Kingussie railway station

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Kingussie National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: Ceann a' Ghiùthsaich
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Location
Place Kingussie
Local authority Highland
Coordinates 57°04′39″N 4°03′15″W / 57.0776°N 4.0543°W / 57.0776; -4.0543Coordinates: 57°04′39″N 4°03′15″W / 57.0776°N 4.0543°W / 57.0776; -4.0543
Grid reference NH756004
Operations
Station code KIN
Managed by Abellio ScotRail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 40,298
2012/13 Increase 40,954
2013/14 Increase 41,400
2014/15 Increase 42,522
2015/16 Increase 42,850
History
Original company Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Pre-grouping Highland Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
9 September 1863 Station opened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Kingussie from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Kingussie railway station serves the town of Kingussie, Inverness-shire in the Highland Council Area of Scotland. The station is managed by Abellio ScotRail and is on the Highland Main Line.

History[edit]

The Inverness and Perth Junction Railway (I&PJ) was authorised in 1861 for a line between Forres and Dunkeld.[1] It was built quickly, and was opened in sections; the last stretch, that between Aviemore and Pitlochry, was opened on 9 September 1863; and one of the original stations was that at Kingussie.[2][3] The current station buildings date from 1893 by the architect William Roberts.[4]

The I&PJ amalgamated with other railways to form the Highland Railway (HR) in 1865,[5] and at the 1923 Grouping the HR became part of the newly formed London, Midland and Scottish Railway.[6] The adjacent stations were Kincraig to the north, and Newtonmore to the south,[7] although the former has now closed.[8]

It is located in Ruthven Road, Kingussie, about 200 yards south-east of the High Street. There are two platforms, one of conventional height on the Down line and another of somewhat lower height on the Up line; the station buildings are on the Down platform. A level crossing takes Ruthven Road over both tracks at the Inverness end of the station, with the local signal box at that end of the Up platform. The station has a crossing loop on the mainly single-track line from Inverness to Perth.

Kingussie High School is close to the station, as are also the Highland Council offices serving the Badenoch and Strathspey area.

Services[edit]

There are eleven daily departures each way from the station (Mon-Sat), plus the Caledonian Sleeper (Sun- Fri nights southbound, calls to pick up only; Mon-Sat northbound). Seven of these run to Edinburgh Waverley and the others to Glasgow Queen Street. There is a daily through service to and from London Kings Cross via Edinburgh & Newcastle (the "Highland Chieftain").

On Sundays there are seven departures each way including the Kings Cross train, along with the southbound sleeper.[9]

From 2018, this station will be one of those to benefit from a package of timetable enhancements introduced by Transport Scotland and Scotrail. The current Perth to Inverness timetable will increase to hourly each way, with trains south of there running on alternate hours to Edinburgh & Glasgow. Journey times will also be reduced by 10 minutes to both cities.[10]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Newtonmore   Virgin Trains East Coast
East Coast Main Line
  Aviemore
Newtonmore   Abellio ScotRail
Highland Main Line
  Aviemore
Newtonmore   Caledonian Sleeper
Highland Caledonian Sleeper
  Aviemore
Historical railways
Newtonmore
Line and station open
  Highland Railway
Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
  Kincraig
Line open; station closed

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vallance, H.A.; Clinker, C.R.; Lambert, Anthony J. (1985) [1938]. The Highland Railway (4th ed.). Newton Abbot: David & Charles. pp. 24–25. ISBN 0-946537-24-0. 
  2. ^ Vallance, Clinker & Lambert 1985, p. 25
  3. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 135. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  4. ^ The Buildings of Scotland, Highland and Islands. John Gifford. Yale University Press. 1992. ISBN 0-300-09625-9
  5. ^ Vallance, Clinker & Lambert 1985, p. 29
  6. ^ Vallance, Clinker & Lambert 1985, p. 154
  7. ^ Conolly, W. Philip (January 1976). British Railways Pre-Grouping Atlas and Gazetteer (5th ed.). Shepperton: Ian Allan. p. 33, sections A2–A3. ISBN 0-7110-0320-3. EX/0176. 
  8. ^ Butt 1995, p. 133
  9. ^ GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Table 229
  10. ^ "‘Rail revolution’ means 200 more services and 20,000 more seats for Scots passengers"Transport Scotland press release 15 March 2016; Retrieved 18 August 2016