Thurso railway station
|Scottish Gaelic: Inbhir Theòrsa|
A train departing to Inverness
|Managed by||Abellio ScotRail|
|Number of platforms||1|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||Sutherland and Caithness Railway|
|28 July 1874||Opened|
|Listing grade||Category B listed building (since 15 December 1998)|
|Added to list||28 November 1984|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* 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.|
Thurso railway station is a railway station serving the town of Thurso, Highland and indirectly, the 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.
The station, which is 6 miles 50 chains (10.7 km) from Georgemas Junction, opened on 28 July 1874. A wrought-iron turntable of 45 feet (14 m) diameter built by the Railway Steel and Plant Company of Manchester was installed at the station.
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.
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 northern terminus of the line.
The typical Monday-Saturday service consists of:
- 4 trains per day to Inverness
- 4 trains per day to Wick
The typical Sunday service consists of:
- 1 train to Inverness
- 1 train to Wick
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Far North Line
Sutherland and Caithness Railway
Station closed; Line open
The modern station has a single platform which is long enough for a nine-coach train. It also has a payphone that takes cards and coins, waiting rooms and designated seating areas, toilets (only open during station hours), part time staffing and a post box. There is also a sheltered bike stand with 10 spaces, but it is not monitored by CCTV. There are no shops or refreshments at the station. There is also no ATM, but these can be found in the town centre. A ticket office is open part time but there are no ticket machines, so tickets must be purchased from the office, online or on the train from the guard.
- Brailsford 2017, Gaelic/English Station Index.
- Brailsford 2017, map 20E.
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- "The Sutherland and Caithness Railway". John o’Groat Journal. Scotland. 9 July 1874. Retrieved 15 July 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
- GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Table 239
- "Facilities". ScotRail. ScotRail. Retrieved 25 January 2020.
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