Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway (Highland Railway)

Introduction

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.

Why built

The line was built by the Highland Railway 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.






Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This is a three platform station, formerly with a bay at the north end on the west side. The station was rebuilt and enlarged when Aviemore became a junction on the opening of the Direct Line via Carrbridge.
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A morning train for Boat of Garten prepares to leave Aviemore on 14 May 2002. The 'Scotland for Steam' headboard being carried by Ivatt 2MT ...
John Furnevel 14/05/2002
View north through a wet Aviemore station on 13 September 2017 as the ScotRail 0845 Inverness - Glasgow Queen Street calls on its way south. ...
Andy Furnevel 13/09/2017
GBRf 66746 in special 'Belmond Royal Scotsman' livery, stabled on the SRS access line at Aviemore on 26 April 2017. ...
Andy Furnevel 26/04/2017
City of Truro at Aviemore. ...
Mark Poustie 31/08/2006

This is a two platform station with a passing loop.
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37405 propels Inspection Coach 975025 'Caroline' as they pass Carrbridge on the way from Derby to Inverness. 7th August 2018.
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Gus Carnegie 07/08/2018
The new plaque on display at Carrbridge station in June 2012.... [welcome recognition for our planting, watering and litter picking over the past ...
Gus Carnegie /06/2012
43032 and 43168 near the end of their long journey from Loughborough to Inverness wait in Carrbridge for the Inverness to Euston Sleeper to pass. ...
Gus Carnegie /07/2018
DBS 67026 Diamond Jubilee approaches Carrbridge on 10 May with a railtour for Inverness. ...
John Gray 10/05/2014

Black 5 No.44871 starts the climb to Slochd Summit with The Great Britain IX .Once over the summit it's almost all downhill to Inverness. ...
John Gray 30/04/2016
Still in full EWS livery, 67007 hauls the late running Caledonian Sleeper through the winterscape near Slochd Summit on 2nd April 2018.
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John Gray 02/04/2018
After stalling at the start of the climb up to Slochd Summit, Black 5 no 44871 puts in a forgiving performance as it nears the top on 25 April with ...
John Gray 25/04/2013
60163 Tornado makes light work of the gradient up to Slochd Summit on 20 June with 'The Highland Rambler' for Inverness. In the ...
John Gray 20/06/2015

This is a 9 arch single track masonary viaduct. ...

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This was a two platform station. This platforms remain, a loop and a closed modern signal box. There are sidings in use for permanent way at the south end, up side. The box opened in 1968 but closed in 1979 when Aviemore signal box took over. ...

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170455, on an Inverness bound service, passes the closed signal box on the platform of the abandoned station at Tomatin on 12th October 2017.
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John Gray 12/10/2017
Colas Rail liveried 70814 climbs the gradient out of Tomatin with thirteen Tarmac cement tankers for Inverness. 12th October 2017.
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John Gray 12/10/2017
66424 ascends the gradient from Findhorn Viaduct and enters the loop at the closed station of Tomatin on 12th October 2017 with a full load of ...
John Gray 12/10/2017
70814 with the southbound cement empties from Inverness to Oxwellmains
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John Gray 13/09/2018

This distillery opened with the Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway (Highland Railway) in 1897. The distillery was rail served, it is on the west side of the line. ...

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This was a two platform station. The station building still stands, there is a passing loop and much of the former platforms. Goods facilities were at the north end, on the east side of the line and accessed from the south. ...

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The 10:45 Inverness to Edinburgh train near Moy on 10th October 2017. 158711 is leading this four coach train.
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John Gray 10/10/2017
The Royal Scotsman going south at Moy on 10th October 2017. The train is heading for Boat of Garten on the Strathspey Railway, hauled by GBRf 66743.
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John Gray 10/10/2017
Freightliner liveried 66524 leads a train of loaded ballast wagons for Inverness at Moy on 10th October 2017. 66545 was bringing up the rear.
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John Gray 10/10/2017
66114 passes Dalmagarry, near Moy, with the southbound Lairg tank empties on 1st August 2014.
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John Gray 01/08/2014

This was a two platform station.
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Looking back to Inverness from the rear of a Glasgow bound train near Daviot. The line was double track. ...
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The southbound Inverness portion of the Caledonian Sleeper climbing
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John Gray 12/07/2016
Freightliner liveried 66613 climbs towards Daviot with a southbound train of cement wagons on 26 June 2008. ...
John Gray 26/06/2008
Man at work - passing shot taken from the northbound 'Royal Highlander' near Daviot in the summer of 1962. ...
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) //1962

Also known as Nairn Viaduct and Culloden Moor Viaduct, just to the south of Culloden Moor station.
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The low winter sun shines on 37610 at the head of the Inverness to
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John Gray 29/10/2018
The southbound Caledonian Sleeper departs Culloden Viaduct hauled by 67005 *
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John Gray 20/05/2018
Colas Rail Freight liveried 60096 leaves Culloden Viaduct with the southbound cement empties. One cargo wagon and ten Tarmac cement tankers. ...
John Gray 01/05/2017
The stately Culloden Viaduct from the east in October 2005. ...
John Furnevel 31/10/2005

This was a two platform station just to the north of the Culloden Viaduct.
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37607 and 37218 work the Georgemas Junction to Mossend engineering train away from Inverness. The wagons are full of old sleepers from Forsinard. In ...
John Gray 17/03/2016
Looking south over Culloden Moor goods yard towards the viaduct. I think the bitumen traffic had ceased. (Can anyone confirm the closure date?) ...
Bill Roberton 31/03/1989
The closed station at Culloden (Moor) looking north towards Inverness. Platforms still in place on both sides at this point despite the station ...
Mark Bartlett 01/07/2011
158725 after crossing Culloden Viaduct. Inverness will be reached in ten minutes. ...
Brian Forbes //1997

These crossovers are about half way between Inverness and Culloden Moor and provide some flexibility should there be a problem on this double track section.
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This junction is east of Inverness station and is where the routes to Aberdeen and Perth divide. The Perth route initially travels north before swinging over the Aberdeen route to gain some height before turning south.
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An Aberdeen bound 47 hauled train approaches Raigmore level crossing east of Millburn Junction in 1990. The remains of the 'Burma Road' are to the ...
Ewan Crawford //1990
The morning 4D50 Inverness-Coatbridge freight heads south from Millburn Junction. The junction is one of those unusual alignments where one line flies ...
Ewan Crawford 26/07/2010
An Aberdeen-bound DMU approaches Millburn Junction level crossing in Inverness in 1976. The route leading up to the Highland Main Line on the right ...
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) //1976