Aviemore railway station

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Aviemore National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: An Aghaidh Mhor
Aviemore station.jpg
Under the canopy on Platform 1
Place Aviemore
Local authority Highland
Coordinates 57°11′19″N 3°49′44″W / 57.1886°N 3.8288°W / 57.1886; -3.8288Coordinates: 57°11′19″N 3°49′44″W / 57.1886°N 3.8288°W / 57.1886; -3.8288
Grid reference NH895123
Station code AVM
Managed by Abellio ScotRail
Owned by Network Rail
Number of platforms

3 (2 National rail)

(1 Strathspey Steam Railway)
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Steady 0.132 million
– Interchange  Decrease 14
2012/13 Increase 0.136 million
– Interchange  Increase 59
2013/14 Increase 0.141 million
– Interchange  Increase 82
2014/15 Increase 0.151 million
– Interchange  Decrease 37
2015/16 Increase 0.152 million
– Interchange  Increase 56
Original company Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Pre-grouping Highland Railway
Post-grouping LMS
3 August 1863 Station opened
1898 Station rebuilt and expanded
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Aviemore from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Aviemore railway station serves the town and tourist resort of Aviemore in the Highlands of Scotland. The station, which is owned by Network Rail (NR) and managed by Abellio ScotRail, is on the Highland Main Line between Perth and Inverness, and is also the southern terminus of the Strathspey preserved railway.


Strathspey railway services have operated from this station since 1998.

The line was opened by the Inverness and Perth Junction Railway (I&PJR) in 1863,[1] subsequently becoming part of the Highland Railway.

The current station was opened in 1898,[2] to designs by the architect William Roberts[3] when the "direct" line to Inverness via Slochd was built, making Aviemore an important junction and replacing the original 1863 building. William Roberts also provided an engine shed to the north of the station in 1896.

It became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway after the Grouping of 1923, then passed on to the Scottish Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948.

The original I&PJR line to Forres fell victim to the Beeching Axe, closing to passengers in October 1965.

When Sectorisation was introduced by British Rail in the 1980s, the station was served by Scotrail until the Privatisation of British Rail.

In 1998 the station was restored and refurbished, and the Strathspey Railway was finally allowed to use the island platform. The island platform's three buildings were restored and brought back into use, having been derelict for many years, and a fourth was built from scratch. The new building comprises a ticket hall, booking office and shop, and the three original buildings are waiting rooms (with historical displays), staff offices, and toilets. Parking, reached from the Rothiemurchus road in the south of the village, is on the station's east side, and passenger access to the Strathspey part of the station is via a foot-crossing across the junction spur. This foot crossing also provides disabled access to platform 2. This is the second biggest railway station in Highland (Council area), after Inverness.[citation needed]

Following the moving of services, the Strathspey Railway closed their Aviemore (Speyside) railway station. The platform remains, as fears over asbestos contamination have stalled its removal. The original footbridge also still stands but is unsafe.


Road access to the NR station building is from Grampian Road, to the west of the line. A canopied island platform, connected to the station building by a footbridge, lies beyond the two main-line tracks, and the further (eastern) platform face of this island is used by Strathspey trains. The junction between the Strathspey Railway and Network Rail lies to the south of the station and is controlled from the station signal box, which also controls a large portion of the main line either side of here (from Kingussie all the way to Culloden Moor since 1979) as well as the immediate station area.[4]


Services are provided by Abellio ScotRail, Caledonian Sleeper, and Virgin Trains East Coast on the Highland Main Line and Strathspey Railway on the former Inverness and Perth Junction Railway to Boat of Garten and Broomhill.

In the May 2016 timetable, there are seven trains each weekday to Edinburgh Waverley (including the "Highland Chieftain" to London Kings Cross) and four to Glasgow Queen Street southbound, plus the overnight sleeper to London Euston (the latter doesn't run southbound on Saturday nights & northbound on Sundays). Northbound there are twelve departures to Inverness.

On Sundays there are five trains to Edinburgh (including the Kings Cross service) and two to Glasgow, along with seven to Inverness.[5]

From 2018, this station will be one of those to benefit from a package of timetable enhancements introduced by Transport Scotland and Scotrail. The current Perth to Inverness timetable will increase to hourly each way, with trains south of there running on alternate hours to Edinburgh & Glasgow. Journey times will also be reduced by 10 minutes to both cities.[6]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Kingussie   Abellio ScotRail
Highland Main Line
Kingussie   Virgin Trains East Coast
East Coast Main Line
Kingussie   Caledonian Sleeper
Highland Caledonian Sleeper
Heritage Railways  Heritage railways
Terminus   Strathspey Railway   Boat of Garten
Historical railways
Line open; station closed
  Highland Railway
Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
  Boat of Garten
Line and station open
connection to
Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
  Highland Railway
Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway
Line and Station open



  1. ^ Butt (1995), page 21
  3. ^ The Buildings of Scotland, Highland and Islands. John Gifford. Yale University Press. 1992. ISBN 0-300-09625-9
  4. ^ Scottish Signal Boxes Archived December 20, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. Jessop, R; "Ronrail"; Retrieved 2013-12-20
  5. ^ GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Table 229
  6. ^ "‘Rail revolution’ means 200 more services and 20,000 more seats for Scots passengers"Transport Scotland press release 15 March 2016; Retrieved 18 August 2016


Further reading[edit]

  • "Aviemore station reopens after £2.2m restoration". RAIL. No. 333. EMAP Apex Publications. 17–30 June 1998. p. 10. ISSN 0953-4563. OCLC 49953699. 

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