Attadale railway station

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Attadale National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: Atadal[1]
Attadalestation.jpg
A Class 158 DMU departing Attadale for Kyle
Location
PlaceAttadale
Local authorityHighland
Coordinates57°23′40″N 5°27′19″W / 57.3945°N 5.4553°W / 57.3945; -5.4553Coordinates: 57°23′40″N 5°27′19″W / 57.3945°N 5.4553°W / 57.3945; -5.4553
Grid referenceNG924390
Operations
Station codeATT
Managed byAbellio ScotRail
Number of platforms1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2012/13Decrease 658
2013/14Increase 998
2014/15Decrease 784
2015/16Increase 820
2016/17Increase 938
History
Original companyDingwall and Skye Railway
Pre-groupingHighland Railway
Post-groupingLMSR
1880Station opened
National RailUK railway stations
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Attadale from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Attadale railway station is a remote railway station on the Kyle of Lochalsh Line, serving the village of Attadale on Loch Carron in the Highlands, northern Scotland.

History[edit]

The station was opened in 1880 by the Dingwall and Skye Railway, but operated from the outset by the Highland Railway.

When the D&SR were forced to cut back the railway during its planning, Attadale was initially chosen as the planned terminus of the shortened line, to allow a suitable location near Loch Carron to build a pier adjacent to the station for steam boats to berth. However, more detailed planning proved this area of the loch quite shallow, which would have meant the large cost of building an extraordinarily long pier. Instead, the line was to terminate 5 miles further on at Stromeferry, where a deeper section of the loch could be found, meaning the steamers could berth more easily and more closely to the station at a shorter, less expensive pier. Attadale then opened as a request stop ten years after the Dingwall & Skye Railway commenced services.

Initially, Attadale station had just a single wooden shelter for passengers, whilst a large red flag was used for signalling the train to stop. 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 Rail.

The station is 48 miles 22 chains (77.7 km) from Dingwall, and has a single platform which is long enough for a two-coach train.[2] The platform has a simple but covered brick waiting room. It featured in episode one of the Channel 4 documentary series Paul Merton's Secret Stations on 1 May 2016, when presenter Paul Merton alighted there en route to visiting a salmon breeding farm on the shores of Loch Carron.[3]

Services[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.[4]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Strathcarron   Abellio ScotRail
Kyle of Lochalsh Line
  Stromeferry

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Brailsford 2017, Gaelic/English Station Index.
  2. ^ Brailsford 2017, map 22E.
  3. ^ "Programme Information - Paul Merton's Secret Stations"4 Press website; Retrieved 18 May 2016
  4. ^ GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Table 239

References[edit]

  • Brailsford, Martyn, ed. (December 2017) [1987]. Railway Track Diagrams 1: Scotland & Isle of Man (6th ed.). Frome: Trackmaps. ISBN 978-0-9549866-9-8.
  • 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