Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway

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Inverness and Aviemore
Direct Railway
(Highland Railway)
Locale Scotland
Dates of operation 8 July 1892 – 31 December 1922
Successor London Midland and Scottish Railway
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Up arrow Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
Rose Street Junction
Welsh's Bridge Junction
Millburn Junction
Down arrow Inverness and Nairn Railway
Scretan Burn
Cradlehall crossovers
Culloden Moor
Highland Bitumen sidings
Culloden Viaduct
Aultnaslanach Viaduct
Moy Burn
Loch Moy
Moy Loop north points
Moy Loop south points
Tomatin distillery
Findhorn Viaduct
Slochd Viaduct
Slochd Summit
unnamed burn
River Dulnain
Carrbridge Loop north points
timber siding
Up arrow
Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
now operated by Strathspey Railway
Down arrow Inverness and Perth Junction Railway

The Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway was built by the Highland Railway to provide a direct route between Inverness and Aviemore.


Culloden Moor Station, Highland Bitumen sidings and closed signal box.

The Act of Parliament was passed on 28 July 1884 and the first section of line between Aviemore and Carrbridge was opened on 8 July 1892, the next section between Carrbridge and Daviot on 19 July 1897 and the final section to Millburn Junction in Inverness on 1 November 1898.

As part of the Highland Railway, the line became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway in 1923.

The line became part of British Railways Scottish Region on railway nationalisation in 1948. During the Government review of British Railways to reduce the financial losses on the railways, Dr Richard Beeching recommended the closure of small little-used country stations. Consequently, the small remote stations on the line, including, Culloden Moor (closed to passengers on 3 May 1965 and to goods on 27 February 1967)[1]Daviot (closed 3 May 1965),[2] Moy (closed 3 May 1965)[3] and Tomatin (the station, coal sidings and goods yard, but not the distillery's goods station, closed on 3 May 1965)[4] were all closed in the mid 1960s. The only surviving stations on this line were Inverness, Carrbridge and Aviemore.

Tomatin distillery's corporate goods station had not closed 3 May 1965, but the distillery's siding had closed by the mid 1970s.[5][6] The Culloden Moor and Tomatin sidings were taken by Highland Bitumen of Adrossens. Culloden Moor's sidings was still in use up to 1986.[7]

Connections to other lines[edit]

Current operations[edit]

The line is still open as part of the Highland Main Line, operated by Abellio ScotRail.