Strathpeffer Branch (Highland Railway)

Introduction

This is closed. Passenger services are provided by ScotRail at nearby Dingwall to Inverness, Kyle of Lochalsh, Thurso and Wick.






Dates

  /  /1885Strathpeffer Branch (Highland Railway)
Strathpeffer [2nd] station built to design of Murdoch Paterson.
01/06/1885Dingwall and Skye Railway
Strathpeffer [1st] renamed Auchterneed for opening of Strathpeffer Branch (Highland Railway).
03/06/1885Strathpeffer Branch (Highland Railway)
Line opens.
23/02/1946Strathpeffer Branch (Highland Railway)
Strathpeffer [2nd] branch closes to passengers (Alternative date: 2 March 1946).
02/03/1946Strathpeffer Branch (Highland Railway)
Strathpeffer [2nd] branch closes to passengers (Alternative date: 23 February 1946).
26/03/1951Strathpeffer Branch (Highland Railway)
Strathpeffer [2nd] to Dingwall (Fodderty Junction) closed to freight (complete closure).

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Fodderty to Strathpeffer

This was the junction between the Dingwall and Skye Railway and the 1885 branch to Strathpeffer. The town town had been, at its request, bypassed by the Dingwall and Skye Railway when it opened in 1870. With the tourist development of Strathpeffer as a Spa town a branch, approaching from the east, opened in 1885 from this junction, a little west of Dingwall.
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GBXI ran to Kyle of Lochalsh on 22nd April. Unfortunately the weather lived down to its reputation and the rain came on in earnest around Achanalt. B1 ...
John Gray 22/04/2018
Eastbound at the former Fodderty Junction in 2004, with Knock Farrel in the background left. ...
Ewan Crawford 17/07/2004
A cheery toot of the horn and a thumbs up from the cab of 66104 as it climbs away from the site of Fodderty Junction on 21 June with five ballast ...
John Gray 21/06/2015
Looking west at Fodderty Junction level crossing. ...
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This Second World War yard was laid out in the 'V' of Fodderty Junction. Its approach led off the Strathpeffer branch and it was approached from Fodderty Junction to the east.
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This was a single platform terminus. The former station still exists, today in use as a series of shops and units. The station served the spa town of Strathpeffer which was very popular with the Victorians, even giving rise to a dedicated express train to the town (the Strathpeffer Spa Express from Aviemore). The station building is a single storey in timber with a large glazed canopy over the ...

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Looking east at the former Strathpeffer station. ...
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The old station at Strathpeffer. ...
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Looking east at Strathpeffer station from the car-park ...
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Waiting for the leaf train? Strathpeffer, autumn 2002. ...
John Furnevel /11/2002




Highland Hotel Strathpeffer

This hotel was built by the Highland Railway in the Strathpeffer Spa to the west of their Strathpeffer [2nd] terminus. It was designed by James Russell Burnett. The building is three storeys high with an attic, the overall appearance being Bavarian in style.
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