Sutherland Railway

Introduction

This line is open. Passenger services are provided by ScotRail from Inverness to Thurso and Wick.

The line is supported and promoted by the Friends of the Far North Line .






Dates

29/06/1865[Sutherland Railway]
Sutherland Railway receives act to build a line from Bonar Bridge to Brora.
13/04/1868[Sutherland Railway]
Bonar Bridge [Inverness and Ross-shire Railway] to Golspie opened with stations at: stations at; Invershin, Lairg, Rogart, The Mound and Golspie.
  /  /1871[Sutherland Railway]
Culrain opened.
  /  /1884[Sutherland Railway]
[Highland Railway]
Sutherland Railway absorbed by Highland Railway.
  /  /1912[Sutherland Railway]
Oykel viaduct strengthened for Castles locomotives during 1912/1913.
13/06/1960[Sutherland Railway]
Rogart and The Mound closed.
06/03/1961[Sutherland Railway]
Rogart re-opened.
12/06/1961[Sutherland Railway]
Rogart re-named Rogart Halt. (Later the name reverted).
11/12/2001[Sutherland Railway]
First oil train runs to the re-instated facility at Lairg for the first time in 10 years. The service is operated by EWS.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This is a two platform station with a passing loop on the Far North line. The northbound platform retains its station building, now a house, and a goods yard exists to the south, west side of the line, currently in permanent way maintenance use. The station was known, until 1977, by the name of the nearby bridge (and town) which was on the road north but is now named for the village where the ...

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The main station building at Ardgay in August 2007. ...
John Furnevel 30/08/2007
Looking north through Ardgay station on 14 September 2001. ...
John Furnevel 14/09/2001
Stanier 8F 48151 coasts through Ardgay with The Great Britain railtour on 12 April. ...
John Gray 12/04/2007
158725 calls at Ardgay in April 2007. ...
John Gray 12/04/2007

The Oykel Viaduct is directly to the south of Invershin station and north of Culrain station. It is a single track 230 foot truss viaduct with two masonry arches to the south and three to the north. A pedestrian footway attached to the side. Also known as the Shin Railway Viaduct. ...

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37414 crosses the Shin Viaduct with a northbound train. Taken on 31 March 1989 when the Far North Line was isolated by the Ness Viaduct collapse. ...
Bill Roberton 31/03/1989
Southbound over the Oykel Viaduct on the approach to Culrain from Invershin. ...
Ewan Crawford //
37421 and 37612 top and tail a northbound Network Rail test train over the Oykel
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John Gray 05/08/2018
Looking west at the Oykel viaduct. ...
Ewan Crawford //

This is a single platform station with a small shelter south of the Oykel Viaduct. It is in an area of scattered houses, farmland and low population. Culrain Mains is to the immediate west. The Kyle of Sutherland, the lower River Oykel, is to the east.
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The lonely outpost of Culrain on the Far North line in September 2001. A quarter of a mile off to the right is the Oykel Viaduct spanning the Kyle of ...
John Furnevel 14/09/2001
All quiet at Culrain in 1976. ...
Ian Dinmore //1976

This is a single platform station, immediately to the north of the Oykel Viaduct with a short timber portion at the south end. The station building is in a state of ruin. ...

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The fenced off wooden platform extension at the south end of Invershin station, looking out onto the Oykel Viaduct in September 2001. Below left is ...
John Furnevel 14/09/2001
One of the original lamp brackets still adorns the derelict station building at Invershin in July 2008. ...
John Gray 21/07/2008
Invershin station in September 2001, looking north towards Lairg. ...
John Furnevel 14/09/2001
Invershin with provision for bicycles, but not cars. The building belongs to the nearby house. ...
Ewan Crawford 13/03/2006

This is a two platform station on the Far North Line.
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A northbound 37418 'An Comunn Galdhealach' in the loop at Lairg seen from a the southbound working hauled by 37419. The level crossing can be seen in ...
Ewan Crawford 04/01/1989
The guard of a morning service on the far north line reboards his train at Lairg on 6 September 2001 before recommencing the onward journey to ...
John Furnevel 06/09/2001
Waiting shelter, Lairg. 16/10/06 ...
John Gray 16/10/2006
Derelict goods shed, Lairg, 16 October 2006. ...
John Gray 16/10/2006

This was a loop to break the Lairg - Rogart single track section of the Far North line. The loop had a signal box and was located by the level crossing which remains today. ...

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Looking east from the level crossing at the former Acheilidh Crossing. ...
Ewan Crawford //
West, but untimately southbound, train near the former Acheilidh Crossing. ...
Ewan Crawford //
Looking northwest over Strathfleet on an overcast 28 August 2007, with the 10.39 ScotRail service from Inverness to Wick & Thurso, which has just ...
John Furnevel 28/08/2007
The mid afternoon southbound ScotRail service on the far north line, having recently left Rogart heading for Lairg in the summer of 2007. [Ref query ...
John Furnevel 30/08/2007

This is a two platform station with a loop on the Far North line. Station buildings remain standing on the northbound platform. In the former goods yard there are camping coaches, on relaid sidings. The south signal box ('C' listed), now out of use and relocated further north to the northbound platform, survived until the introduction of RETB. The north box was east of the level crossing and has ...

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A 1989 view of Rogart south cabin at its original location west of the station. It closed in 1985 and was later relocated to the platform. ...
Ewan Crawford //1989
The new plaque at Rogart reads 'This plaque was unveiled by Lord Strathnaver to mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Sutherland Railway ...
John Yellowlees 13/04/2018
Golden rod at Rogart - a harbinger of Autumn. ...
John Yellowlees 17/08/2017
A plaque was unveiled today at Rogart to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Sutherland Railway. Seen here after the unveiling are ...
John Yellowlees 13/04/2018

Not to be confused with The Mound, Edinburgh!
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158702 southbound towards Inverness on 16 May about to go under the A9 at The Mound alongside the River Fleet. The train is the 1234 ScotRail service ...
Brian Smith 16/05/2015
In-between some very heavy showers 60163 Tornado skirts the edge of Loch Fleet, just north of The Mound, on 21 June 2015 with 'The Seaforth ...
John Gray 21/06/2015
The Mound seen from the trackbed of the Dornoch Light Railway in 1998. The station platform can be seen in the distant left. The 'mainline' is beyond ...
Ewan Crawford //1998
Southeast entrance to the former station at The Mound in August 2007. The far north line runs past on the right while the old platform for the Dornoch ...
John Furnevel 26/08/2007

This is a single platform station which retains its station building, now a house after spending several years derelict and at risk. There was a passing loop here but the northbound platform and line have been removed. The platforms were slightly staggered. Adjacent, and to the south, of the station was Golspie Shed. A goods yard was to the east of the station. A skew arch viaduct crossed the ...

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Approaching the station at Golspie, Sutherland, in August 2007. ...
John Furnevel 27/08/2007
Golspie goods shed still in use by the local coal merchant.16/10/06 ...
John Gray 16/10/2006
The station building at Golspie, seen from the forecourt on 27 August 2007. The date on the stone is 1868. The road bridge on the right carries the A9 ...
John Furnevel 27/08/2007
Golspie old station now a private house. 16/10/06 ...
John Gray 16/10/2006