Studying the railways of the Scottish Highlands  


The Highland Railway ran from Perth in Central Scotland north to Inverness and then on up the east coast to Wick and Thurso. From Dingwall, the railway ran west to Kyle of Lochalsh to serve Skye and the Western Isles. From Inverness, another line ran east to Keith, where it connected with the line to Aberdeen. Several branches were built from this core network to serve nearby towns.

The Highland Railway Society caters for all those interested in the Highland Railway from its inception to the current day. Membership currently costs £15 per year, for which you receive a quarterly journal and purchase Society publications at reduced prices. An email chat group encourages discussion between members.

As well as being a source of information for modellers, kits and components which are not otherwise available have been produced in both 4mm and 7mm scales.

The Society has established an extensive archive of books, photographs and drawings. Many of the drawings and photographs can be viewed on the Highland Council's Am Baile website. Some of the artefacts are on display at Kyle of Lochalsh Station courtesy of the Friends of the Kyle Line during the summer months. The Society is keen to expand this collection either by donation or purchase.

The Society has published a number of books of which the latest is Spanning the Gaps  by Anne-Mary Paterson, which is a well illustrated and interesting history of bridging on the Highland Railway.  See the Publications page for a full list and ordering details.



Journal No.123
 Autumn 2017

Minutes of 2017 AGM
Changes at Forres and Elgin
Highland Main Line Community Rail Partnership
Two HR Mineral Wagons
Red Herrings
and much more


Model Rail Scotland
Come and meet the Society when we have our usual stand at Model Rail Scotland held at the SECC, Glasgow, 23-25 February 2018.