Achnashellach railway station

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Scottish Gaelic: Achadh nan Seileach[1]
National Rail
Achnashellach Station Nov2019.jpeg
Achnashellach station in November 2019
LocationAchnashellach, Highland
United Kingdom
Coordinates57°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 referenceNH002484
Managed byAbellio ScotRail
Other information
Station codeACH
Original companyDingwall and Skye Railway
Pre-groupingHighland Railway
Key dates
19 August 1870Station opened
2014/15Decrease 800[2]
2015/16Increase 1,078[2]
2016/17Decrease 878 [2]
2017/18Decrease 870 [2]
2018/19Decrease 820 [2]

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. The station is 40 miles 34 chains (65.1 km) from Dingwall, and has a single platform which is long enough for a three-coach train.[3]


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]


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.[4]

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


  1. ^ Brailsford 2017, Gaelic/English Station Index.
  2. ^ a b c d e Annual estimated intercity rail passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at this station from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ Brailsford 2017, map 22E.
  4. ^ GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Table 239


  • Brailsford, Martyn, ed. (December 2017) [1987]. Railway Track Diagrams 1: Scotland & Isle of Man (6th ed.). Frome: Trackmaps. ISBN 978-0-9549866-9-8.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.
  • Jowett, Alan (2000). Jowett's Nationalised Railway Atlas (1st ed.). Penryn, Cornwall: Atlantic Transport Publishers. ISBN 978-0-906899-99-1. OCLC 228266687.
  • Jowett, Alan (March 1989). Jowett's Railway Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland: From Pre-Grouping to the Present Day (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-086-0. OCLC 22311137.
  • Station on navigable O.S. map

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