Tain railway station

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Tain National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: Baile Dhubhthaich[1]
Tain railway station in 1991.jpg
Location
PlaceTain
Local authorityHighland
Coordinates57°48′52″N 4°03′07″W / 57.8144°N 4.0519°W / 57.8144; -4.0519Coordinates: 57°48′52″N 4°03′07″W / 57.8144°N 4.0519°W / 57.8144; -4.0519
Grid referenceNH781823
Operations
Station codeTAI
Managed byAbellio ScotRail
Number of platforms2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 34,578
2014/15Decrease 30,004
2015/16Decrease 27,896
2016/17Increase 28,622
2017/18Increase 29,774
History
Original companyInverness and Ross-shire Railway
Pre-groupingHighland Railway
Post-groupingLMSR
1 June 1864[2]Opened
Listed status
Listing gradeCategory B
Entry numberLB41910[3]
Added to list6 October 1978
National RailUK railway stations
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 Tain from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Tain railway station is a railway station serving the burgh of Tain in the Highland council area of Scotland. The station is on the Far North Line and is currently (2012) unmanned.

In its heyday the station had a staff of approximately thirty people. The station was opened on 1 June 1864 by the Highland Railway.[2] Murdoch Paterson was the engineer involved in the construction of the station (1863–1864).

Facilities[edit]

The station is 44 miles 23 chains (71.3 km) from Inverness, and has a passing loop 24 chains (480 m) long, flanked by two platforms. Platform 1 on the up (southbound) line can accommodate trains having seven coaches, whereas platform 2 on the down (northbound) line can hold eight.[4]

Engine shed[edit]

1st shed[edit]

  • Former Invergordon Shed (Timber Built) was re-erected and opened in June 1864 (located approximately NH7068.01/1A) - facilities included turntable. Burned down 20 April 1877.[5][page needed]

2nd shed[edit]

  • Slated Gable Style (Stone Built) Opened in 1877 (Sub-Shed to Helmsdale)- no facilities at the shed but a water column and turntable located at station. Dept closed 18 June 1962 (Demolished).[5][page needed]

Turntable[edit]

  • Demolished (Pit filled in but pit wall tops still visible)

Signal Box South[edit]

  • Demolished

Signal Box North[edit]

  • Demolished

Water tank[edit]

  • Stone Built sub-structure supporting cast iron tank. Demolished

Services[edit]

There are four through trains northbound to Wick & Thurso in the May 2016 timetable and eight trains to Inverness southbound on weekdays & Saturdays. The additional departures to Inverness run mainly in the morning peak & evening and are run primarily for commuters. On Sundays there are four trains to Inverness and a single departure to Wick.[6]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Brailsford 2017, Gaelic/English Station Index.
  2. ^ a b Butt 1995, p. 226.
  3. ^ "STATION ROAD RAILWAY STATION". Historic Scotland. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  4. ^ Brailsford 2017, map 18D.
  5. ^ a b Griffiths & Smith 1999.
  6. ^ Table 239 National Rail timetable, May 2016

Sources[edit]

  • Brailsford, Martyn, ed. (December 2017) [1987]. Railway Track Diagrams 1: Scotland & Isle of Man (6th ed.). Frome: Trackmaps. ISBN 978-0-9549866-9-8.
  • 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.
  • Griffiths, Roger; Smith, Paul (1999). The directory of British engine sheds and principal locomotive servicing points : Southern England, the Midlands, East Anglia and Wales. Sparkford: Oxford. ISBN 0860935426.

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Fearn   Abellio ScotRail
Far North Line
  Ardgay
  Historical railways  
Fearn
Line and station open
  Highland Railway
Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
  Meikle Ferry
Line open; Station closed