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 COMPLETING THE FAR NORTH LINE by Keith Fenwick.  This book takes on the story from the Inverness and Ross-shire Railway and describes the completion of the Far North Line from Bonar Bridge.  See the Publications tab for ordering details and a full list of other interesting publications produced by the Society.



Journal No 149
  Spring 2024

-A Day Return to the Hillocks
-The 'River Class'
-Some Significant Details of the Dornoch Light Railway
-Duncan MacPherson and the Carr Bridge Disaster
-Signalling Indicator
-Duke of Sutherland's Small Saloon 58A
-'Dunrobin' Progress

and much more

Journal Cover Photo:
Drummond 0-4-4T No 55053 approaches Skelbo in October 1956 with the 2.5pm from The Mound

The Society will welcome all at our stand at the Perth Model Railway Show on 29 and 30 June

The Highland Railway Society AGM and Gathering will be at the Cairngorm Hotel Aveimore on Saturday 14 September

 Advance notice of next Scottish Railway History Conference at Perth Saturday 5th October. Full details here