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Altnabreac (1874-)

Station code: ABC National Rail ScotRail
Where: Highland, Scotland
Opened on the Sutherland and Caithness Railway.
Open on the Far North Line.


This is a one platform station on the Far North Line with a permanent way siding to the south on the east side of the line, the former goods yard.

The local population was very low when the station opened. It was largely developed as a passing place equipped with a water tank for locomotives.

This was a two platform station with a passing loop. The main station building was on the southbound platform with a waiting room on the northbound platform.

In addition to the goods siding there were gravel sidings to the south, on the west side, and a short siding at the north end on the west side. Both were approached from the north and the goods yard from the south.

There were two signal boxes, both opened in 1894. The south box was on the west side of the south end of the loop with the gravel sidings to the west. The north box was on the east side at the north end of the loop. Due to possible drifting snow in Winter, this being a very exposed location on high moorland, this was a location where signal wires were mounted on poles.

The northbound loop was removed in 1966 and the boxes closed. The northbound platform remains but is out of use, although it still features the base of the water tank at the north end, west side. There were water columns on both platforms.

A station building/stationmaster^s house exists on the southbound platform, in use as a house. A felled water column lies at the south end and there are remains of tablet catchers. There is a short permanent way siding.

County March Summit [Sutherland and Caithness] is to the south west on the line south. Going south west from the station the land grows more remote with few roads, even dirt roads. The line crosses moorland, the Flow Country, to reach Forsinard.


Lochdhu Lodge is to the south east of the station. For a time this was a (somewhat remote) hotel but has reverted to private ownership. Building materials for the lodge were transported by rail.



External links

Canmore site record
NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67


Gaelic name: Allt nam Breac

Nearby stations
Georgemas Junction
Parkside Halt
Claiseag Railway Cottage
County March Summit [Sutherland and Caithness]
Limeside Railway Cottage
Balloch Railway Cottage
Olgrinbeg Peat Powerstation (here?)
Georgemas Snowblower
Georgemas Trolley Shed
Kinbrace Timber Loading
Dounreay Power Station
Old Kinbrace Railway Cottage
Carbuie Railway Cottage
Lochdhu Lodge
Loch an Ruathair
Cnoc Freiceadain Long Cairns
St Mary^s Chapel Crosskirk
Location names in dark blue are on the same original line.


28/07/1874Sutherland and Caithness Railway
Line opened from Helmsdale (Duke of Sutherland's Railway) to Wick with stations at Salzcraggie (Private), Kildonan, Kinbrace, Forsinard, Altnabreac, Scotscalder, Halkirk, Georgemas Junction, Hoy, Thurso, Bower, Watten, Bilbster and Wick.


Highland Survivor