Georgemas Junction

Location type

Station


Name and dates

Georgemas Junction (1874-)

Opened on the Sutherland and Caithness Railway.

Open on the Far North Line.


Description

'The Georgemas' is the furthest north junction in Britain and is also a station. Here the lines to Wick and Thurso (accessed by reversal for a train from the south) divide. The station building remains standing, the ground floor formerly having been the offices and upper floor staff accommodation.

Only one platform now remains in use, the southbound platform having been removed to facilitate installation of a crane for loading nuclear material from Dounreay. The footbridge has also been removed. The northbound platform formerly extended partly down the Thurso branch, (cut back in the 1980s when the platform was extended in the Wick direction) and there was a bay platform for Thurso, out of use and trackless.

The southbound platform was an island platform, the outer face being accessed from the south an leading to sidings on the south side of the line, east of the station. These sidings have been used to unload pipes and load refrigerators in containers in recent years. It seems odd to have removed the southbound platform when these sidings exist with space to expand and lay further sidings.

In the V of the junction was the signal box and turntable, the pit of which remains, somewhat overground. To the south of the station, heading for Inverness was a trolley shed, served from the sidings, and, beyond that, a snow blower.


Tags

Station Junction