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Scotscalder (1874-)

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


This is a one platform (the former northbound platform) station on the Far North Line. The main station building still stands on the platform and there is a small car park.

This was a two platform station was a passing loop. The southbound line is lifted and the platform is out of use.

The goods yard consisted of a single siding. It was to the west of the remaining platform and approached from the east, serving a loading bank.

There were two signal boxes. The south box was at the west ennd of the station, on the south side of the line. The north box was on the north side of the line, beyond the road bridge crossing the east end of the station and on the extreme east end of the northbound platform. The boxes opened around 1894.

The signal boxes closed in 1964 and the loop was removed

There was a snowblower to the east of the station at the east end of the loop - fences laid in a V formation with the track at the apex - the movement of wind over the structure keeping the line clear of snow. The Highland Railway built these at locations particularly subject to drifting snow where traditional snow fences (palisades of sleepers, sometimes two rows deep) were insufficient.


Station snowblower

External links

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

Nearby stations
Georgemas Junction
Parkside Halt
Welsh^s Crossing Halt
Balloch Railway Cottage
Olgrinbeg Peat Powerstation (here?)
River Thurso Viaduct [Halkirk]
Georgemas Snowblower
Georgemas Trolley Shed
Spittal Mains Quarry
River Thurso Viaduct [Todholes]
Thurso Shed
Claiseag Railway Cottage
Scrabster Harbour
Cnoc Freiceadain Long Cairns
North Coast Visitors Centre
Thurso Bay
Loch Watten
Lochdhu Lodge
Location names in dark blue are on the same original line.

Chronology Dates

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.

News items

24/11/2022Revealed: New figures show Scotland's most and least used railway stations [The Scotsman]
09/08/2022First request-stop kiosk goes on trial on Far North Line [Network Rail]
28/12/2021Waving good-bye to hand-signal stops on Far North Line [Network Rail]
28/12/2021Wave goodbye to quirky hand signal stops across Scottish Highland stations [Scotsman]
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]


Highland Survivor