Aviemore railway station

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Aviemore National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: An Aghaidh Mhor
Aviemore
Under the canopy on Platform 1
Location
Place Aviemore
Local authority Highland
Coordinates 57°11′19″N 3°49′44″W / 57.1886°N 3.8288°W / 57.1886; -3.8288Coordinates: 57°11′19″N 3°49′44″W / 57.1886°N 3.8288°W / 57.1886; -3.8288
Grid reference NH895123
Operations
Station code AVM
Managed by First ScotRail
Owned by Network Rail
Number of platforms 3
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03  70,272
2004/05 Increase 80,977
2005/06 Increase 91,456
2006/07 Increase 0.101 million
2007/08 Increase 0.115 million
2008/09 Increase 0.121 million
2009/10 Increase 0.125 million
2010/11 Increase 0.132 million
2011/12 Steady 0.132 million
- Interchange 14
2012/13 Increase 0.136 million
- Interchange Increase 59
History
Original company Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Pre-grouping Highland Railway
Post-grouping LMS
3 August 1863 Station opened
1898 Station rebuilt and expanded
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Aviemore from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Aviemore railway station serves the town and tourist resort of Aviemore in the Highlands of Scotland. The station, which is owned by Network Rail (NR) and managed by First ScotRail, is located on the Highland Main Line between Perth and Inverness, and is also the southern terminus of the Strathspey Steam Railway.

History[edit]

Strathspey railway services have operated from this station since 1998.

The line was opened by the Inverness and Perth Junction Railway (I&PJR) in 1863,[1] subsequently becoming part of the Highland Railway.

The current station was opened in 1898,[2] to designs by the architect William Roberts[3] when the "direct" line to Inverness via Slochd was built, making Aviemore an important junction and replacing the original 1863 building. William Roberts also provided an engine shed to the north of the station in 1896.

It became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway after the Grouping of 1923, then passed on to the Scottish Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948.

The original I&PJR line to Forres fell victim to the Beeching Axe, closing to passengers in October 1965.

When Sectorisation was introduced in the 1980s, the station was served by Scotrail until the Privatisation of British Rail.

In 1998 the station was restored and refurbished, and the Strathspey Railway was finally allowed to use the island platform. All three buildings on the island platform were restored and brought back into use, having been derelict for many years, and a fourth was built from scratch. The new building comprises a ticket hall, booking office and shop, and the three original buildings are waiting rooms (with historical displays), staff offices, and toilets. Parking, reached from the Rothiemurchus road in the south of the village, is on the east side of the station, and passenger access to the Strathspey part of the station is via a foot-crossing of the rarely used junction spur. This is the second biggest railway station in Highland (Council area), after Inverness.[citation needed]

Following the moving of services, the Strathspey Railway subsequently closed their Aviemore (Speyside) railway station.

Description[edit]

Road access to the NR station building is from Grampian Road, to the west of the line. A canopied island platform, connected to the station building by a footbridge, lies beyond the two main-line tracks, and the further (eastern) platform face of this island is used by Strathspey trains. The junction between the Strathspey Railway and Network Rail lies to the south of the station and is controlled from the station signal box, which also controls a large portion of the main line either side of here (from Kingussie all the way to Culloden Moor since 1979) as well as the immediate station area.[4]

Services[edit]

Services are provided by First ScotRail and East Coast on the Highland Main Line and Strathspey Railway on the former Inverness and Perth Junction Railway to Boat of Garten and Broomhill.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Kingussie   East Coast
East Coast Main Line
  Carrbridge
Kingussie   First ScotRail
Highland Main Line
  Carrbridge
Kingussie   First ScotRail
Highland Caledonian Sleeper
  Inverness
Heritage Railways  Heritage railways
Terminus   Strathspey Railway   Boat of Garten
Historical railways
Kincraig
Line open; station closed
  Highland Railway
Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
  Boat of Garten
Line and station open
connection to
Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
  Highland Railway
Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway
  Carrbridge
Line and Station open

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Butt (1995), page 21
  2. ^ RAILSCOT
  3. ^ The Buildings of Scotland, Highland and Islands. John Gifford. Yale University Press. 1992. ISBN 0-300-09625-9
  4. ^ Scottish Signal Boxes Jessop, R; "Ronrail"; Retrieved 2013-12-20

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