Inverness and Nairn Railway

Introduction

This line is open. Passenger services are provided by ScotRail from Inverness to Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Stations remain open at Inverness and Nairn.



Dates

24/07/1854[Inverness and Nairn Railway]
Line authorised, 15 miles from Inverness to Nairn and a 1/2 mile branch to Inverness harbour. Contractor : Brassey & Falshaw .
05/11/1855[Inverness and Nairn Railway]
Line opened with stations at Inverness, Culloden, Dalcross, Fort George, Cawdor and Nairn.
  /  /1857[Inverness and Nairn Railway]
Cawdor renamed Kildrummie.
17/05/1861Inverness and Nairn RailwayInverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway
Inverness and Nairn Railway absorbed by Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway.
08/09/2002[Inverness and Nairn Railway]
[Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway] ([Highland Railway])
Blocked by flood-water.

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Inverness to Nairn

This is a terminus for services to and from locations to the south such as Glasgow Queen Street High Level, Edinburgh Waverley and London, and locations north and west such as Kyle of Lochalsh, Thurso and Wick.
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A barrel train on the platform at Inverness station with two much larger friends on either side. ...
John Yellowlees 18/08/2017
158 719 arrives at Inverness with the 1209 ex Dyce bang on time at 1409. Every station on route showed it formed of 2 coaches but when it appeared 719 ...
Caleb Abbott 27/06/2018
158706 rolls into Inverness Platform 3 with the 2000 arrival from Dyce on 17th August 2018. ...
Caleb Abbott 17/08/2018
On the eve of the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Sutherland Railway let's look back to 1999. Councillor Alison Magee with Alastair McPherson ...
John Yellowlees 28/07/1999

This shed was located to the south of the station. The shed was a roundhouse, entry to the roundhouse being through an archway with the a watertank above.
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Pickersgill ex-Caledonian 4-4-0 no 54466 in the roundhouse at Inverness in 1962, a few months before its withdrawal. [See image 9216]. ...
R Sillitto/A Renfrew Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //1962
Drummond 0-4-0ST no 56038, minus wooden tender, comes off the turntable at Inverness in March 1959. The semi-circular open roundhouse closed in 1962 ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 25/03/1959
The roundhouse. Inverness sheds. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 02/07/1950


This signal cabin controlled the junction between the lines to Aberdeen and Perth (to the east) and the approach to Inverness Shed, goods yard, Inverness station, Lochgorm Works, bypass to Rose Street Junction, carriage sidings and Millburn Yard. ...

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Welsh's Bridge cabin in Inverness, and its gantry, seen from the south side in the 1970s. The box was at the eastern approach to the station ...
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67008 at Inverness. ...
John Gray 02/04/2005
An 08 shunts in Millburn Yard. Viewed from Glasgow-Inverness train. ...
Ewan Crawford //1989
37 416 shunting PW wagons at Millburn. ...
Ewan Crawford //
08788 is one of Invernesss Station pilots. ...
John Gray 02/04/2005

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
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
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



This was a two platform station.
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Originally named Culloden, until the direct line to Aviemore opened in 1898, Allanfearn was the first station out of Inverness on the line to Nairn. ...
Mark Bartlett 01/07/2011

This was a private halt built to serve Castle Stuart which was to the north. ...

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An evening service heads east towards Castle Stuart Platform. Poor weather has the hills behind disappear to the left hand side. Also to the left is ...
Ewan Crawford 30/09/2009

This was a two platform station. It was at the east end of a double track section from Inverness. There was a single siding goods yard to the east side of a level crossing, on the south side of the line and served from the west.
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The siding for Dalcross products limited. ...
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Token exchange at speed between ex-HR Jones Goods 4-6-0 no 103 and the signalman at Dalcross station in the summer of 1965. ...
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) //1965
An Aberdeen - Inverness service passes Norbord Highland's factory at Dalcross in September 2009. This factory was rail served with the siding being ...
Ewan Crawford 30/09/2009
The former Dalcross station, between Inverness and Nairn, viewed from the north side of the level crossing in July 2011. The station closed in 1965 ...
Mark Bartlett 01/07/2011

This station was largely to the west of an overbridge. It was a three platform station, two main line platforms to the south and a bay to the north for the Fort George [2nd] branch on the north side of the eastbound platform.
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The former station building at Gollanfield Junction station. View looks south. ...
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Class 47 hauled passenger train heads east at the former Gollanfield Junction station. ...
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Early morning view looking east towards Nairn from the overbridge at Gollanfield. The old station, once the junction for Fort George, is the more ...
Mark Bartlett 01/07/2011
An early morning Aberdeen to Inverness service runs through Gollanfield. 158706 is passing the overgrown trackbed of the short Fort George branch, ...
Mark Bartlett 01/07/2011

This was a single platform station largely to the east of a road overbridge. The platform was to the south of the running line.
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This was a short lived station north of Kildrummie. Nothing now remains. ...

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This is a two platform station in the south of Nairn. The station buildings on both platforms are similar to those at Pitlochry. The main building, a single storey, is on the eastbound (Aberdeen) platform, on the town side of the station. Thought to be designed by William Roberts and Murdoch Paterson it dates from 1885 and is 'B' listed. The platforms are linked by a lattice ...

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The westbound platform waiting room at Nairn is now a Men's Shed. ...
John Yellowlees 03/12/2018
The restored westbound platform building at Nairn is a 'Man's Shed'. Men's Shed Association ...
John Yellowlees 03/12/2018
Nairn station's 19th century Highland waiting room is being restored with the help of a grant from the Railway Heritage Trust. Viewed from the ...
John Yellowlees 17/08/2018
The elegant main station building at Nairn in November 2005, looking east towards Forres. ...
John Furnevel 02/11/2005




Inverness Harbour Branch

Inverness Harbour Branch

This signal cabin controlled the junction between the lines to Aberdeen and Perth (to the east) and the approach to Inverness Shed, goods yard, Inverness station, Lochgorm Works, bypass to Rose Street Junction, carriage sidings and Millburn Yard. ...

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Welsh's Bridge cabin in Inverness, and its gantry, seen from the south side in the 1970s. The box was at the eastern approach to the station ...
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Grab shot of Inverness Depot on 20th August 2018, with a HST alongside presumably on a training trip. ...
Caleb Abbott 20/08/2018

Lochgorm Works was established by the Inverness and Nairn Railway. The works were located to the north of Inverness station and south of the branch to Inverness Harbour (later the station avoiding line) and Needlefield Carriage Sidings.
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47470 awaiting reparis in the locomotive works at Lochgorm. Access by kind permission of British Rail. ...
Ewan Crawford 03/01/1989
37 in the locomotive works at Lochgorm. Access by kind permission of British Rail. ...
Ewan Crawford 03/01/1989
Pickersgill ex-Caledonian 0-4-4T no 55269 photographed at Inverness in 1962, around the time of its withdrawal. The locomotive was eventually cut up ...
R Sillitto/A Renfrew Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //1962
Passing Inverness shed in 1986. ...
Bill Roberton //1986

On a winter's day in early 1973 a northbound double-headed special accelerates out of the Rose Street curve in Inverness. The Harbour Branch is on the ...
David Spaven //1973

View west from Longman Road bridge along the Far North line on 20 April, with the disused stump of the harbour branch on the right. [See image 36576] ...
Bill Roberton 20/04/2013
Looking over the Inverness Harbour branch in 1973. [See image 9215] ...
Bill Roberton //1973
The approach to Ness Viaduct (buffers on both left hand lines) and the stub of the harbour branch in use as a coal depot in 1989. The sidings later ...
Ewan Crawford //1989
Helmsdale - Inverness train approaching Rose Street Junction past the harbour branch. 5P 4.6.0 45192. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 04/07/1950