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 Carrbridge.

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 to Inverness via Carrbridge. The name Aviemore is from Gaelic, 'An Aghaidh Mhòr' - The big (mountain) face.
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What secrets lie behind the red door? A door marked 'private' at Aviemore station. ...
Crinan Dunbar 03/06/2019
City of Truro at Aviemore. ...
Mark Poustie 31/08/2006
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
There's a locomotive in there somewhere. ...
Bill Roberton 23/09/2018

Construction of two signal boxes, a north and a south, began here in 1898 but the construction was abandoned. The site may have been considered for a station, not just a loop.
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This is a two platform station with a passing loop. The main station building, waiting room and footbridge remain. There is a small car park. The station is at 914 ft above sea level.
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Pathfinder Tours 'Autumn Highlander' at a very dreich Carrbridge on 28th September 2019. 37409 'Lord Hinton' and 37419 'Carl Haviland 1954 - 2012' ...
John Gray 28/09/2019
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
DRS liveried 66305, working from Millerhill S.S. to Lairg, hauls five autoballasters north through Carrbridge on 22nd June 2019. The wet weather has ...
John Gray 22/06/2019
66743 hauling the first Royal Scotsman tour of 2019, from Kyle of Lochalsh to Boat of Garten. Waiting for a signal at Carrbridge Station on 13th April ...
Gus Carnegie 13/04/2019

This is a single track bridge just north of Carrbridge station.
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Autumn at Carrbridge viaduct, November 2005, looking south towards the station. ...
John Furnevel 01/11/2005
Sunset, Carrbridge Viaduct, 15 January 2012. ...
Gus Carnegie 15/01/2012
68006 'Daring' speeds across the viaduct over the River Dulnain at
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John Gray 11/08/2018
Freightliner 66618 crosses Carrbridge Viaduct on 4 April heading for Inverness with a cement train from Oxwellmains. ...
John Gray 04/04/2013

This is a 26ft single track bridge with mass concrete abutments over the Baddengorm Burn (Allt nan Ceatharnach) north of Carrbridge station and the Dulnain Viaduct [Carrbridge]. The original bridge here was a 15ft arch.
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This is a summit, 1315 ft above sea level, and passing loop between Carrbridge station and the former Tomatin station. There was no station here.
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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
Standard Class 4 No.75014 is in fine condition as it pounds its way up to Slochd Summit heading for Perth and the south. This loco is now named ...
John Gray //
D6607 Ben Cruachan in BR green climbs to Slochd Summit with a train of log wagons, Autumn 1995. ...
John Gray //
Class 47 hauled passenger train heads south at Slochd crossing. ...
Ewan Crawford //

This viaduct is south east of the former Tomatin station and Tomatin Viaduct.
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Heading north over the Findhorn Viaduct. ...
Ewan Crawford //1989
Black five 44871 is seen in silhouette crossing Findhorn Viaduct on a miserable wet morning in November 1995. ...
John Gray /11/1995
Class 47s Nos. D1924 'Crewe Diesel Depot' and 1733 haul The Statesman
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John Gray 29/10/2018
Jubilee Class 4-6-0 No.45699 Galatea and Class B1 4-6-0 No.1264 in
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John Gray 23/04/2018

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

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...and theres another one. Tomatin viaduct to the north of the town, 2007. ...
John Furnevel 25/08/2007
60009 & 61994 are seen crossing the viaduct above Tomatin with The Great Britain. ...
John Gray 14/04/2007

This was a two platform station. The platforms remain, a loop, closed modern signal box and railway cottages.
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99 miles from Perth appears to be right in the middle of the former Inverness bound platform at Tomatin. Both platforms have rails as Tomatin is a ...
Caleb Abbott 22/04/2019
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
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
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

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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4wDM Simplex shunter (Motor Rail 9925 of 1963) out of use at Tomatin Distillery in 1976. This had come from the Tay Road Bridge contract where it ...
Bill Roberton //1976

This was a two platform station. The station building still stands on the site of the southbound platform, there is a passing loop and much of the former platforms. The station building had a private waiting room for Mackintosh of Moy Hall.
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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
Scotrail 170430 at Moy with an Inverness service on 17th April 2019. ...
John Gray 17/04/2019
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

This was a two platform station. This was the southern extent of the double track section running south from Inverness Millburn Junction.
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37606, in DRS livery, heads a Network Rail test train south from Inverness, passing the
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John Gray 28/01/2019
Looking back to Inverness from the rear of a Glasgow bound train near Daviot. The line was double track. ...
Ewan Crawford //
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

Also known as Nairn Viaduct and Culloden Moor Viaduct, just to the south of Culloden Moor station.
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Inverness to Mossend container train being hauled by 66430. Pictured coming off Culloden Viaduct on 15th April 2019.
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John Gray 15/04/2019
The southbound Caledonian Sleeper departs Culloden Viaduct hauled by 67005 *
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John Gray 20/05/2018
The stately Culloden Viaduct from the east in October 2005. ...
John Furnevel 31/10/2005
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

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
27045 runs through Culloden in May 1985. ...
Peter Todd /05/1985

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 08 shunts in Millburn Yard. Viewed from Glasgow-Inverness train. ...
Ewan Crawford //1989
Oil train about to depart from Millburn Yard, Inverness, for Lairg. ...
Ewan Crawford //
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
61994 with its support coach leaves Inverness for Thornton on 12 April having undertaken GB2 duties the previous day. ...
John Gray 12/04/2009