Kyle Line

Introduction

The Kyle Line runs from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh.



Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This is a 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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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
158 719 arrives at Inverness with the 1209 ex Dyce bang on time at 1409. Every station on route showed it formed of 2 coaches but when it appeared 719 ...
Caleb Abbott 27/06/2018
A pristine looking 170470 sits in platform 2 at Inverness. This was one of the units painted in SPT livery, though they were repainted a few years ...
Caleb Abbott 08/04/2019

This station is in the south of the town of Beauly. It has a very short platform. It was formerly a two platform station. The new platform uses a short section of the former northbound platform.
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The Steam Dreams railtour to Kyle of Lochalsh races past Beauly hauled by 61306 'Mayflower' on 12th May 2019.
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John Gray 12/05/2019
A stone thistle atop a gable of Beauly old station. 16/10/06 ...
John Gray 16/10/2006
A Kyle of Lochalsh - Inverness train approaching Beauly from the north in November 2003. ...
John Furnevel 22/11/2003
37685 Loch Arkaig and 37516 Loch Laidon bring The Royal Scotsman round the curve at the west side of Beauly on 8 May on ...
John Gray 08/05/2014

Conon was a single platform station until the line was doubled in 1911 and closed in 1960.
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158722 arrives at Conon Bridge with the 16:19 to Inverness (12.36 ex-Wick) on 18 February 2013. View north showing the station entrance, bicycle ...
John Gray 18/02/2013
The now completed station at Conon Bridge, photographed from the station entrance on 18 February 2013. ...
John Gray 18/02/2013
Closed 13 June 1960, reopened 8 February 2013. [See news item] ...
John Yellowlees 08/02/2013
158715 runs into Conon Bridge on 23 June with the return Sunday afternoon 16.20 Invergordon to Inverness service. ...
David Pesterfield 23/06/2013

This is a two platform station. The main station building was on the down (northbound) platform.
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First ScotRail 158722 pulls away from Muir of Ord platform 2 and is about to pass below the bridge carrying Great North Road on a wet and windy 3 ...
John Furnevel 3/10/2009
Persistent rain continues to batter the platforms at Muir of Ord on a wet and miserable morning in October 2009, as passengers reluctantly leave the ...
John Furnevel 03/10/2009
EE Type 3 37418, stranded by the Ness Viaduct collapse, sits outside the temporary Muir of Ord shed in 1990. After a long mainline career this loco ...
Bill Roberton //1990
Approaching Muir of Ord from the south. ...
Ewan Crawford //

This is a two platform station on the Far North Lines. A café operates in the station building and under the glass canopied platform. Tina's Tearoom
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Dingwall was built in...... ...
John Gray 16/10/2006
158708 at Dingwall forming the 14 10 Scotrail service to Inverness on 15th March 2017. ...
Brian Smith 15/03/2017
Dingwall Station frontage in November 2003. ...
John Furnevel 23/11/2003
Each crossing point on the old HR had two cabins. This is the south box at Dingwall which was removed when RETB signalling replaced all the cabins ...
Brian Forbes /05/1983

This is a two platform station with an original station building, now in other uses, on the up (eastbound) platform.
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61306 'Mayflower' hauls 'The Highlands and Islands Explorer' past Loch Garve on the way to Kyle of Lochalsh on 12th May 2019. The number of Wacky ...
John Gray 12/05/2019
View north across the platforms at Garve in September 2009.
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John Furnevel 26/09/2009
The Raven's Rock Express stands at Garve on 25 September 1982 behind 5025. The special, organised by The Scottish Steam Railtours Group, was on ...
John Robin 25/09/1982
Garve looking to Dingwall. ...
Ewan Crawford 03/01/1989

This is a single platform station. The platform is on the north side of the single track. A disused station building from the 1954 opening still stands. There was a siding at the west end.
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Class B1 4-6-0 No.1264, in LNER lined black, runs round the edge of Loch Luichart on the way to Kyle of Lochalsh. The rain has just started and is ...
John Gray 22/04/2018
View west from a window of the Inverness - Kyle of Lochalsh Raven's Rock Express shortly after passing through Lochluichart station on 25 ...
John Robin 25/09/1982
A Sprinter heading past Loch a Chuilinn heading for Lochluichart. ...
Ewan Crawford //
Platform view west towards Kyle of Lochalsh from Lochluichart in September 2009. ...
John Furnevel 26/09/2009

This was a two platform station. The original timber platform on the up (eastbound) platform was lost in 1889. Its replacement survived until at least the 1960s.
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Class B1 4-6-0 No.1264 in LNER lined black livery pictured approaching Achanalt Station on the way to Kyle of Lochalsh on 22nd April with the GB XI ...
John Gray 22/04/2018
Evening scene at Achanalt in October 2009. View is east towards Dingwall. ...
John Furnevel 01/10/2009
Black 5 No.44871 is pictured between Achanalt and Achnasheen with the GB IX trip to Kyle of Lochalsh.The River Bran in the background. ...
John Gray /05/2016
Entrance to Achanalt station in October 2009. View south over the car park alongside the A832 road. ...
John Furnevel 01/10/2009

This is a two platform station with a loop. The platforms are slightly staggered. The station building on the up (eastbound) platform remains standing. It is of the same style as those at Strathcarron and Garve. The line crosses the River Bran at the west end of the station.
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The 'Highlands & Islands Explorer' approaching Achnasheen, hauled by 61306 'Mayflower' on 12th May 2019. In the background, the River Bran, the ruins ...
John Gray 12/05/2019
K1 No.62005 heads * The Great Britain X * to Kyle of Lochalsh.Pictured
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John Gray 06/05/2017
Class 37 37421 heading for Inverness near Achnasheen ...
Gordon Steel 23/08/1987
Achnasheen station seen from the west in 1960. ...
David Murray-Smith 06/04/1960

This is a one platform station.
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Last call! Final train of the day about to leave Achnashellach for Inverness on 26 September 2009. ...
John Furnevel 26/09/2009
View from Achnashellach station towards Kyle of Lochalsh on 2 October 2009, as a grey mist slowly rolls in from the west. The gate on the right stands ...
John Furnevel 02/10/2009
47826 brings up the rear of an SRPS railtour returning from Kyle of Lochalsh to Paisley Gilmour Street on 26 September 2009. The train is seen here ...
John Furnevel 26/09/2009
The 'road' approach to Achnashellach station from the north in September 2009 with the foot-crossing much used by walkers. ...
John Furnevel 29/09/2009

This is a two platform station with a passing loop on a single track railway.
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About to leave Strathcarron for Kyle of Lochalsh in October 2009. ...
John Furnevel 02/10/2009
158715 and 158719 meet at Strathcarron on the Kyle of Lochalsh line on 11th July 2012. ...
Mark Bartlett 11/07/2012
A grab shot, through the train window, of Strathcarron west signal box in July 1963.
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Colin Miller //1963
The 1757 Inverness to Kyle service runs alongside the A890 just west of Strathcarron station. 158707 was photographed in between courses at the ...
Mark Bartlett 13/07/2012

This is a very small station with a single platform. The original small timber building has been replaced with a concrete equivalent.
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Station entrance, Attadale, September 2009. ...
John Furnevel 29/09/2009
A Class 158, working from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh, runs along the shore of Loch Carron between Strathcarron and Attadale on 7th July 2012. ...
Mark Bartlett 07/07/2012
View south west towards Kyle of Lochalsh from the platform of a deserted Attadale station in September 2009. For the view in the opposite direction ...
John Furnevel 29/09/2009
Attadale looking east. ...
Ewan Crawford //1994

This was the terminus of the line until extension west and south to Kyle of Lochalsh.
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The 1715 from Kyle to Inverness approaches Stromeferry negotiating the sharp curves along the shore of Loch Carron. 158705 was photographed from the ...
Mark Bartlett 10/07/2012
A Kyle - Inverness train running between Loch Carron and the then new road near Stromeferry in August 1970. ...
Colin Miller /08/1970
A full load for a Class 26 in Spring 1972, with two vans and seven coaches in tow. The train is en route to Inverness near Stromeferry. ...
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) //1972
The heavy rock blasting needed to take the railway on from Strome Ferry to Kyle is evident in this view taken from the cab of 26046 on a ...
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) 20/11/1982

This is a single platform station originally built as a private station serving Duncraig Castle in 1897. It became public in 1949.
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Eastbound 158.709 approaching Duncraig in 2013. The station building was beautifully restored. ...
Ewan Crawford 25/04/2013
A glorious evening to be on the last Inverness - Kyle of Lochalsh service of the day. The train is seen here skirting the south shore of Loch Carron ...
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) //1979
Sprinter near Duncraig. ...
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Duncraig looking west. ...
Ewan Crawford //1994

This is a single platform station with a fine example of the timber Highland Railway station building.
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With Loch Carron as a backdrop, ScotRail 158707 appears around a curve westbound between Duncraig and Plockton on 29 September 2009. The train is the ...
John Furnevel 29/09/2009
Plockton Station in September 2011. The station building is now used as a holiday home. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 22/09/2011
The 1101 Inverness - Kyle of Lochalsh slows on the final approach to Plockton on 29 September 2009. The station is on the other side of the bridge ...
John Furnevel 29/09/2009
The station at Plockton is undergoing very sympathetic conversion into a self catering cottage. The owner kindly allowed me to take some interior ...
Ewan Crawford 28/09/2009

This is a single platform station with a minimal waiting shelter. The platform is on the south side of the line.
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Another picture of the tidy station at Duirinish, this time looking east towards Plockton. This is the first of nine surviving intermediate stations ...
Mark Bartlett 10/07/2012
Duirinish station viewed from the east. ...
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Duirinish station serves the village of the same name, but that's not immediately apparent. This is a view looking south from the station platform, ...
Mark Bartlett 10/07/2012
Platform view at Duirinish in September 2009, looking south west towards Kyle of Lochalsh. ...
John Furnevel 29/09/2009

This is the terminus of the line from Dingwall. This terminus replaced the further east station at Stromeferry. The station is on a pier and is built in the Swiss Chalet style (reminiscent of the West Highland Railway built around the same time).
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This plaque was unveiled at Kyle today by the Lord Lieutenant of Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh, Mrs Janet Bowen. It reads
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John Yellowlees 31/12/2018
Kyle of Lochalsh station, and quayside, as seen from Kyleakin on the Isle of Skye in July 2012. Prior to the Skye bridge being completed Kyleakin was ...
Mark Bartlett 09/07/2012
The former Highland Railway Lochalsh Hotel at night in 1993 with the slip in the foreground. The ferries had stopped for the night and were tied up at ...
Ewan Crawford //1993
Class 2P 55227 at Kyle of Lochalsh in 1960. ...
David Murray-Smith 06/04/1960