Wick and Lybster Light Railway

Introduction

This light railway is closed. The line ran south from Wick to the terminus at Lybster.

The nearest passenger services are provided by ScotRail between Wick, Thurso and Inverness.






Dates

  /  /1899[Wick and Lybster Light Railway]
Wick and Lybster Light Railway authorised.
01/07/1903[Wick and Lybster Light Railway]
Line opened from Wick ([Sutherland and Caithness Railway]) to Lybster.
01/01/1923Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Arbroath and Forfar Railway
Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
Caledonian Railway
Glasgow and South Western Railway
Callander and Oban Railway
Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway
Highland Railway
Cathcart District Railway
Killin Railway
Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Portpatrick and Wigtownshire Joint Committee
Brechin and Edzell District Railway
Dornoch Light Railway
Wick and Lybster Light Railway
Grouped into London, Midland and Scottish Railway.
03/04/1944[Wick and Lybster Light Railway]
Lybster to Wick closed to all traffic (temporary, but final closure)
01/02/1951[Wick and Lybster Light Railway]
Lybster to Wick; official closure date (already closed by April 1944)

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This is the end of the Far North line from Inverness, the most distant station from the rest of the network. The furthest north station is Thurso.
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First ScotRail 158722, snug in its little house, waits to depart with the first afternoon train to Inverness. ...
Colin McDonald 24/05/2013
New cycle hoops at Wick. ...
First ScotRail //2006
0802 leaving Wick for Inverness. ...
John Yellowlees 01/07/2016
Wick station, actually located in Pulteney, seen from the approach road which crosses the river Wick from the main part of the Burgh of Wick. ...
Colin McDonald 24/05/2013

This station stood alongside the A99. The station building backs onto the A road. The platform was on the east side of the line. There was a goods siding to the south, approached by a reversing spur parallel with the platform line.
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A plaque was unveiled at Thrumster on the 21st of August to celebrate an award from the National Railway Heritage Awards for the former station's ...
John Yellowlees 21/08/2018
Ian Giles collects the Stagecoach Volunteers Award at the National Railway Heritage Association for the restoration of Thrumster station. 6th ...
John Yellowlees 06/12/2017
A photograph of the ticket office window at the restored Thrumster Station, which closed in 1944. ...
John Yellowlees 17/08/2017
Virtually a recreation of the opening photograph of Thrumster station. This photograph was taken on the occasion of a plaque unveiling on 21 August ...
John Yellowlees 21/08/2018

The halt has disappeared although the trackbed formation is still visible. The halt was at Whiteleen, to the north of an occupational crossing for Lyntone Cottage. ...

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This was a single platform station. The platform was on the east side of the line with a building typical of the line, such as that preserved at Thrumster.
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Looking north at the former Ulbster station. ...
Ewan Crawford //
The modified station building at Ulbster on 28 August. ...
John Furnevel /8/2007
View north along the platform remains at Ulbster on 28 August. The station building stands in the background. ...
John Furnevel 28/8/2007

This was a single platform station. The platform was on the east side of the line. North of the station were three sidings and a loading bank, all on the east side of the line and served from the south alongside the station.
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Looking north at the former Mid Clyth station. ...
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The former station at Mid Clyth (closed April 1944), on the Wick and Lybster Light Railway, photographed in August 2007. A descendant of the original ...
John Furnevel 28/08/2007

This halt was about three miles south east of Roster. A railway cottage remains to the north of the line, on the west side of the level crossing. ...

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Looking south at the former Roster Road Halt. ...
Ewan Crawford //

This was a single platform station. The platform was on the south side of the line with a goods siding to the south approached by a reversing siding at the east end.
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Looking east at the former Occumster level crossing. The station was in the distance. ...
Ewan Crawford //
A former crossing keeper's cottage west of Occumster on 28 August 2007. Much of the surrounding area has now been agriculturally landscaped. ...
John Furnevel 28/8/2007

This was a halt where the line crossed the A99 to the north of Lybster. A railway cottage remains here on the north side of the road, east side of the former line. ...

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Looking north at the former Parkside Halt. ...
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This was the southern terminus of the single track line from Wick. It was a one platform station with a generously sized goods yard. It was in the northern part of Lybster. Lybster Harbour was once a busy fishing port established by the British Fisheries Society but suffered with the collapse of over-fishing of herring around 1900.
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Lybster goods shed in 1998 looking to the buffers. This building has been demolished but the terminus, now a golf club building, remains - this is out ...
Ewan Crawford //1998
View north towards Wick from the former Lybster station on 28 August 2007 where the old station building has now been put to good use as the clubhouse ...
John Furnevel 28/8/2007
Lybster goods shed, looking east. ...
Ewan Crawford //
Approaching the Lybster terminus of the Wick and Lybster Light Railway on 28 August. The former station building still stands along with partial ...
John Furnevel 28/8/2007