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.

Aviemore

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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Carrbridge

This is a two platform station with a passing loop.
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Tomatin Viaduct

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

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Tomatin

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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Tomatin Distillery

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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Moy

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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Daviot

This was a two platform station.
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Culloden Viaduct

Also known as Nairn Viaduct and Culloden Moor Viaduct, just to the south of Culloden Moor station.
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Culloden Moor

This was a two platform station just to the north of the Culloden Viaduct.
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Cradlehall Crossovers

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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Millburn Junction

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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