Inverness and Perth Junction Railway



Dates

22/07/1861Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Act obtained for a line between Dunkeld and Forres, and Ballinluig to Aberfeldy. Engineer: Joseph Mitchell.
17/10/1861Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
First sod cut.
  /  /1863Perth and Dunkeld RailwayInverness and Perth Junction Railway
Perth and Dunkeld Railway absorbed by Inverness and Perth Junction Railway (Also given as 1864, 28 February).
01/06/1863Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Dunkeld to Pitlochry opened. Dunkeld (Perth and Dunkeld Railway) becomes a through station (the north wall of the overall trainshed was removed).
03/08/1863Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Forres to Aviemore opened.
09/09/1863Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Line opened from Pitlochry to Aviemore, thus throughout from Inverness to Perth.
  /  /1864Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Dava station opened.
28/02/1864Perth and Dunkeld RailwayInverness and Perth Junction Railway
Perth and Dunkeld Railway absorbed by Inverness and Perth Junction Railway (Also given as 1863).
  /  /1865Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Killiecrankie opened.
  /  /1865Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Dalnaspidal opened.
  /  /1865Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Rafford closed.
01/02/1865Inverness and Aberdeen Junction RailwayInverness and Perth Junction Railway
Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway and Inverness and Perth Junction Railway merge (the name of new company was not yet decided).
29/06/1865Inverness and Aberdeen Junction RailwayInverness and Perth Junction RailwayHighland Railway
Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway and Inverness and Perth Junction Railway merger: company named the Highland Railway.
03/07/1865Aberfeldy Branch
(Inverness and Perth Junction Railway)
Aberfeldy branch opened.
  /  /1871Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Boat of Insh renamed Kincraig.
  /  /1960Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
The double track between Blair Atholl and Dalwhinnie was singled with passing places at Dalnacardoch and Dalnaspidal.
03/05/1965Aberfeldy Branch (Inverness and Perth Junction Railway)
Aberfeldy closed.
06/09/1965Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Dallas Dhu Siding to Boat of Garten closed to freight.
18/10/1965Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Forres to Aviemore closed to passengers.
18/10/1965[Inverness and Perth Junction Railway]
Dallas Dhu siding to Boat of Garten closed to all traffic.
18/10/1965Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Forres East Junction to Forres South Junction closed to passengers.
15/08/1966Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Forres West Junction to Forres South Junction closed to all traffic.
21/05/1967Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Forres South Junction to Dallas Dhu Siding closed to freight.
21/05/1967Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Forres East Junction to Forres South Junction closed to freight.
04/11/1968Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Boat of Garten to Aviemore North Signal closed to freight.
  /  /1970Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Line between Blair Atholl and Dalwhinnie re-doubled. This was done in connection with the oil industry and anticipated extra traffic. The traffic did not increase as much as expected but the double track has been retained.
  /07/1998Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Aviemore station re-opened and Aviemore Speyside station closed.
06/05/2001Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Accident at Moulinearn Level Crossing. An occupant of a car hit by a train at the crossing later died.

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.

Dunkeld to Forres

Dunkeld and Birnam

This is a two platform station which for originally the terminus of the line from Stanley Junction before the Inverness and Perth Junction Railway extended the line north to Inverness via Forres.
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Dalguise

This was a two platform station with a passing loop and the main building on the northbound platform. There was a goods yard to the south, accessed from the south.
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Guay

This was a one platform station, on a single track mainline, with a timber station building. There was a goods yard, a pair of sidings, to the south, east side of the line and accessed from the south.
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Ballinluig

This was a three platform station with two platforms on either side of the loop and a second face of the northbound platform served the Aberfeldy branch, there being a loop alongside the platform.
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Pitlochry

This is a two platform station. It has a station building on the up (southbound) platform with crow stepped gables, a lattice footbridge and timber building on the down platform. There is a strong resemblance to Nairn station.
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Killiecrankie

This was a two platform station with ornate timber buildings featuring canopies. Nothing now remains of the station except nearby railwaymen's cottages and portions of the platforms at the north end where they were built in timber of a bridge over a stream. The station was a loop on the single track...

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Blair Atholl

This two platform station has a two storey stone building on the up (southbound) platform and a timber one on the down platform. It is at the south end of a long double track section north to Dalwhinnie.
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Black Island Platform

The Black Island is a strip of land west of Blair Atholl station, and Blair Castle, between the railway and the River Garry.
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Struan

This was a two platform station just west of Struan Viaduct. The platforms remain here, out of use, and there are some Highland Railway style worker's cottages.
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Dalnacardoch Box

This box controlled a passing loop during the period (1966-1978) that the line between Dalwhinnie and Blair Atholl reverted to single track with passing loops. The box remained after closure and remains still as a single storey structure....

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Dalnaspidal

This was a two platform station. The disused platforms, and a disused signal box, remain intact. The station building was dismantled and re-located to Aviemore Speyside. In recent years the station cottages, which were derelict, have been renovated.
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Dalwhinnie

This two platform station still has a station building, signal box and footbridge. It is located at the north end of the double track section from Blair Atholl.
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Dalwhinnie Distillery

This distillery was established by John Grant, George Sellar and Alexander Mackenzie at a site just to the north of Dalwhinnie village.
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Inchlea Crossing

This was a crossing on the single track line north of Dalwhinnie and south of Etteridge Crossing, itself south of Newtonmore.
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Etteridge Crossing

This loop was on the single track line south of Newtonmore and north of Inchlea Crossing and Dalwhinnie. There was a single signal box.
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Newtonmore

This is a single platform station.
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Kingussie

This is a two platform station with a passing loop on a single track line. The station has a large fine station building on the northbound platform with large glazed platform canopy. There is a siding on the east side, approached from the south.
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Kincraig

This is a passing loop, formerly a station, to the south (and controlled by) Aviemore.
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Aviemore Speyside

This was the southern terminus of the Strathspey Railway (Preserved).
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Boat of Garten

This is a preserved station on the Strathspey Railway....

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Broomhill

This is a single platform station on the Strathspey Railway (Preserved).
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River Dulnain Viaduct

This single track viaduct is located north of Broomhill station.
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Grantown-on-Spey West

This was a two platform to the south west of Grantown-on-Spey. The main station building, the second on the site, had a large glazed canopy and was on the southbound platform, on the town side. There was a goods yard at the south end, east side of the line, approached from the north.
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Castle Grant Platform

This private station, bridge, gatehouse and entry arch were built at the expense of the railway company to the design of the local landowner. The building was the East Lodge for the estate.
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Dava Summit

Summit of the line between Dava (to the north) and Castle Grant Platform at 1052 ft.
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Dava

This was a two platform station (platforms long enough for 12 carriage trains as a former mainline). There was a loading bank to the north of the station, on the east side of the line. This was a somewhat remote station, not far north of Dava Summit. Today the railway cottages and former station...

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Divie Viaduct

This tall seven arch single track masonry viaduct still stands. The viaduct is 159 yards long with arches spanning 45 ft and 105 ft high.
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Dunphail

This was a two platform station with a passing loop on the single track Aviemore to Forres former main line of the Highland Railway. The station building remains standing on the former northbound platform. The goods yard had a loading bank and is located to the north of the station.
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Rafford

This station was opened with the line, but closed very shortly afterwards.
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Dallas Dhu Halt

Dallas Dhu Distillery opened in 1899 and this halt opened to serve it. The distillery is to the west of the railway. There were sidings for the distillery, served from the north.
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Forres [2nd]

This station is now closed.
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Forres south to east curve

Forres [2nd]

This station is now closed.
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