Ben Alder Level Crossing: A view looking west of the Ben Alder Level Crossing, just south of Dalwhinnie station, in 2000.
Ewan Crawford //2000

Ben Alder Level Crossing

Location type

Name and dates

Ben Alder Level Crossing (1863-)

Opened on the Inverness and Perth Junction Railway.


This level crossing is south of Dalwhinnie station. A private road, which runs south west along the north shore of Loch Ericht into the Ben Alder Estate, crosses the double track line here.

The gates are currently (August 2021) locked and with CCTV coverage.

In addition to the road crossing gates there are small gates for pedestrians (formerly kissing gates). The crossing provides access to an extensive area of mountain, moor and loch which is popular with walkers, cyclists, climbers and others. Ben Alder itself is over 11 miles away as the crow flies.

To the south another estate road passes under the railway, a link from this running close to the dam on Loch Ericht to the estate road previously described.


Ben Alder Estate


Level Crossing


Dalwhinnie Level Crossing

News items

04/07/2023Network Rail is turning rural railway lines into 'impenetrable walls' [Strathspey and Badenoch Herald]
23/04/2023Your views: Network Rail is fly-tipping in our village car park [Strathspey and Badenoch Herald]
19/04/2023Campaigners urge Network Rail to meet them to find solution to Dalwhinnie level crossing row [Press and Journal]
27/01/2023Dalwhinnie campaigners fighting for their right of way [Strathspey and Badenoch Herald]
22/01/2023Rights of Way group pose questions for Network Rail over Dalwhinnie gates [Strathspey and Badenoch Herald]
08/01/2023Your views: Cairngorms National Park Authority chiefs must take action over Dalwhinnie crossing closure [Strathspey Herald]
30/12/2022More than 1000 cases of 'trespassing' at controversial Ben Alder rail crossing [Strathspey and Badenoch Herald]
27/10/2022Scottish Transport Minister urged to resolve Ben Alder level crossing controversy [Strathspey and Badenoch Herald]
26/09/2022Wiring error in signalling system caused Dalwhinnie train derailment, probe finds [STV]
26/09/2022Report 10/2022: Wrong side signalling failure and derailment at Dalwhinnie, Badenoch and Strathspey [RAIB]


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