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Brora (1870-)

Station code: BRA National Rail ScotRail
Where: Highland, Scotland
Opened on the Duke of Sutherland's Railway.
Opened on the Brora Mine Waggonway.
Open on the Far North Line.


This is a two platform station on the Far North Line with a passing loop and a car park.

The original station, on the same site, was much smaller. There was only one platform, on the west (town) side, and a goods shed to the north. The Duke of Sutherland kept his first locomotive named 'Dunrobin' here.

A loop was added and the southbound platform. The station building stands on the northbound platform. The building dates from 1895 and was designed by William Roberts.

A goods shed, in poor condition, remains to the north. There is a goods yard siding, now used for permanent way trains, to the north on the west side of the line. This had the tippler for the short Brora Mine Waggonway west to Brora Mine, a coal mine which, unusually, was not located in the Central Belt. There was also a brick works and traffic from Sutherland Mills (woollen mills) brought to the station by the waggonway.

The Sutherland Mills were originally built as the Duke of Sutherland's Railway Workshops, including repair shops and even an erecting shop. These closed in 1890, becoming the woollen mills.

The disused goods shed still stands just to the north of the northbound platform.

There were two signal boxes. The north box was on the east side of the line, opposite the goods yard. The south box was on the southbound platform towards its south end. Both boxes were replaced with RETB based at Dingwall in 1985.

The line crosses Brora Viaduct to the immediate south of the station.

It is hoped that the station building will be renovated to become a micro gin distillery, café bar, tourist information point and gift shop.

The station hotel was on the east side of the passenger station, but has not survived.



External links

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

Nearby stations
Dunrobin Castle
The Mound
West Helmsdale
Cambusavie Platform
Brora Viaduct
Sutherland Mills
Brora Mine
Dunrobin Carriage Shed
Golspie Burn Viaduct
Golspie Shed
Brora Harbour
Clynelish Distillery
Uppat House
Carn Liath Broch
Dunrobin Castle [Castle]
Duke of Sutherland Monument
Kilearnan Hill
Portgower Station Level Crossing
Loch Fleet
Location names in dark blue are on the same original line.

'Dunrobin' [1st]

The Duke of Sutherland's locomotive 'Dunrobin' was shedded here. When he purchased a larger locomotive a new shed was built, Golspie Shed.

Chronology Dates

29/06/1865Sutherland Railway
Sutherland Railway receives act to build a line from Bonar Bridge to Brora.
20/06/1870Duke of Sutherlands Railway
Duke of Sutherland's Railway receives Act to build from Golspie to Brora and Brora to Helmsdale. Construction began before the Act was passed.

News items

02/11/2023Rail chaos between Inverness and Wick to stretch into next week [John O Groat Journal]
01/11/2023Repairs on Far North Line set to cause major disruption on trains between Inverness and Wick [John O Groat Journal]
01/11/2023Network Rail to undertake urgent seawall repairs on Far North Line [Network Rail]
17/02/2021Battle to clear railway snow drifts could be won today, ScotRail hopes [Inverness Courier]
16/02/2021Snow drifts continue to bring railway misery on Highland routes [Inverness Courier]
15/02/2021Snow drifts up to 50 metres long bury railway lines [Inverness Courier]
02/11/2019Heavy flooding forces closure of Highland railway line [Press and Journal]
10/03/2013A9 closed at Portgower due to fallen crane on railway line [BBC News]
24/08/2011Train wagons 'jumped' at level crossing in Sutherland [BBC News]


Highland Survivor