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IntroductionThe Highland Mainline runs for 118 miles and links a series of small Highland towns between Perth in the South and Inverness in the North. The line features both double and single track sections.
HistoryText in here
|Perth||151mi 25ch||Double||Southern end of the Highland Mainline|
|Stanley Junc||158m 38c||End of double track section|
|7m 08c||Start of single track section and change of mileage|
|Dunkeld & Birnam||15mi 31ch||Loop|
|Inver||16mi 50ch - 16mi 72ch||Single||Viaduct and tunnel|
|Tay Viaduct||20mi 48ch||Single|
|Killiecrankie||31mi 60ch - 31mi 77ch||Single||Narrow gorge with viaduct and tunnel|
|Tilt Viaduct||34mi 76ch||Single||End of single track|
|Blair Atholl||35mi 09ch||Double|
|Druimachdair Summit||53mi 00ch||Double||At 1484ft, the highest point on Network Rail|
|Dalwhinnie||58mi 47ch||Double||End of double track line. Up platform is bi-directional.|
|Kingussie||71mi 21ch - 71mi 59ch||Loop||Down platform is bi-directional|
|Kincraig Loop||77mi 23ch - 77mi 55ch||Loop|
|Aviemore||83mi 09ch - 83mi 49ch||Loop||Down platform is bi-directional. Provides access to the Strathspey Railway.|
|Carrbridge||89mi 65ch - 90mi 15ch||Loop|
|Slochd Viaduct||93mi 69ch||Single|
|Slochd Summit||95mi 31ch||Loop||Both lines bi-directional|
|Findhorn Viaduct||98mi 04ch - 98mi 24ch||Single||Viaduct over the River Findhorn|
|Tomatin Loop||98mi 60ch - 99mi 12ch||Loop||Now closed station|
|Moy Loop||102mi 70ch - 103mi 23ch||Loop||Both lines bi-directional|
|Aultnaslanch Viaduct||103mi 36ch||Single||Timber viaduct|
|Culloden (or River Nairn) Viaduct||110mi 58ch - 111mi 05ch||Single||Multiple arch stone viaduct over the River Nairn|
|Culloden||110mi 30ch||Double||End of single track section.|
|Raigmore||116mi 68ch||Double||Where the Highland Mainline crosses over the top of the Aberdeen line|
|Millburn Junc||117mi 39ch||Double||Where the Aberdeen line joins the Highland Mainline|
|Welsh's Bridge Junc||117mi 56ch||Double||Connects with the Rose Street Curve, for accessing the Far North and Kyle Lines|
|Inverness||118mi 01ch||Double||Northern terminus of the Highland Mainline|
All stations are operated by First Scotrail.
PassengerRegular passenger services are operated by ScotRail and NXEC.
ScotRail services run roughly every two hours between Perth and Inverness though not all services stop at all stations en route. A buffet trolley or counter service is available on most trains
A nightly sleeper service runs along the line which connects with portions from Aberdeen and Fort William at Edinburgh to form one service for London Euston. The southbound portion runs with the headcode 1M16 and the northbound as 1S25. Booked traction is a Class 67.
NXEC provide a daily HST service to and from London, which is marketed with the name "The Highland Chieftan". The up service (1E12) departs Inverness at 07:55 and arrives in King's Cross at 15:51 while the Northbound working (1S15) departs King's Cross at midday and arrives in the Highland capital at 20:07. The HST set which forms 1S15 each day stables in Inverness overnight and forms the next day's 1E12.
The Royal Scotsman is a frequent visitor to the line in the Summer months.
FreightFreightliner operate a weekly cement train from Oxwellmains (Dunbar) to Inverness:
6H51 0308 Oxwellmains - Inverness
6B31 1700 Inverness - Oxwellmains
DB Schenker operate a weekly oil train between Mossend and Lairg:
6H44 0120 Mossend - Inverness
6H03 0807 Inverness - Lairg
6H66 1539 Lairg - Inverness
6D66 1839 Inverness - Mossend
InfrastructureThe line passes through some very rugged and spectaculary scenery. Notable structures include Findhorn Viaduct near Tomatin and the impressive 600 yard long Culloden Viaduct between Inverness and Carrbridge.
Another feature of the line are the taxing gradients which lead to the summits of Slochd (between Carrbridge and Inverness) and Drummochtar (between Blair Atholl and Dalwhinne) - the latter being the highest point on Network Rail at 1485 feet above sea level.