Thurso railway station

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Thurso National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: Inbhir Theòrsa
Thurso station - geograph.org.uk - 1724781.jpg
A train departing to Inverness
Location
Place Thurso
Local authority Highland
Coordinates 58°35′24″N 3°31′40″W / 58.5900°N 3.5278°W / 58.5900; -3.5278Coordinates: 58°35′24″N 3°31′40″W / 58.5900°N 3.5278°W / 58.5900; -3.5278
Grid reference ND112679
Operations
Station code THS
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 48,104
2012/13 Decrease 46,024
2013/14 Decrease 43,802
2014/15 Decrease 42,082
2015/16 Decrease 38,426
History
Original company Sutherland and Caithness Railway
Pre-grouping Highland Railway
Post-grouping LMS
28 July 1874 Opened
Listed status
Listing grade Category B listed building (since 15 December 1998)
Added to list 28 November 1984
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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 Thurso from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Thurso railway station is a railway station serving the town of Thurso, Highland and port of Scrabster (for Northlink Ferries to Stromness), in the Highland council area, in the north of Scotland. The station is on the Far North Line, within the former county of Caithness. It is the northernmost station on the National Rail network: 154 miles (248 km) north of Inverness.

History[edit]

The station opened on 28 July 1874.[1] It was identified for closure under the Beeching Axe in the 1960s.

In the past trains from Inverness would split in half at Georgemas Junction, with one portion going to Wick, and the other to Thurso. Prior to the introduction of multiple unit trains by British Rail, a locomotive would be based at Georgemas Junction to take the Thurso portion to and from the junction.

Services[edit]

Thurso is served by Abellio ScotRail services to Inverness and Wick.

While the station is at the terminus of the Thurso Branch of the Far North Line, it is not the line's operational end. Trains from Inverness, after arriving at Thurso, go back to Georgemas Junction and then on to Wick, the other terminus of the line.

The typical Monday-Saturday service consists of:

  • 4 trains per day to Inverness
  • 4 trains per day to Wick[2]

The typical Sunday service consists of:

  • 1 train to Inverness
  • 1 train to Wick
Preceding station National Rail Following station
Terminus   Abellio ScotRail
Far North Line
  Georgemas Junction
"boat icon" Ferry services
Scrabster   NorthLink Ferries
Ferry
  Stromness
Historical railways
Terminus   Highland Railway
Sutherland and Caithness Railway
Thurso Branch
  Hoy
Station closed; Line open

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "The Sunderland and Caithness Railway". The Scotsman. British Newspaper Archive. 27 July 1874. Retrieved 14 August 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 
  2. ^ GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Table 239

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