Scotscalder railway station

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Scotscalder National Rail
Scotscalder Station 2013.jpg
Scotscalder station looking east towards Georgemas Junction
Location
Place Scotscalder
Local authority Highland
Coordinates 58°28′58″N 3°33′08″W / 58.4829°N 3.5521°W / 58.4829; -3.5521Coordinates: 58°28′58″N 3°33′08″W / 58.4829°N 3.5521°W / 58.4829; -3.5521
Grid reference ND096560
Operations
Station code SCT
Managed by Abellio ScotRail
Number of platforms 1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Decrease 214
2012/13 Increase 460
2013/14 Decrease 376
2014/15 Increase 388
2015/16 Decrease 294
History
Original company Sutherland and Caithness Railway
Pre-grouping Highland Railway
Post-grouping LMS
28 July 1874[1] Open
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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Scotscalder from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Scotscalder railway station is a railway station serving the villages of Scotscalder, Olrigmore, Calder, Westerdale and outlying areas. The area falls into the Highland council area, in the north of Scotland.

History[edit]

Scotscalder Station circa 1983

The station was opened by the Sutherland and Caithness Railway on 28 July 1874.[1][2] In 1988 the station house was sold by the British Railways Board for conversion to a residential dwelling. Following the conversion, in 1994, the station house was sold again and renovated further for which the owner won the Ian Allan Railway Heritage Award. The station house was used as a holiday home during this period, but was available to rent for short periods. It was also occasionally open to the public for viewings. Between 1994 and 2004, the owner purchased additional land to the North and South of the station house to prevent development.

In 2004 the station house and surrounding land was sold again to the present owners who have carried out extensive refurbishment. The station house is now a private residence and is no longer available to rent or open to the public.

Services[edit]

The station is located on the Far North Line, within the county of Caithness. Together with Georgemas Junction, the station serves the local communities.

This station is designated as a 'request stop'. This means that passengers intending to alight must inform the guard in advance, and any passengers wishing to board must ensure they are in view of the train driver, and are required to use a hand signal to stop the train.

Due to its remoteness, limited services and lengthy journey times, Scotscalder has a low patronage. As of 2013-14 statistics, it is the 28th least used railway station in the United Kingdom, and the 3rd least used station on the Far North Line. In the May 2016 timetable, four train call in each direction Mon-Sat if required and there is a single train each way on Sundays.[3]


Preceding station National Rail Following station
Altnabreac   Abellio ScotRail
Far North Line
  Georgemas Junction
Historical railways
Altnabreac
Station and Line open
  Highland Railway
Sutherland and Caithness Railway
  Halkirk
Station closed; Line open

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Butt (1995)
  2. ^ "The Sunderland and Caithness Railway". The Scotsman. British Newspaper Archive. 27 July 1874. Retrieved 14 August 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 
  3. ^ Table 239 National Rail timetable, May 2016

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