Invergordon railway station

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Invergordon National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: Inbhirghordain
Invergordon
Location
Place Invergordon
Local authority Highland
Coordinates 57°41′21″N 4°10′28″W / 57.6891°N 4.1745°W / 57.6891; -4.1745Coordinates: 57°41′21″N 4°10′28″W / 57.6891°N 4.1745°W / 57.6891; -4.1745
Grid reference NH704686
Operations
Station code IGD
Managed by First ScotRail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  8,109
2005/06 Increase 9,195
2006/07 Increase 12,949
2007/08 Increase 15,853
2008/09 Increase 19,974
2009/10 Increase 20,648
2010/11 Increase 23,444
2011/12 Increase 34,564
2012/13 Increase 34,974
History
28 July 1874 Opened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Invergordon from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Invergordon railway station is a railway station serving the town of Invergordon on the Cromarty Firth, in the Highland council area of Scotland. It is located on the Far North Line.

The station consists of two side platforms with two tracks forming a passing loop on the predominantly single-track line from Dingwall to Thurso and Wick. The permanent station buildings are all on the southbound platform, the northbound platform having a simple shelter. As of 2011 the buildings are not in use. In 2008/2009, the station underwent a brightening-up programme run by the Invergordon "Off The Wall" group.

Northbound, leaving the station, the track snakes under a one-way road bridge and runs alongside Park Primary school until turning into single track; it then runs through the Invergordon distillery and Inverbreakie housing estate. It then enters the woods.

The station's usage has more than doubled since 2004/2005.

Geography[edit]

The station is located at the south end of Invergordon high street and is easily accessible from all areas of Invergordon, the closest area being the densely populated area of South lodge.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Alness   First ScotRail
Far North Line
  Fearn
Historical railways
Alness
Line and station open
  Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
Highland Railway
  Delny
Line open; Station closed

RAF Sunderland crash[edit]

On 26 November 1944, RAF Short Sunderland DD851 of the 4th Operational Training Unit departed Cromarty Firth, RAF Station Alness on an anti-submarine patrol of the North Sea off the coast of Scotland. During the initial climb a connecting rod on the starboard inner engine broke, the engine caught fire and fell off. The Sunderland, with a full load of fuel and depth charges then crashed into the railway line 2 miles northeast of Invergordon Railway Station where all 11 of the RCAF crew were killed.[1] The crew are buried in the Stonefall Air Force Cemetery in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Form 1160 Crash Report (Report). Air Ministry. 1944.
  2. ^ Allison, Les; Hayward, Harry (June 1992). "They Shall Not Grow Old" A book of Remembrance. Brandon, MB: Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum Inc. ISBN 0920436412.