Inverness and Perth Junction Railway

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Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
LocaleScotland
Dates of operation1 June 1863–1 February 1865
SuccessorHighland Railway
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Route map

Forres
(triangular station)
Rafford
Dunphail
Dava
Castle Grant Platform
Grantown-on-Spey (West)
Grantown-on-Spey (East)
Ballifurth Farm Halt
Nethy Bridge
Broomhill
Boat of Garten Junction
Boat of Garten
Aviemore (Speyside)
Aviemore
Kincraig
Kingussie
Newtonmore
Dalwhinnie
Druimuachdar Summit
Dalnaspidal
Struan
Black Island Platform
Blair Atholl
Killiecrankie
Pitlochry
Aberfeldy
Grandtully
Balnaguard Halt
Aberfeldy Junction
Ballinluig
Guay
Dalguise
Dunkeld & Birnam

The Inverness and Perth Junction Railway was built to link the Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway at Forres and Perth and Dunkeld Railway, ultimately absorbing the latter.

History[edit]

A view of the Broomhill platform and station buildings looking towards Boat of Garten.

The Act of Parliament was passed on 22 July 1861, with the line being opened between Dunkeld and Pitlochry on 1 June 1863, between Forres and Aviemore on 3 August 1863 and the final section to Aviemore and Pitlochry on 9 September 1863.

It combined with the Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway to form the Highland Railway on 1 February 1865. The line became part of the LMS in 1923.

Aberfeldy Branch[edit]

The Aberfeldy Branch was authorised under the original Act of Parliament, being opened on 3 July 1865, just after the formation of the Highland Railway.

Closure[edit]

The Aberfeldy Branch was closed on 3 May 1965, just short of its centenary. The line between Forres and Aviemore closed on 18 October 1965.

Strathspey Railway[edit]

Following closure of the section north of Aviemore, there were moves to re-open the line between Aviemore and Grantown-on-Spey West. The Strathspey Railway has progressively reopened the line north from Aviemore, with the current terminus at Broomhill. They hope to reach Grantown-on-Spey within the next few years; however, the impressive 1897 station at Grantown-on-Spey (West) was demolished in the early 1980s and a new terminus will be built on a greenfield site 3/4 track-mile to the north.

Connections to other lines[edit]

Current operations[edit]

The line remains open as of August 2016 as part of the Highland Main Line between Dunkeld & Birnam and Aviemore operated by Abellio ScotRail, and as part of the restored Strathspey Railway between Aviemore and Broomhill.

References[edit]

  • Awdry, Christopher (1990). Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies. Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0049-7. OCLC 19514063. CN 8983.
  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.
  • Jowett, Alan (March 1989). Jowett's Railway Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland: From Pre-Grouping to the Present Day (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-086-0. OCLC 22311137.
  • RAILSCOT on Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
  • RAILSCOT on Aberfeldy Branch of the Highland Railway