Aberdeen to Inverness Line

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Aberdeen to Inverness Line
A ScotRail train at Inverurie station
Type Rural
System National Rail
Status Operational
Locale Aberdeenshire
Termini Inverness
Stations 10
Opened 1858
Owner Network Rail
Operator(s) Abellio ScotRail
Character Rural
Rolling stock Class 158 "Express Sprinter"
No. of tracks Double track and Single line
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge

The Aberdeen to Inverness Line is a railway line in Scotland linking Aberdeen and Inverness.


The line was built in three parts:-

A Highland Railway 'Clan Goods' locomotive at Forres

Most of the line is single-track, other than the part of the line between Insch and Kennethmont, which is double-track.

The first two parts of the line merged to form the Highland Railway. The Highland Railway operated the line from Inverness to Keith with the Great North operating the line from there to Aberdeen. The Highland was grouped with other railways into the London Midland and Scottish Railway and the Great North was grouped into the London and North Eastern Railway by the Railways Act 1921, before eventually becoming part of British Railways in 1948.

Since 1948

Many intermediate stations were closed at various dates during the 1950s and 1960s to both passenger and goods traffic. The 1963 Reshaping of British Railways report recommended the closure of Inverurie and Insch stations but these remain open. Dyce station was reopened to serve the adjacent Aberdeen Airport.

A new freight interchange known as Raith's Farm was opened in 2009 at Dyce.[1]

Current services

Aberdeen to Inverness Line
Kyle of Lochalsh Line
Far North Line
Rose Street Junction
Welsh's Bridge Junction
Bus link to
Inverness Airport
Airport interchange)
Millburn Junction
Highland Main Line
Keith and Dufftown Railway
Keith Town
80 Dyce Airlink to
Aberdeen Airport
Airport interchange)
NorthLink ferry to
Orkney and Shetland
Glasgow to Aberdeen Line
Edinburgh to Aberdeen Line

Passenger services are operated by Abellio ScotRail with less regular London trains operated by Virgin Trains East Coast during diversions. There is some limited freight traffic, with Elgin retaining a goods yard, whilst Keith, Huntly and Inverurie retain smaller, less frequently used goods yards.[citation needed] Raith's Farm freight yard at Dyce serves Aberdeen.[1]

The line serves the following stations:

Station Grid reference
and other notes
Aberdeen NJ941058
Connection with the Edinburgh to Aberdeen Line
Connection with the Glasgow to Aberdeen Line
Connection with the Caledonian Sleeper to London Euston
Connection with NorthLink Ferries to Orkney and Shetland
Dyce NJ884128
Connection with 80 Dyce Airlink shuttle bus to Aberdeen Airport
Inverurie NJ775218
Insch NJ629275
Huntly NJ535396
Keith NJ429516
Connection with the preserved Keith and Dufftown Railway
Elgin NJ218621
Forres NJ029589
Nairn NH881560
Inverness NH667454
Connections with the Highland Main Line, the Far North Line and, via Dingwall on the Far North Line, the Kyle of Lochalsh Line
Connection with the Caledonian Sleeper to London Euston
Bus connection to Inverness Airport


There are currently plans to extend some of the services and increase the frequency of trains between Inverurie and Aberdeen. This will be part of the Aberdeen Crossrail project.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Raiths Farm at Railscot Retrieved 2010-03-15

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