Achnasheen railway station
|Scottish Gaelic: Achadh na Sìne|
|Managed by||Abellio ScotRail|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||Dingwall and Skye Railway|
|19 August 1870||Station opened|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Achnasheen from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
The station is 27 miles 72 chains (44.9 km) from Dingwall, and has a passing loop 28 chains (560 m) long, flanked by two platforms. Platform 1 on the up (eastbound) line can accommodate trains having three coaches, whereas platform 2 on the down (westbound) line can hold five.
The station was opened by the Dingwall and Skye Railway on 19 August 1870, but operated from the outset by the Highland Railway. The station hotel was built by Alexander Ross and opened in 1871. It was extended by William Roberts in 1898 and again at the turn of the 21st century.
It was once an important railhead, handling passengers, mail and freight bound for parts of Wester Ross, including Gairloch and the Loch Torridon area. A proposal for a 35-mile-long (56 km) branch line to Aultbea, via Gairloch and Poolewe. Plans for the Loch Maree and Aultbea Railway was put to Parliament in 1893, but the proposal was rejected, as it deemed that the line would not be commercially viable in such a remote area. All freight in this area now travels by road. The station building still serves as a postal distribution point, but the mail travels from Inverness by road.
The station is the location of one of the three passing loops on the line west of Dingwall and trains are sometimes timetabled to cross here. The loop was once controlled from signal boxes at each end of the station (a common method of working on the HR), but both were closed when Radio Electronic Token Block signalling was introduced by British Rail on the line in 1984. The loop is now supervised remotely from the power box at Inverness.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Kyle of Lochalsh Line
Line and Station open
Dingwall and Skye Railway
Line open; Station closed
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