Inverness and Perth Junction Railway

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Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Locale Scotland
Dates of operation 1 June 1863 – 1 February 1865
Successor Highland Railway
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Inverness and Aviemore
Junction Railway
Forres(triangular station)
Rafford
Dunphail
Dava
Castle Grant Platform
Strathspey Railway (GNoSR)
Grantown on Spey (West)
Grantown on Spey (East)(SR - GNoSR)
Nethy Bridge(SR - GNoSR)
Broomhill
Boat of Garten Junction
Boat of Garten
Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway
Aviemore (Speyside)
Aviemore
Kincraig
Kingussie
Newtonmore
Dalwhinnie
Druimuachdar Summit
Dalnaspidal
Struan
Black Island Platform
Blair Atholl
Killiecrankie
Pitlochry
Aberfeldy
Grandtully
Balnaguard Halt
Aberfeldy Junction
Ballinluig
Guay
Dalguise
Dunkeld and Birnam
Perth and Dunkeld Railway

The Inverness and Perth Junction Railway was built to link the Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway at Forres and Perth and Dunkeld Railway, ultimately absorbing the latter.

History[edit]

A view of the Broomhill platform and station buildings looking towards Boat of Garten.

The Act of Parliament was passed on 22 July 1861, with the line being opened between Dunkeld and Pitlochry on 1 June 1863, between Forres and Aviemore on 3 August 1863 and the final section to Aviemore and Pitlochry on 9 September 1863.

It combined with the Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway to form the Highland Railway on 1 February 1865. The line became part of the LMS in 1923.

Aberfeldy Branch[edit]

The Aberfeldy Branch was authorised under the original Act of Parliament, being opened on 3 July 1865, just after the formation of the Highland Railway.

Closure[edit]

The Aberfeldy Branch was closed on 3 May 1965, just short of its centenary. The line between Forres and Aviemore closed on 18 October 1965.

Strathspey Railway[edit]

Following closure of the section north of Aviemore, there were moves to re-open the line between Aviemore and Grantown on Spey (West). The Strathspey Railway has progressively reopened the line north from Aviemore, with the current terminus at Broomhill. They hope to reach Grantown on Spey within the next few years; however, the impressive 1897 station at Grantown on Spey (West) was demolished in the early 1980s and a new terminus will have to be built on an adjacent site.

Connections to other lines[edit]

Current operations[edit]

The line is still open as part of the Highland Main Line between Dunkeld and Birnam and Aviemore operated by First ScotRail, and as part of the restored Strathspey Railway between Aviemore and Broomhill.

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