage shed was located just north of Dunrobin on the east side of the line. ...

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This is a two platform station on the Far North line with a passing loop. The station building stands on the northbound platform. A goods shed, in poor condition, remains to the north. There is a goods yard siding, now used for permanent way trains, to the north on the west side of the line. The line crosses a viaduct to the immediate south of the station. ...

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Brora build date. ...
John Gray 16/10/2006
The surviving Highland Railway goods shed at Brora seen from a northbound train. ...
John Yellowlees 30/06/2016
Brora station frontage. 16/10/06 ...
John Gray 16/10/2006
Brora goods shed with the passenger station beyond. The shed still stands, a little more decrepit. Taken on 31 March 1989 when the Far North Line was ...
Bill Roberton //1989

This was a single platform station on the Far North line. The station building, partly timber, still stands and is now a private house. ...

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Looking south towards the closed Loth station. ...
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158710 powers up the gradient approaching Loth Station on 17 September on the 2H57 1400 Inverness to Wick service. ...
John Gray 17/09/2013
North of Brora, The Far North Line runs along the east coast until it reaches Helmsdale then turns inland to follow the Strath of Kildonan. Black 5 ...
John Gray 01/05/2016
Loth Station was on the section of the Duke of Sutherland's Railway that was opened on 1st November 1870 as far as Helmsdale. The station closed to ...
John Gray 17/09/2013

This was the very short lived terminus of the line before extension to Helmsdale station. There are no known remains. ...

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Former site of West Helmsdale station at Gartymore. View looks north towards Helmsdale. ...
Ewan Crawford //

This is a two platform station with a passing loop on the Far North line. The southbound platform building still stands as does the southern signal box ('B' listed), out of use.
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This new plaque was unveiled today at Helmsdale by Geordie Adams, who was a fireman on the Jellicoe Express during the Second World War. ...
John Yellowlees 30/09/2017
A new plaque and poster were unveiled today at Helmsdale by Geordie Adams, who was a fireman on the Jellicoe Express during the Second World War. ...
John Yellowlees 30/09/2017
WRVS poster at Helmsdale. This poster has a quote from Geordie Adams, the fireman from the Jellicoe Express who today unveiled the plaque. ...
John Yellowlees 29/09/2017
Helmsdale viewed from the approach road, Summer 1994. ...
John Gray //

This two road shed was located just west / north of Helmsdale station to the south side of the line.
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