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.
01/07/1899Fort George Branch (Highland Railway)
Line opened. The original Fort George [1st] station on the Inverness and Nairn Railway was sited slightly further west and renamed Gollanfield Junction.
08/09/2002Inverness and Nairn RailwayInverness 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 seven platform 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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Emblem of the Highland Railway Company at Inverness station. ...
Crinan Dunbar 21/08/2018
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

This shed was located to the south of the station. The stone built shed was a roundhouse, entry to the roundhouse being through a triumphal archway (with the watertank concealed above). It was a 34 road shed.
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Photograph taken from a train passing Inverness shed in 1958. The locomotive nearest the camera is Black 5 45124. ...
D Welsh Collection [Courtesy Bruce McCartney] //1958
Grab shot from a train leaving Inverness in 1959, with B1 and Black 5 locomotives visible in the shed yard. ...
D Walker Collection [Courtesy Bruce McCartney] //1959
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
An Inverness BRCW Type 2 and ex-banana van parked at Inverness MPD in the late 1960s. Note the tablet catcher mounted on the loco cab side - these ...
David Spaven //

This was a platform east of Welsh's Bridge, the road bridge crossing the line to approach William Welsh's Millburn House on the north side of the railway. The location was just east of the bridge and, slightly further west, Welsh's Bridge Junction.
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This signal cabin controlled the junction between the lines to Aberdeen and Perth (to the east) and the approach to Inverness Shed, Inverness Goods yard, Inverness station, Lochgorm Works, bypass to Rose Street Junction, carriage sidings and Millburn Yard.
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Welsh's Bridge Signal Box, Inverness, seen from the south side. Thought to be taken in the early 1970s. ...
Aitken Scott //
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 ...
Aitken Scott //
08788 is one of Invernesss Station pilots. ...
John Gray 02/04/2005
A BRCW Type 2 propels its train back past Welsh's Bridge box into Inverness station in 1967. [See image 36843] ...
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) //1967

67008 at Inverness. ...
John Gray 02/04/2005
37 416 shunting PW wagons at Millburn. ...
Ewan Crawford //
37418 East Lancashire Railway at rest in Inverness Yard. ...
John Gray 02/04/2005
Snow Plough ZZA ADB965234 sits in Milburn Yard, Inverness on a glorious summer day. 27th June 2018. ...
Caleb Abbott 27/06/2018

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



This was a two platform station. The station was at Allanfearn, but on opening was the closest station to Culloden, thus the name used until the direct line from Aviemore to Inverness opened in 1898, with its Culloden Moor 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
New single track replaces the former double track route between Inverness and Nairn, as seen from the front of an Aberdeen bound DMU in the late ...
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) //

The former Dalcross station was south west of today's Inverness Airport. A new station is planned for the airport, but it is unlikely to be built at the original Dalcross station site. Planning permission for a single platform station to the north east, closer to the airport, has lapsed and will probably be replaced with a double track station plan which would be more in keeping with the ...

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The siding for Dalcross products limited. ...
Ewan Crawford //
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, a reconstruction of Fort George [1st] station, with 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. ...
Ewan Crawford //
Class 47 hauled passenger train heads east at the former Gollanfield Junction station. ...
Ewan Crawford //
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 elegant main station building at Nairn in November 2005, looking east towards Forres. ...
John Furnevel 02/11/2005
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




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, Inverness Goods yard, Inverness station, Lochgorm Works, bypass to Rose Street Junction, carriage sidings and Millburn Yard.
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Welsh's Bridge Signal Box, Inverness, seen from the south side. Thought to be taken in the early 1970s. ...
Aitken Scott //
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 ...
Aitken Scott //
08788 is one of Invernesss Station pilots. ...
John Gray 02/04/2005
A BRCW Type 2 propels its train back past Welsh's Bridge box into Inverness station in 1967. [See image 36843] ...
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) //1967

27025 in the Inverness station sidings (the goods just south of the station, now a Morrison's Supermarket). 25 September 1982. ...
Peter Todd 25/09/1982
37039 on the move through the yards at Inverness in May 1982. ...
Peter Todd 10/05/1982
40044 stands in Inverness goods in October 1981. ...
Peter Todd 01/10/1981
26028 stabled alongside Inverness MPD on 2 August 1985. ...
Peter Todd 02/08/1985

The section of Highland House, Inverness, damaged as a result of a fire on 28 October 2009. ...
John Gray 31/10/2009
Grab shot of Inverness Depot on 20th August 2018, with a HST alongside presumably on a training trip. ...
Caleb Abbott 20/08/2018
A sleeping car sitting at Inverness Depot on 1st August being readied for use on the Highland Sleeper later that evening. ...
Graham Morgan 01/08/2008
The Highland Sleeper does not run on a saturday evening. Here it is protruding from Inverness Depot. ...
Brian Forbes 22/9/2007

The Lochgorm Works was established by the Inverness and Nairn Railway. The works are 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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08 523 outside Inverness. Apart from shunting the sleeper stock out of the station this smart little shunter doesn't have much work. Unless it's used ...
Caleb Abbott 27/06/2018
HR 103 receiving attention at Inverness in August 1965 between turns with the Highland Railway Centenary specials. The locomotive ran a twice ...
K A Gray /08/1965
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

This junction was formed in 1862 with the opening of the Inverness and Ross-shire Railway as far as Dingwall. The new line connected with the Inverness Harbour branch of the Inverness and Nairn Railway of 1855.
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D8033 on a freight to the north in 1960. The photograph is from the end of the northern platforms at Inverness station. ...
David Murray-Smith 06/04/1960
D8033 on the station bypass at Rose Street Junction in Inverness with a freight to the north in 1960. ...
David Murray-Smith 06/04/1960
Rose Street cabin, Inverness. This controlled the 3 northern platforms and both main lines along The Rose Street Curve. An up loop and the north entry ...
Brian Forbes /04/1988
An EWS Class 66 passes Inverness Depot with the Safeway intermodal service from Georgemas Junction in 2000. A DRS-operated train for Tesco is now ...
Bill Roberton //2000

A 3/4 mile branch to Inverness Harbour opened with the Inverness and Nairn Railway in 1855. The branch commenced at Welsh's Bridge Junction where it left the approach to Inverness station to run west to the bank of the River Ness (just south of Cromwell's Fort [Inverness]). The branch ended with a loop and a turnplate serving quayside sidings running north.
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A trainload of pipes bound for the cement-coating plant near Invergordon heads north from Inverness in 1978 - the harbour branch and coal yard are to ...
David Spaven //1978
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