Achnashellach railway station

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Achnashellach National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: Achadh nan Seileach
AchnashellachRailwayStation.jpg
Achnashellach station in July 2006
Location
Place Achnashellach
Local authority Highland
Coordinates 57°28′56″N 5°19′59″W / 57.4821°N 5.3331°W / 57.4821; -5.3331Coordinates: 57°28′56″N 5°19′59″W / 57.4821°N 5.3331°W / 57.4821; -5.3331
Grid reference NH002484
Operations
Station code ACH
Managed by Abellio ScotRail
Number of platforms 1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 1,084
2012/13 Decrease 1,054
2013/14 Decrease 976
2014/15 Decrease 800
2015/16 Increase 1,078
History
Original company Dingwall and Skye Railway
Pre-grouping Highland Railway
Post-grouping LMSR
19 August 1870 Station opened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Achnashellach from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Achnashellach railway station is a railway station serving Achnashellach on the Kyle of Lochalsh Line, in Wester Ross, Scotland. The station lies between Strathcarron and the Glen Carron platform.

The line was opened on 5 August 1870.

History[edit]

The station was opened by the Dingwall and Skye Railway, but operated from the outset by the Highland Railway. Taken into the London, Midland and Scottish Railway during the Grouping of 1923, the line then passed on to the Scottish Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948.

When Sectorisation was introduced by British Rail, the station became part of ScotRail until the Privatisation of British Railways.

In 1892, Achnashellach was the scene of a runaway train in which the brake in the brakevan had malfunctioned. Subsequently, this train moved off down the slope at considerable speed without a locomotive to keep it under control. Reaching the bottom of the slope, it had enough energy to proceed back uphill, before running down the slope once again. Unfortunately, another train was approaching Achnashellach in the opposite direction at that very moment, and the two trains collided at the bottom of the slope with great force, resulting in several injuries in what was a rare accident for the Highland Railway. The cause of the accident was thought to be a result of the HR's lack of using a continuous brake, and a habit of putting goods wagons at the front of mixed passenger and goods trains.[citation needed]

Service[edit]

Four trains each way call (on request) on weekdays/Saturdays and one each way all year on Sundays, plus a second from May to late September only.[1]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Achnasheen   Abellio ScotRail
Kyle of Lochalsh Line
  Strathcarron
Historical railways
Glencarron Platform   Highland Railway
Dingwall and Skye Railway
  Strathcarron

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Table 239

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