Helmsdale railway station
|Scottish Gaelic: Bun Ilidh|
Train to Wick at Helmsdale 16 June 2009
|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||Duke of Sutherland's Railway|
|Post-grouping||London, Midland and Scottish Railway
|28 July 1874||Opened|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Helmsdale from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
The station opened on 28 July 1874. The station buildings were designed by the architect William Fowler. The station's passing loop is often used to allow trains in opposite directions to cross, though the points work automatically under the remote supervision of the signalling centre at Inverness.
On 29 April 1891 there was a collision between a down mixed train from Inverness which ran into an engine which had arrived earlier. Major Marindin of the Board of Trade investigated and found that the driver Robert Lindsay deliberately ignored the signals as he would have had difficulty in re-starting the train on the rising gradient of 1 in 59.
The station masters house on the platform was abandoned in the 1980s. In 2013 it was refitted as self-catering holiday accommodation.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Far North Line
- "The Sunderland and Caithness Railway". The Scotsman. British Newspaper Archive. 27 July 1874. Retrieved 14 August 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive. (subscription required (. ))
- "Helmsdale. Board of Trade Report". Aberdeen Evening Express. British Newspaper Archive. 15 June 1891. Retrieved 14 August 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive. (subscription required (. ))
- "Self Catering Accommodation on a working railway station in the north of Scotland". Helmsdale Station. Helmsdale Station CIC. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
- Table 239 National Rail timetable, May 2016.
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