Dingwall railway station

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Dingwall National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: Inbhir Pheofharain[1]
Dingwall Station.jpg
Dingwall station building
Local authorityHighland
Coordinates57°35′39″N 4°25′20″W / 57.5942°N 4.4222°W / 57.5942; -4.4222Coordinates: 57°35′39″N 4°25′20″W / 57.5942°N 4.4222°W / 57.5942; -4.4222
Grid referenceNH553585
Station codeDIN
Managed byAbellio ScotRail
Number of platforms2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Decrease 0.102 million
– Interchange Increase 7,834
2014/15Decrease 87,782
– Interchange Decrease 583
2015/16Decrease 82,508
– Interchange Decrease 445
2016/17Decrease 80,900
– Interchange Decrease 421
2017/18Increase 86,276
– Interchange Increase 491
Original companyInverness and Ross-shire Railway
Pre-groupingHighland Railway
11 June 1862[2]Opened
Listed status
Listing gradeCategory B
Entry numberLB24514[3]
Added to list25 February 1986
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Dingwall from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Dingwall railway station serves Dingwall, Scotland. It is located just south of the junction of the Far North Line and the Kyle of Lochalsh Line, and is served by Abellio ScotRail. A recent increase of services has increased usage dramatically (see figures right).


Dingwall engine shed in 1957

The station was built by the Inverness and Ross-shire Railway (I&RR) and opened on 11 June 1862 when the company's line was opened from Inverness to Dingwall. The extension to Invergordon came on 23 March 1863. The I&RR was consolidated with the Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway on 30 June 1862. The operating name became the Highland Railway (HR) on 29 June 1865. Under Highland Railway ownership the current station buildings were erected in 1886 by architect Murdoch Paterson.[4][page needed]

The HR became a constituent of the London Midland and Scottish Railway (LMSR) in 1923.[5]

The main passenger services through the station were to Wick and Thurso and to Kyle of Lochalsh. Between 1885 and 1946 there was a branch line service to Strathpeffer.[6]

The Highland Railway built a small steam locomotive shed near the station and this continued in use by the LMSR and British Railways until closure at the end of steam locomotive operations in the area in the early 1960s. It was a sub-shed of the large Inverness facility.[7]

The station is 18 miles 58 chains (30.1 km) from Inverness, and is the zero point for the Kyle of Lochalsh Line. It has a passing loop 32 chains (640 m) long, flanked by two platforms. Platform 1 on the down (northbound) line can accommodate trains having eight coaches, whereas platform 2 on the up (southbound) line can hold ten.[8]

The station formerly had two signal boxes to supervise the passing loop and junction between the two routes - both were however closed in 1985 when the Radio Electronic Token Block system was introduced by British Rail on the Far North Line. The system was initially worked from a control centre at the station, with the line southwards planned for inclusion in the Inverness area resignalling scheme. However, when the Inverness scheme was completed in 1988, RETB control was transferred to the new signalling centre there and one here was closed. The junction points were altered so that they were (and still are) power operated - drivers of northbound trains use a plunger on the down platform to select the correct route, whilst southbound trains trigger the correct setting by occupying track circuits on the approach to the station.[9]

Historic Scotland designate the current station and platforms as Category B. [3]


On 22 January 2010, a Class 158 Express Sprinter unit (158701) working the 17:15 Inverness to Ardgay service derailed at Dingwall; nobody was badly injured, but one female passenger was taken to hospital as a precaution.[10]

Station signage[edit]

The town's name in Scottish Gaelic is Inbhir Pheofharain;[11] however, the Gaelic on the station sign reads Inbhirpheofharain (incorrectly written as one word). Transport Scotland has acknowledged the error and indicated that the correct signage will be erected during 2014.[citation needed]

New annunciator LED screens have been installed on both platforms, giving information on the next three trains to arrive, and general security information.


Service provision at Dingwall forms part of the Far North and Kyle of Lochalsh Lines
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Conon Bridge   Abellio ScotRail
Kyle of Lochalsh Line
  Abellio ScotRail
Far North Line
  Historical railways  
Line and station open
  Highland Railway
Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
Line open; station closed
  Highland Railway
Dingwall and Skye Railway
Line open; station closed
Disused railways
Terminus   Highland Railway
D&SR Strathpeffer Branch
Line and station closed



  1. ^ Brailsford 2017, Gaelic/English Station Index.
  2. ^ Butt 1995, p. 79.
  3. ^ a b "DINGWALL RAILWAY STATION. DOWN AND UP PLATFORM RANGES, DOWN PLATFORM STAFF SHELTER". Historic Environment Scotland. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  4. ^ Gifford 1992.
  5. ^ Awdry 1990, pp. 80–83.
  6. ^ Butt 1995, p. 222.
  7. ^ Fuller 1961, p. 48.
  8. ^ Brailsford 2017, map 18C.
  9. ^ Scot-Rail.co.uk - RETB Inverness www.scot-rail.co.uk (enthusiast site); Retrieved 2014-04-08
  10. ^ "Points failure led to Dingwall train derailment". BBC News Highlands & Islands. 30 September 2010. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  11. ^ Gaelic Place Names


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