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Far North Line train services to and from Inverness remain cancelled today with Network Rail beginning mass safety checks on rail tracks.
(Permalink) Aberdeen to Inverness Far North Line Highland Main Line Kyle Line Network Railway Safety checks Storm Gerrit

Bus replacement services are being organised from December 27, but these are still being sourced and passengers are advised to check their journeys.
(Permalink) Buses Flooding Garve Inverness Kyle Line Kyle of Lochalsh

Key railway improvements which could dramatically boost train reliability on Highland lines may not take place as soon as hoped, campaigners fear. [Clachnaharry to Clunes was formerly double track (doubled 1913-14 and singled 1966 with a loop at Lentran surviving until 1988). -RS]
(Permalink) Clachnaharry Delmore Far North Line Kyle Line Lentran Passing Loop

Lentran: 37417 photographed with a train at Lentran (closed June 1960) on a cold day in March 1986.
Ian Dinmore /03/1986

ScotRail has cited 'challenges keeping windows clean in more remote locations' after a Plockton passenger's disappointment.
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Work is ongoing to make the Wick and Kyle train lines safe after Storm Babet, with train commuters set for another day of disruption today.
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Some train services remain off on Sunday despite the end of a red weather warning for north-east Scotland.
(Permalink) Aberdeen Dundee Elgin Far North Line Fife Circle route Kyle Line

A question hangs over whether some Highland railways will return to normal for the start of the working week after Storm Babet's impact was revealed.
(Permalink) Kyle Line Lochluichart Storm Babet

The A890 will close overnight on Sunday, September 24 as Network Rail undertakes essential maintenance at Balnacra level crossing on the Kyle of Lochalsh line.
(Permalink) Balnacra Level Crossing Kyle Line

Balnacra Level Crossing: 158715 on a Kyle to Inverness service crosses the A890 at Balnacra between Strathcarron and Achnashellach. A railwaymen's halt was located here at one time but no public station.
Mark Bartlett 07/07/2012

News of the possible new passing loop has been hailed by campaigners, amid hopes it will boost train reliability on the Far North and Kyle lines.
(Permalink) Far North Line Kyle Line Lentran Passing loop

Lentran: The derelict station building on the former northbound platform of Lentran station, closed 1982.
Ewan Crawford 20/07/2004

Lentran: 37417 photographed with a train at Lentran (closed June 1960) on a cold day in March 1986.
Ian Dinmore /03/1986

ScotRail confirmed that it is assisting the emergency services who are dealing with an ongoing incident.
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ScotRail confirmed the tree had fallen on the line between Dingwall and Muir of Ord on Wednesday.
(Permalink) Dingwall Fallen tree Far North Line Kyle Line Muir of Ord

Kyle Station Museum will reopen to the public at Easter after a major refurbishment.

Located on the platform at Kyle of Lochalsh Railway Station, the museum tells the intertwined stories of Kyle Harbour, west coast fishing and the Kyle Line “ one of the worlds most scenic railway journeys.

A new exhibition gallery features fascinating historic photos, many of them by renowned Kyle photographer Duncan MacPherson (1882-1966). A video viewing 'carriage' has been created to show archive films associated with the railway, harbour and fishing.
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Kyle of Lochalsh: 26.026 leaves for Inverness. The dark Cuillins are the magnificent backdrop.
Brian Forbes 14/08/1983

A sinkhole on the railway line has suspended all services between Inverness and Kyle of Lochalsh.
(Permalink) Achnasheen Inverness Kyle Line Kyle of Lochalsh Sinkhole

Train commuters travelling to or from Inverness may face delays and disruption on two main lines today.
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Our heritage lies beneath our feet, and dealing with archaeology has become a significant element in infrastructure projects' timelines. Since the pioneering post-war rescue excavations in London which restored the Roman temple of Mithraes, archaeological work has gradually become a part of development procedures, written since the 1990s into law.
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Johnnie Cope^s Hole: The Battle of Prestonpans Memorial Tables on the former Tranent Waggonway.
John Yellowlees 20/09/2019

Cockenzie Harbour: A stone sleeper, part of a row exposed by excavations in 2017 by the 1722 Waggonway Heritage Group. A further dig on the route to Tranent is proposed.
Bill Roberton 16/02/2019

West Maitland Street: Engineers in Edinburgh's West Maitland Street on 11 April 2012 have unearthed this 'linear feature' - surely a part of the old tramway system - and are busy removing it. Not rails, as might appear, bu ...
Bill Roberton 11/04/2012

Five major railway lines in the north and north-east will be subject to speed restrictions following Met Office warnings for heavy rain and high winds.
(Permalink) Aberdeen to Dundee line Blair Atholl Far North Line Highland Main Line Kyle Line Pitlochry ScotRail Weather West Highland Line

It's mid-morning when two friends and I board the two-carriage diesel train from Inverness, manoeuvring our luggage into the overhead racks before sitting down.
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Duncraig: An eastbound service arrives at Duncraig (just off to the right) in 2013.
Ewan Crawford 26/04/2013

Achnasheen: Autumn sunshine illuminates First ScotRail 158708, seen here arriving at the westbound platform at Achnasheen in October 2009. The train is a morning service from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh.
John Furnevel 01/10/2009

Garve: 158708 on the level crossing over the A835 about to run into Garve station during a downpour on 1 October 2009. The train is the 1443 Kyle of Lochalsh - Inverness.
John Furnevel 01/10/2009

ScotRail has increased services on its north Highland routes in an attempt to help those struggling with the reduced timetable.
(Permalink) Far North Line Inverness Kyle Line Kyle of Lochalsh ScotRail Thurso Timetabling Wick

Wick: Wick station, actually located in Pulteney, seen from the approach road which crosses the river Wick from the main part of the Burgh of Wick.
Colin McDonald 24/05/2013

Kyle of Lochalsh: The station at Kyle of Lochalsh, the building redolent of WHR station design, with a DMU waiting to depart with a service to Inverness on 21 September.
Alistair MacKenzie 21/09/2011

Inverness: Motive power line up under the trainshed at Inverness in March 2009 comprising (L to R) 158702, 158731 and 158741. On the far left 170403 can partly be seen having arrived from Glasgow.
Mark Bartlett 30/03/2009

Passengers on the West Highland Line and the Far North Rail Line are raising concerns about lack of ScotRail trains to take them to hospital appointments in the cities.
(Permalink) ASLEF Driver shortage Far North Line Kyle Line Overtime Rest days ScotRail Timetabling West Highland Lines

Highland rail services are facing hours of delays due to heavy rain. ScotRail services to Kyle of Lochalsh and on the West Highland Line to Oban and Fort William and Mallaig are among those experiencing disruption on Monday amidst the forecast.
(Permalink) Fort William Kyle Line Kyle of Lochalsh Mallaig Oban Rain ScotRail Speed restrictions West Highland Lines

ScotRail has announced that several services in the Highlands will be cancelled due to expected high winds on December 13.
(Permalink) Cancellations Far North Line Kyle Line ScotRail Weather

Passengers have been told to expect travel delays as speed restrictions are put in place on certain Highland train routes.
(Permalink) Glenfinnan Kyle Line Kyle of Lochalsh Loch Awe Lochailort Rain Speed restrictions Stromeferry Taynuilt Weather West Highland Lines

Lochailort: Damage at a remote location near Lochailort station.
Network Rail /06/2020

A KEY Wester Ross road is to be closed for an entire weekend early next month, to allow vital level crossing repairs to be carried out.
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Balnacra Level Crossing: 158715 on a Kyle to Inverness service crosses the A890 at Balnacra between Strathcarron and Achnashellach. A railwaymen's halt was located here at one time but no public station.
Mark Bartlett 07/07/2012

Snow and strong winds has sparked major rail disruption on some Highland railway lines, ScotRail has confirmed.
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Heavy downpour overnight is impacting rail services in the Highlands.
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Rail passengers in the Highlands were facing a third day of disruption on Tuesday after sustained rainfall sparked further cancellations and delays.
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Rail passengers in the Highlands have been warned to expect disruption today after several trains were cancelled amid a yellow weather warning.
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Rail passengers on the Kyle line were facing disruption on Wednesday after two trains were cancelled between Inverness and Kyle of Lochalsh.
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A landslip just west of Dingwall has closed the Kyle rail line for the rest of the day, ScotRail has warned. [Journeycheck: Due to a landslip between Dingwall and Garve all lines are closed. Disruption is expected until the end of the day on 09/12/20.]
(Permalink) Dingwall Dingwall and Skye Railway Garve Kyle Line Landslip

Rail passengers are being warned of added speed restrictions on Kyle Line services ahead of more rain and strong winds tonight and tomorrow.
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Rail passengers are being warned of plans to reduce speed limits on the Kyle line during forecast rain later this week.
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A number of rail services in the Highlands will face delays today after a speed restriction was put in place on the line. It means services to and from Inverness and Kyle of Lochalsh will be delayed this morning.
(Permalink) Flooding Kyle Line

Firefighters have been called to the railway line near Stromeferry following reports of a car on the track.
(Permalink) Car on line Dingwall and Skye Railway Kyle Line Stromeferry

A Royal visitor was spotted travelling on a Ross-shire railway this week “ but they were perhaps not quite what you'd expect.
(Permalink) Dingwall and Skye Railway Kyle Line Royal Saloon

Commitment to decarbonise passenger rail services by 2035. Plans to decarbonise Scotland's rail passenger services by 2035 have been launched by Transport Secretary Michael Matheson today.

Railscot note - PDF page 8 shows electrification of lines by 2035:

- Glasgow - Aberdeen - Inverurie

- All lines in Fife including Levenmouth

- Highland Main Line

- Borders line

- Glasgow - Barrhead - Dumfries - Carlisle

- East Kilbride

- Kilmarnock - Ayr

- Anniesland - Maryhill

Partial electrification or alternative technology:

- Ayr- Girvan

- Inverurie - Inverness - Tain

Battery or alternative technology:

- West Highland Lines

- Far North Line

- Kyle Line

- Girvan - Stranraer
(Permalink) Aberdeen Barrhead Battery train Borders line Dumfries East Kilbride Electrification Far North Line Fife Girvan Highland Main Line Inverurie Kilmarnock Kyle Line Levenmouth Maryhill Stranraer Tain West Highland Lines

Scotland: Transport Scotland - Rail Services Decarbonisation Action Plan for 2035. Lines shown in red are to be electrified. Those in yellow to be alternative traction, possibly prior to electrification. Those ...
Transport Scotland 28/07/2020

A close ally of Jeremy Corbyn who is helping to lead Labour general election campaign has been ridiculed after suggesting he likes to travel by train to the Northern Isles.
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A landslide at Garve is expected to cause disruption to rail and road journeys between Inverness and the west coast today.
Rail services between Inverness and Kyle of Lochalsh have been cancelled after the landslip at around 6am. It is understood that around 50 tonnes of earth were moved during the incident.
The main A835 Tore to Ullapool road was also blocked in both directions by the same landslide.
(Permalink) Garve Kyle Line Landslide

Garve: DRS 37607 and 37218 pile on the power as they start the climb out of Garve over the level crossing on 4 April 2015 with the 1Z69 Pathfinder Tour to Kyle of Lochalsh.
John Gray 04/04/2015

Garve: 26024 arrives at Garve with a Kyle - Inverness train on 25 September 1982. Waiting to head west is Black 5 no 5025 with the Scottish Steam Railtours Group Raven's Rock Express.
John Robin 25/09/1982

Garve: 158708 on the level crossing over the A835 about to run into Garve station during a downpour on 1 October 2009. The train is the 1443 Kyle of Lochalsh - Inverness.
John Furnevel 01/10/2009

The Ayr to Stranraer line is the best performing rural railway line in Scotland.
And that's official following the release of figures by the Office of Rail Regulation that show passenger numbers on the Stranraer line increased dramatically in 2012/13 and are nearly up to the level reached when ferry services operated out of the town.
The number of passenger journeys is up a staggering 14.4% and the 60-mile line to Stranraer has outperformed the West Highland Line to Fort William, the West Highand line extension to Mallaig, the Kyle of Lochalsh line, the Oban line and the Far North line to Wick and Thurso. Indeed all the Highland lines saw a reduction in passenger numbers last year except the Far North line which returned growth figures of 0.6%.
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Stranraer: The 12.36 service to Glasgow Central waits to leave Stranraer Harbour on 24 May 2012.
Colin Miller 24/05/2012

Maybole: A southbound train pulls away from a colourful Maybole station and heads for Girvan on the last day of May 2007.
John Furnevel 31/05/2007

Girvan: The immaculate interior of the waiting room at Girvan, Scotland's only art deco station, seen on 3 June. Even the ceiling is glossy. The more modern seating is unfortunately not sympathetic, though pr ...
David Panton 03/06/2010

IT IS known as the idyllic Highland village to which tourists make a beeline and where the BBC drama Hamish Macbeth was set.
However, the reputation of the west coast settlement has been bismirched by loitering and litter-dropping school pupils at its railway station, which have triggered a deluge of complaints to community leaders.
The station is on the Inverness-Kyle of Lochalsh line that Michael Palin has hailed as one of the world’s greatest railway journeys.
Now British Transport Police (BTP) have moved to stamp out the anti-social behaviour by enlisting youngsters from Plockton High School, which adjoins the station, to help with its upkeep by looking after its plants and picking up litter.
In a ceremony today, a plaque was unveiled by Highlands MSP Jean Urquhart to mark the station being “adopted” by a committee of pupils.

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Plockton: In a ceremony at Plockton station a plaque was unveiled by Highlands MSP Jean Urquhart to mark the station being 'adopted' by a committee of pupils from Plockton High School.
John Yellowlees 26/04/2013

Plockton: Celebrations at Plockton station on 26 April 2013 in connection with the adoption of the station by pupils of nearby Plockton High School - see adjacent news item.
John Yellowlees 26/04/2013

Road traffic could be allowed to travel along railway tracks to avoid an area where landslides have closed a road for more than two weeks.

Highland Council said it was an option being considered for the section of A890 Lochcarron to Kyle road.

In October 1990, traffic was allowed onto the nearby railway line after rockfalls in the same area.

The method uses railway sleepers and would end the need for motorists to make a 140 mile (225km) diversion.

Network Rail said it was looking at the possibility of allowing traffic onto the line again.

(Permalink) Kyle Line Landslide Network Rail Rockfall Stromeferry

Avalanche Shelter: Rock falls are an ever present hazard on parts of the Kyle line. Along the shore of Loch Carron, between Attadale and Ardnarff, a particularly bad fall on 16 November 1969 resulted in closure of the ...
John Furnevel 29/09/2009

Avalanche Shelter: A class 26 hauled train heading west towards Kyle of Lochalsh in the early 1970s about to enter the Loch Carron avalanche shelter. Located to the south west of Attadale station, the shelter was constr ...
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) //

Stromeferry: View west over the new alignment of the railway to the east of Stromeferry station in February 2002, just prior to tracklaying in the aftermath of the mudslide. The original course was very slightly c ...
Ewan Crawford 10/02/2002

The future of 22 rural train stations used by only a handful of passengers every week is under threat after Network Rail said the facilities were 'driving up' the cost of running Scotland's railway.

An industry report highlighted the 'low footfall' stations, the majority of which are in the Highlands, including six which attract an average of one passenger for every 10 trains - or even fewer - that pass through them.

The findings will heap pressure on the Scottish Government to reconsider their future when setting out its funding priorities next summer for the period between 2015 and 2019.

Network Rail, which owns and operates the UK's track and signals, said it was not always apparent the stations were providing a 'valuable social link' for the high level of subsidy they required.

Stations with low footfall have a high ratio of cost per passenger. This drives up the costs of operating trains on these lines

A spokesman for the company said: 'Stations with low footfall have a high ratio of cost per passenger use. These stations drive up the costs of operating trains on these lines.

'It is Network Rail's role to highlight these cost drivers to the government and wider industry for consideration.'

The report, the Initial Investment Plan for Scotland, called for cost-saving to lower the '700m annual taxpayer support for running the rail network north of the border.

Of the 22 low-footfall stations, five are on the West Highland Line to Oban and Mallaig, six on the Far North Line connecting Inverness to Wick and Thurso and six on the line from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh.

But they also include a number of stations on busier routes such as Breich on the Glasgow Central to Edinburgh line and Springfield in Fife. Barry Links in Angus, which has only one train in each direction every day, had the lowest footfall of any Scottish station, with just 90 passengers a year, while its neighbouring station, Golf Street, had 190.

Many of the stations in the Highlands are request stops at which trains do not stop unless signalled by a passenger on board a train or at a platform.

But the low number of passengers meant the ticket revenue was not even enough to pay for the fuel used by stopping a train and then accelerating out of the station, the IIP report found.

The report also highlighted the Girvan to Stranraer line, which it found has only 11 passengers per train, a figure it said was likely to diminish with the closure of Stranraer ferry terminal.

By contrast, Edinburgh to Glasgow provides more than one-quarter of ScotRail's revenue and journeys. One-third of the Strathclyde population used a train in the past month, compared with only 11% in the Highlands and North-east, where people are far more dependent on the car.

A spokesman for Transport Scotland, which funds the Scottish rail network and is responsible for the ScotRail franchise, would only say that delivering a 'lower cost railway' would be central when it came to specifying funding priorities.

Previous attempts to close low-use stations have failed after protests by local communities who claimed they provided an important social link. A similar IIP report produced in 2006 called for a number of stations to be closed but the recommendations were rejected by the then Scottish Executive.

However, industry analysts said there was now greater pressure on the UK and Scottish governments to achieve cost savings given the squeeze on public finances and recent findings that Britain's railway costs around 30% more to run than similar European railways.

ScotRail, which operates 95% of passenger trains in Scotland, said low-use stations went back to the days of British Rail and were inherited when it was awarded the franchise in 2004.

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INITIAL findings of a project to explore the archaeology of the Inverness-Kyle of Lochalsh line are now on display at Kyle of Lochalsh and Achnasheen.

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Strathcarron: Trains crossing at Strathcarron station following a shower of rain in the summer of 1974. Approaching the camera is a Class 26 hauled service from Kyle of Lochalsh bound for Inverness.
David Spaven //1974

Query4854: Black 5s under the wires - where and when? [Added 9 May 2013]
Notes and Queries //

Achnasheen: Kyle line trains, hauled by BRCW Type 2 Class 26 locos, cross at Achnasheen in the summer of 1972. View from the Kyle bound train as the driver of the Inverness working hands over the single line toke ...
David Hindle //1972

On Thursday 8th of April Peter Ovenstone, Chairman of the Railway Heritage Committee, presented the painting “Kyles of Bute” to Sam Galbraith, Chairman of Trustees of the Scottish Maritime Museum.
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Irvine Harbour: Peter Ovenstone, Chairman of the Railway Heritage Committee presents the painting Kyles of Bute by Alasdair MacFarlane, on behalf of owner BRB (Residuary) Ltd to Sam Galbraith, chairman of trustees a ...
Scottish Maritime Museum 08/04/2010

Some preliminary info on the forthcoming North Briton railtour
supplied by Brian Forbes –
updates will be added as and when available...

Sat 12 April
d Kings Cross 0648 to York (loco 60019)
d York 1346 to Edinburgh (loco 71000)

Sun 13 April
tba Edinburgh/Perth/Dundee/Perth (loco 60009)
Perth to Inverness (locos 60009 & 45407)

Mon 14 April
d Inverness 0625 to Kyle (loco 45407)

Tue 15 April
d Inverness 0900 to Perth (locos 45407 & 60009)
d Perth 1300 to Glasgow Central (loco 60009)

Wed 16 April
d Glasgow C 0620 to KX (via WCML) (loco 71000)

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Network Rail is warning that will take more than a week to clear debris from a track in the Highlands. Heavy rain on Wednesday caused five separate landslips along a 20-mile (32km) stretch of track between Strathcarron and Achnasheen.
(Permalink) Achnasheen Kyle Line Landslide Network Rail Strathcarron

Achnasheen: A westbound train to Kyle of Lochalsh arrives at Achnasheen as the signalman collects the single line token in April 1979.
John McIntyre /04/1979

Achnasheen: After its overnight journey from Euston, the LCGB's weekend 'Skyewayman' railtour to Kyle of Lochalsh is seen here during a leg-streching stop at Achnasheen, on the Kyle line proper, while waiting for ...
David Bosher 06/04/1974

Achnasheen: Looking west to Achnasheen station in 1973.
Bill Roberton //1973

An investigation is launched after an Inverness to Kyle train hits a car on a level crossing at Dingwall. The incident happened at the crossing on the A862 Newton Road, Dingwall, at about 1130 GMT on Tuesday.
(Permalink) Crash Dingwall Dingwall Middle LC Dingwall and Skye Railway Kyle Line Level crossing


Both the Kyle and Dumfries to Carlisle lines have re-opened following the severe weather a week ago.
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Very stong winds and rain impacted on most of Scotland's rail services in this period. The heaviest rain since 1822 fell in Carlisle causing widespread flooding when the River Eden burst its banks, a P&O ferry was blown onto the shore at Cairnryan and passengers and crew spent 30 hours aboard before re-floating. The Highland Main line was closed repeatedly due to flooding at Dalguise and Kingussie. Both the Forth and Tay bridges were closed. On the 12th the entire ScotRail network was closed as winds gusts reached 124mph. Routes were re-opened once proved safe. The Edinburgh - Glasgow line re-opened at 0715 with trains running at a restricted 50mph. Most lines re-opened although the Glasgow-Paisley line closed with an overhead line fault at Ibrox. The Highland Main Line, Carlisle-Lockerbie/Dumfries, Mallaig, Kyle and Wick lines remained closed. The front cover of the Scotsman featured a spectacular photograph of a train being engulfed by a wave at Saltcoats. The Highland Main Line re-opened on the 13th.
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The Highland Rail Partnership was formed in 1997 to promote development of the Highland rail network for passenger, freight and heritage business. Successes have included winter Sunday trains to Wick and Kyle, an extended season for summer weekend trains to Oban and Mallaig, reopening of Beauly Station, the Safeway Flier to Inverness and Georgemas, return of oil deliveries to rail at Fort William and Lairg, lineside timber-loading at Kinbrace and 'The Jacobite' which is Britain's only daily mainline steam operation.
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A memorial seat to Frank Spaven was unveiled at Inverness Station prior to a meeting of the Highland Rail Partnership. Frank Spaven was the first head of planning at the Highlands and Islands Development Board and was instrumental in the saving of the Far North and Kyle lines from Inverness.
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Michael Peason's latest book in the "Iron Road" series has been launched. This volume covers the lines from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh, Thurso and Wick.
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The railway bridge over Shore Road in Inverness was damaged and track slewed at 0600 on the 4th by an excavator on the back of a truck. Shore Road runs down the east side of the River Ness. The Inverness to Kyle and Inverness to Thurso and Wick lines were closed between Dingwall and Inverness, buses operating between Dingwall and Inverness.
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ScotRail's summer timetable (2 June to 28 September) is now available. It is available in two books; ScotRail services and connections excluding Strathclyde, ScotRail services covering Strathclyde.

The following routes continue to see a reduced timetable while a backlog of driver training is made up in the aftermath of the dispute :

Edinburgh-Glasgow (half-hourly plus extras in peak hours)

Glasgow North Bank (evening timetable)

Argyle Line (no services to Coatbridge Central)

Maryhill (hourly)

Barrhead (locals hourly)

West Calder (two Edinburgh-Glasgow trains each way don't run east of Shotts, there are no weekday terminators from Edinburgh)

Cowdenbeath (hourly daytime terminators suspended)

There are the following innovations :

Edinburgh Crossrail with new stations at Brunstane and Newcraighall - runs across Edinburgh from Bathgate to Newcraighall to Dunblane

Full Class 322 timetable to North Berwick with twice-daily services each way from/to Glasgow Central High Level

Additional services at 0809 from Prestonpans and 0737 from West Calder to Edinburgh

Sunday evening service to/from East Kilbride extended to weekday last train times

Far North/Kyle Sunday trains retimed to improve connections

Other Train Operating Company changes effecting Scotland include :

GNER 1900 Kings Cross-Edinburgh terminates Newcastle FX and 2300 Edinburgh-Newcastle withdrawn. Kings Cross-Glasgow services stepped back to allow longer turnround time, some call additionally at Haymarket

Arriva Trains Northern reinstate 0947 Leeds-Glasgow and 1410 return

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A mudslide on the Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness line blocks the line and damages a train. The section between Strathcarron and Kyle of Lochalsh has been closed while Railtrack plan a new causeway to circumvent the danger. A replacement bus service is operating.
(Permalink) Kyle Line Railtrack landslide mudslide

Work to build a new £200,000 Beauly station begins. The station will be served by trains from Kyle of Lochalsh, Thurso and Wick to Inverness. Journey time to Inverness will be 15 minutes. The station facilities will include a 15 metre long single platform (allowing access for disabled passengers and cyclists), a shelter, car park, lighting and public telephone access to train running information. The station will be built by Glasgow based First Engineering.

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The Strategic Rail Authority announced a £84k award of Rail Passenger Partnership funding to Highland Rail Developments towards the £200k cost of reopening Beauly Station (which closed 13 June 1960) from the start of the winter 20001/2 timetable as a very short platform alongside which the two centre doors of a Class 158 will open.

Chris Austin of the SRA and Charles Kennedy MP were photographed afterwards standing on the old platform with the 1152 Kyle of Lochalsh to Edinburgh posing alongside them.
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An exhibition of the Far North and Kyle lines on the SCAN (Scottish Archive Network) website. Photographs by National Railway Museum photographers and text.
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KML version