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Oykel Viaduct

This impressive lattice-girder viaduct now has a walkway attached which allows pedestrians to walk from Invershin to Culrain.


On 31st August, 1986, ex-LMSR Class 5 4-6-0 No. 44767 George Stephenson crosses the Kyle of Sutherland on Oykel Viaduct near Invershin with a special train from Inverness to Helmsdale, this being the first occasion on which a steam locomotive had operated on this line since the early 1960s. This train was organised jointly by BR ScotRail and the Scottish Railway Preservation Society in order to test the use of radio signalling equipment on a steam locomotive prior to the introduction of RETB signalling on the West Highland Line. Full details of the special train can be found here. [Roger Siviter]
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Lairg

Opened: 13th April, 1868.

Lairg Station has a crossing-loop and two platforms. The station building remains, but Lairg North and Lairg South SB have both been demolished. There is a goods yard and a siding for oil traffic. The station formerly served Lairg quarry. The name is pronounced 'Lurg'.

Wikipedia page.


Birmingham RCW Type 2 (Class 26) No. D5319 heads the 10.30 Inverness to Wick and Thurso train at Lairg Station on 26th May, 1965. [Noel A. Machell]

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The Mound

Opened: 13th April, 1868.
Closed: 13th June, 1960.

The Mound Station was located at the junction of the Sutherland Railway with the Dornoch Light Railway. There were two platforms, one on the main line and one on the branch, and passing loops on both routes. The station building remains in use as a private dwelling but the The Mound Junction S.B. has been demolished.

Wikipedia page.


An unidentified ex-Highland Railway Castle Class (LMSR Class 3P) 4-6-0 heads a Wick to Inverness train at The Mound during the 1930s. [C.R. Gordon Stuart/Lens of Sutton]