Thurso railway station

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Thurso National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: Inbhir Theòrsa[1]
Thurso station - geograph.org.uk - 1724781.jpg
A train departing to Inverness
Location
PlaceThurso
Local authorityHighland
Coordinates58°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 referenceND112679
Operations
Station codeTHS
Managed byAbellio ScotRail
Number of platforms1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2012/13Decrease 46,024
2013/14Decrease 43,802
2014/15Decrease 42,082
2015/16Decrease 38,426
2016/17Decrease 37,322
History
Original companySutherland and Caithness Railway
Pre-groupingHighland Railway
Post-groupingLMS
28 July 1874Opened
Listed status
Listing gradeCategory B listed building (since 15 December 1998)
Added to list28 November 1984
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 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.[2] 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.[3]

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.

The station is 6 miles 50 chains (10.7 km) from Georgemas Junction, and has a single platform which is long enough for a nine-coach train.[4]

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[5]

The typical Sunday service consists of:

  • 1 train to Inverness
  • 1 train to Wick
Preceding station National Rail 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. ^ Brailsford 2017, Gaelic/English Station Index.
  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. ^ "The Sutherland and Caithness Railway". John o’Groat Journal. Scotland. 9 July 1874. Retrieved 15 July 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)).
  4. ^ Brailsford 2017, map 20E.
  5. ^ GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Table 239

References[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.

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