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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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
158706 rolls into Inverness Platform 3 with the 2000 arrival from Dyce on 17th August 2018. ...
Caleb Abbott 17/08/2018
On the eve of the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Sutherland Railway let's look back to 1999. Councillor Alison Magee with Alastair McPherson ...
John Yellowlees 28/07/1999

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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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
The old Beauly station buildings seen from a train on 22 September. Looking towards Inverness. ...
Brian Forbes 22/09/2007

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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Persistent rain continues to batter the platforms at Muir of Ord on a cold 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. ...
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The 0812 service from Wick to Inverness, formed by 158716, stops at Muir of Ord on 19 May, a few minutes ahead of its scheduled 1155 arrival time. ...
Mark Bartlett 19/05/2010

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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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
Dingwall was built in...... ...
John Gray 16/10/2006
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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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
The 1443 Kyle of Lochalsh - Inverness stands at Garve on 1 October 2009. ...
John Furnevel 01/10/2009
Southbound Sprinter racing cars by Loch Garve. ...
Beth Crawford //

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
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
Sunday 18 March was a pleasant early Spring day and, with the sun lighting up the landscape, 158708 is pictured near Achanalt on its way to Kyle of ...
John Gray 18/03/2012

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.
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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 viewed from the west in August 1982. ...
John Furnevel Collection /08/1982
Autumn sunshine illuminates First ScotRail 158708, seen here arriving at the westbound platform at Achnasheen in October 2009. The train is a morning ...
John Furnevel 01/10/2009

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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A grab shot, through the train window, of Strathcarron west signal box in July 1963.
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Colin Miller //1963
A sudden change for the worse in the weather at Strathcarron as a westbound train approaches the station in October 2009, followed by a rapidly ...
John Furnevel 02/10/2009
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
Approaching Strathcarron from the west is this unusual and eyecatching information sign. The engine depicted is definitely not a Skye Bogie and could ...
John Gray 12/04/2010

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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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
Attadale station viewed from the west end. ...
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A train for Inverness heads up the coast by Loch Carron in summer 1974. The new section of the A890 shown led to rock falls and subsequent ...
David Spaven //1974

This was the terminus of the line until extension west and south to Kyle of Lochalsh.
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A Kyle - Inverness train running between Loch Carron and the then new road near Stromeferry in August 1970. ...
Colin Miller /08/1970
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 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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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
Kyle extension line at Plockton in September 2011 showing rock fall protection. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 18/09/2011

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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Duirinish station viewed from the east. ...
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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 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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A coach body alongside Kyle of Lochalsh locomotive shed in April 1960. [Ref query 27 September 2018] ...
David Murray-Smith 06/04/1960
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
A miserable day weather wise on a deserted platform at Kyle of Lochalsh in the summer of 1987. Two things of note, one the BRUTE trolley and the other ...
John McIntyre /08/1987
The signalbox at Kyle of Lochalsh, living on as a bothy. ...
Ewan Crawford 03/01/1989