Highland Main Line

Introduction

The Highland Main Line runs from Perth to Inverness. It is largely single track with double track portions.



Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This is a superb major station with a tudor styled building by William Tite and large glazed trainshed situated on the western edge of the Perth town centre. To the south lines from Glasgow Queen Street High Level and Edinburgh Waverley meet at Hilton Junction and in the station lines north to Inverness and north east to Dundee and Aberdeen divide. Today it is an eight ...

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Scottish Midland Junction Railway
Scottish Central Railway
Dundee and Perth Railway
View from the Highland Chieftain as it is dispatched northward in June 2016. A group of enthusiast passengers on board are enjoying a leisure trip ...
Colin McDonald 04/06/2016
Perth station is a bit of a museum, and long may it continue. This specimen is from the BR corporate era. The 'buffet' would then have been the ...
David Panton 18/12/2019
Mid-day at Perth on a summer Saturday in 1955. Nearest the camera is Haymarket A4 Pacific 60004 William Whitelaw with an express for Edinburgh ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 16/04/1955
A Railway Heritage Trust plaque was unveiled today by Bill Reeve of Transport Scotland at Perth Station on the northern block which has been ...
John Yellowlees 20/01/2020
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This is a two platform station which for originally the terminus of the line from Stanley Junction before the Inverness and Perth Junction Railway extended the line north to Inverness via Forres.
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Perth and Dunkeld Railway
Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
A step up for Dunkeld. ...
John Yellowlees 30/05/2019
Loop Platform 2 at Dunkeld is used only to allow passing, as here when a Glasgow to Inverness service waits an Edinburgh-bound to arrive and allow it ...
David Panton 05/10/2016
Recently applied plaque at Dunkeld & Birnam in November 2018. This is one of a number dotted over the locality. Signs to the station itself are oddly ...
David Panton 08/11/2018
At the south end of Dunkeld station is this well known signal topped with a finial. ...
Ewan Crawford 05/10/2018
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This is a two platform station. It has a station building on the up (southbound) platform with crow stepped gables, a lattice footbridge and superior timber waiting room building on the down platform.
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Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
DRS 66430 powers away from Pitlochry with the Up Tesco Express on 17th April 2019. The train is passing over the Prospect Place foot crossing ...
Mark Bartlett 17/04/2019
Freightliner 66536 heads south from Pitlochry station with an early morning infrastructure train from Aviemore to Millerhill on 15th April 2019. This ...
Mark Bartlett 15/04/2019
66522, on a special working of engineer's wagons from Millerhill to Aviemore, powers through Pitlochry on 14th April 2019. In Platform 1 170430, on an ...
Mark Bartlett 14/04/2019
DRS 66301 'Kingmoor TMD' takes the southbound Tesco containers through Pitlochry station on 13th April 2019. ...
Mark Bartlett 13/04/2019
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This two platform station has a two storey stone building on the up (southbound) platform and a timber one on the down platform. It is at the south end of a long double track section north to Dalwhinnie, the line to the south is single track.
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Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
170470 slows for the Blair Atholl stop while working from Queen Street to Inverness on 13th April 2019. ...
Mark Bartlett 13/04/2019
66-426 waits to cross 170-393 at Blair Atholl. ...
Ian Millar 16/04/2009
A southbound service pulls into the clean autumnal air of Blair Atholl on 4th October 2017. Unusually the station lacks departure information - a step ...
David Panton 04/10/2017
The simple but well maintained building on the northbound platform at Blair Atholl in May 2012. See image 39247. ...
John Furnevel 28/05/2012
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This two platform station still has a station building, signal box and footbridge. It is located at the north end of the double track section from Blair Atholl. The main building is on the southbound platform. The station is at 1174 ft above sea level.
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Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Dalwhinnie Distillery Branch
Which way to the station? Signposts on the A889. ...
Ewan Crawford 05/10/2018
B1 No. 61306 'Mayflower,' and 37685 'Loch Arkaig', top and tail the Steam Dreams Railtour across the moor at Dalwhinnie on 13th May 2019. ...
John Gray 13/05/2019
Smart refurbished signal box at the north end of Dalwhinnie, seen here in August 2007 from the up platform. ...
John Furnevel 25/08/2007
The 1909 signal box at Dalwhinnie in unmodified state in 1990. It has since been rebuilt. This box replaced north and south boxes here. The view of ...
Ewan Crawford //1990
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This is a single platform station. It was formerly a two platform station with a passing loop, however the southbound line was lifted in the 1980s.
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Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
The southbound Caledonian Sleeper at Newtonmore, seen on September 30th, 2018. The view is from the nearby signal box styled accommodation.
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Dave Bushell 30/09/2018
40064 photographed at Newtonmore in 1979. ...
Ian Dinmore //1979
Newtonmore south cabin (1983). ...
Brian Forbes //1983
A4 Pacific no 60009 Union of South Africa pictured between Dalwhinnie and Newtonmore on 4 July 2009 with the Osprey Express ...
John Gray 04/07/2009
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This is a two platform station with a passing loop on a single track line. The station has a large fine station building on the northbound platform with large glazed platform canopy. There is a siding on the east side, approached from the south. A lattice bridge links the platforms. The station is at 745 ft above sea level.
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Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Kingussie 12 December 2017. ...
John Yellowlees 12/12/2017
B1 No.61306 'Mayflower' hurries 'The Highlands & Islands Explorer' past Balavil, north of Kingussie on 13th May 2019. 37685 'Loch Arkaig' on the rear. ...
John Gray 13/05/2019
The southbound upgraded platform at Kingussie as seen from a northbound train. ...
John Yellowlees 21/05/2018
In the pouring rain,A3 Pacific No.60103 'Flying Scotsman' and B1 61306 'Mayflower', stop for water at Kingussie. ...
John Gray 10/05/2019
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This is a three platform station, formerly with a bay at the north end on the west side. The station was rebuilt and enlarged when Aviemore became a junction on the opening of the Direct Line to Inverness via Carrbridge. The name Aviemore is from Gaelic, 'An Aghaidh Mhòr' - The big (mountain) face, describing the hill Craigellachie which lies to the west.
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Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway (Highland Railway)
Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Aviemore 12 December 2017. ...
John Yellowlees 12/12/2017
What secrets lie behind the red door? A door marked 'private' at Aviemore station. ...
Crinan Dunbar 03/06/2019
City of Truro at Aviemore. ...
Mark Poustie 31/08/2006
GBRf 66746 in special 'Belmond Royal Scotsman' livery, stabled on the SRS access line at Aviemore on 26 April 2017. ...
Andy Furnevel 26/04/2017
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This is a two platform station with a passing loop. The main station building, waiting room and footbridge remain. The main building is timber and, in common with many Highland Railway stations, 'H' shaped in plan. At its north end the building is built out with a small glazed porch, a former signal box dating from the resignalling of 1957. Platforms are linked by a lattice footbridge. There ...

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Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway (Highland Railway)
37405 propels Inspection Coach 975025 'Caroline' as they pass Carrbridge on the way from Derby to Inverness. 7th August 2018.
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Gus Carnegie 07/08/2018
DRS liveried 66305, working from Millerhill S.S. to Lairg, hauls five autoballasters north through Carrbridge on 22nd June 2019. The wet weather has ...
John Gray 22/06/2019
66743 hauling the first Royal Scotsman tour of 2019, from Kyle of Lochalsh to Boat of Garten. Waiting for a signal at Carrbridge Station on 13th April ...
Gus Carnegie 13/04/2019
The new plaque on display at Carrbridge station in June 2012.... [welcome recognition for our planting, watering and litter picking over the past ...
Gus Carnegie /06/2012
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This is a seven platform terminus for services to and from locations to the south such as Glasgow Queen Street High Level, Edinburgh Waverley and London, and locations north and west such as Kyle of Lochalsh, Thurso and Wick.
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Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
Inverness and Nairn Railway
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John Yellowlees 01/05/2017
Emblem of the Highland Railway Company at Inverness station. ...
Crinan Dunbar 21/08/2018
A barrel train on the platform at Inverness station with two much larger friends on either side. ...
John Yellowlees 18/08/2017
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