Dingwall railway station
|Scottish Gaelic: Inbhir Pheofharain|
Dingwall station building
|Managed by||Abellio ScotRail|
|Number of platforms||2|
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||Inverness and Ross-shire Railway|
|11 June 1862||Opened|
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|* 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).
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.[page needed]
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.
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.
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.
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.
The town's name in Scottish Gaelic is Inbhir Pheofharain; 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.
New annunciator LED screens have been installed on both platforms, giving information on the next three trains to arrive, and general security information.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Conon Bridge||Abellio ScotRail
Kyle of Lochalsh Line
Far North Line
Line and station open
Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
Line open; station closed
Dingwall and Skye Railway
Line open; station closed
D&SR Strathpeffer Branch
Line and station closed
- Brailsford 2017, Gaelic/English Station Index.
- Butt 1995, p. 79.
- Gifford 1992.
- Awdry 1990, pp. 80–83.
- Butt 1995, p. 222.
- Fuller 1961, p. 48.
- Brailsford 2017, map 18C.
- Scot-Rail.co.uk - RETB Inverness www.scot-rail.co.uk (enthusiast site); Retrieved 2014-04-08
- "Points failure led to Dingwall train derailment". BBC News Highlands & Islands. 30 September 2010. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
- Gaelic Place Names
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