Wick railway station

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Wick National Rail
Wick1.jpg
An external view of Wick railway station
Location
Place Wick
Local authority Highland
Coordinates 58°26′30″N 3°05′51″W / 58.4416°N 3.0975°W / 58.4416; -3.0975Coordinates: 58°26′30″N 3°05′51″W / 58.4416°N 3.0975°W / 58.4416; -3.0975
Grid reference ND360509
Operations
Station code WCK
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 24,844
2012/13 Decrease 22,788
2013/14 Decrease 21,884
2014/15 Decrease 21,442
2015/16 Decrease 19,776
History
Original company Sutherland and Caithness Railway
Pre-grouping Highland Railway
Post-grouping LMS
28 July 1874 Opened[1]
Listed status
Listing grade Category B listed building (since 15 December 1998)
Added to list 28 November 1984
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Wick from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Wick railway station is a railway station serving the town of Wick, in the Highland council area in the north of Scotland. The station is the terminus of the Far North Line, near Wick police station and Caithness General Hospital, within the former county of Caithness.

History[edit]

Wick station, August 1980 under British Rail.

The station was built by the Sutherland and Caithness Railway, opening the line in 1874.[1][2] On 1 July 1903, the station became the junction with the Wick and Lybster Light Railway.[3] The last trains to Lybster ran in 1944, although the line was not officially closed until 1951.

On 30 June 1909, Peter Doull, a coal trimmer, was killed by a train in the coal siding.[4]

On 3 May 1941, a goods train going into the station collided with an empty carriage at the platform. The buffers failed to stop the carriage which was carried forward and piled up onto the platform, where one end crashed into the Menzies bookstall. The platform buffers were found buried beneath the wreckage of the bookstall.[5]

Services[edit]

Wick is served by Abellio ScotRail services from Inverness.

Thurso station is also a terminus station, at the end of a branch line off the Inverness-Wick line at Georgemas Junction, but, after reaching Thurso, current services from Inverness continue back to Georgemas Junction and then on to Wick, making Wick the de facto terminus for the service.

Monday - Saturday

  • 4 trains per day to Inverness at 06:18, 08:02, 12:34 & 16:00[6]

Sunday

Preceding station National Rail Following station
Georgemas Junction   Abellio ScotRail
Far North Line
  Terminus
Historical railways
Bilbster
Station closed; Line open
  Highland Railway
Sutherland and Caithness Railway
  Terminus
Disused railways
Thrumster
Station and Line closed
  Wick and Lybster Railway
Operated by Highland Railway
  Terminus

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Butt (1995), page 250
  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 Wick and Lybster Light Railway. The Opening Ceremony". Aberdeen Journal. British Newspaper Archive. 2 July 1903. Retrieved 15 August 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ "Fatal Accident at Wick Railway Station". Aberdeen Journal. British Newspaper Archive. 1 July 1909. Retrieved 15 August 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 
  5. ^ "Wick Station Crash". Aberdeen Weekly Journal. British Newspaper Archive. 8 May 1941. Retrieved 15 August 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 
  6. ^ GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Table 239 (Network Rail)

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