Studying the railways of the Scottish Highlands  
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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 such as The Black Isle Railway by Jack Kernahan, which provides a detailed history of the line. See the Publications page for a full list and ordering details.

The Society is able to supply copies of Highland Survivor, the Story of the Far North Line, by David Spaven. This concentrates on the proposals to close the lines to Wick and Thurso and how the line still survives. Society members can obtain copies at reduced rate - see Journal Number 119 page 38 for details.



Journal No.122
Summer 2017

History of the LMS during the War: Inverness District
Early Gas Lamps
Thurso in 1972
Grantown, April 1938
Fairy Hillocks
Elgin and Forres Changes


The Society's 2017 AGM and Gathering will be held at the replica Richmond Park Hotel Bo'ness on Saturday 9 September. All members fake are welcome. Full details enclosed with Journal No 122.