Achterneed

Location type

Station

Names and dates

Strathpeffer [1st] (1870-1885)
Achterneed (1885-1964)

Note: text in square brackets is added for clarity and was not part of the location's name.

Station code: National Rail
Opened on the Dingwall and Skye Railway.

Description

This was the first station to serve Strathpeffer, just under two miles to the south. It was inconveniently located away from the town and up a hill due to local opposition (largely Sir William Mackenzie, 9th Baronet of Coul House) to taking the line through the town.

From 1885 the town was served by Strathpeffer [2nd], the terminus of a branch and actually located in the town, and this station was renamed Achterneed.

The station had two platforms and a loop which was crossed by a level crossing to the west of the platforms. The main station building was on the westbound platform.

There was a goods siding to the west of the crossing, on the north side, accessed by reversal from the eastbound line.

Due to the falling gradient from the east end of the station dropping down to Fodderty Junction there was a sand drag at the east end of the eastbound platform.

The signal box was to the east of the waiting room on the eastbound platform. It opened in 1893 and was replaced in 1923.

The station officially closed in 1964 but anecdotal evidence suggests it remained in use for much longer.

The box survived until 1966 when the loop closed. The closure date of the station is unknown.

Little remains of the station save the railway cottages which were above the station and are now private houses.

Raven Rock Summit is to the west and Fodderty Junction was to the east.

Tags

Station

External links

NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67
NLS Map



Books


Highland Railway: People and Places - From the Inverness and Nairn Railway to Scotrail

History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands: Skye Railway v. 5

Insider Rail Guide: Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh (The Insider Rail Guide)

OS Explorer Map (428) Kyle of Lochalsh, Plockton and Applecross (OS Explorer Active Map)

Rails to Kyle of Lochalsh: Story of the Dingwall and Skye Railway Including the Strathpeffer Branch (Oakwood Library of Railway History)

The Dingwall & Skye Railway: A Pictorial Record of the Line to Kyle of Lochalsh

The Highland Railway

The Highland Railway : The History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands - Vol 2

The Kyle Line: An Illustrated History and Guide

The Kyle of Lochalsh and Far North Lines

The Kyle of Lochalsh Line: Great Railway Journeys Through Time