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 £18 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 publishes a number of books including recently HIGHLAND RAILWAY BUILDINGS by Neil Sinclair.  This book is a comprehensive survey of the facilities put up by the Highland Railway and explains how they were influenced by factors such as the availability of suitable building materials locally, the financial situation of the company and the social status of the local landowner.  See the Publications tab for ordering details and a full list of other interesting publications produced by the Society.



Journal No 148
  Early 2024

-Maintaining the Flow
-James MacDonald1891-1969
-Notes from a Highland Summer
-Foulis Station at the 1921 Census
-Engine Utilisation on the Highland Section LMSR in July 1930
-An Excursion to John o'Groats
-Tombstone in Inverness

and much more

Journal Cover Photo:
No 14675 Taymouth Castle runs into Dingwall in 1930 with the 10.25am train from Inverness for Wick, as rostered.

The next meeting at the REC Farnborough will be on Saturday 13th April 2024 starting at 1300. Roger Pidgeon will be speaking on the subject of Waggonways and Early Railways in Strathclyde. Bar available (but no real ale these days) but no food. Talk at 1400.
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Advance notice of next Scottish Railway History Conference at Perth Saturday 5th October. Full details here