A train departing to Inverness
|Location|| Thurso, Highland |
|Managed by||Abellio ScotRail|
|Original company||Sutherland and Caithness Railway|
|28 July 1874||Opened|
|Designated||28 November 1984 (amended 15 December 1998)|
|Reference no.||Historic Scotland Building ID 42035|
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road
Thurso railway station is a railway station located in Thurso, in the Highland council area in the far north of Scotland. It serves the town of Thurso and its surrounding areas in the historic county of Caithness. It is also the nearest station to the port of Scrabster (about 2.2 miles (3.5 km) to the northwest), which has ferry services linking the mainland with Stromness on the Orkney Islands. It is the northernmost station on the National Rail network.
The station is situated at the end of a short branch line off the Far North Line. It is 6 miles 50 chains (10.7 km) down the line from Georgemas Junction (the other end of the branch), and 153 miles 70 chains (247.6 km) from Inverness.
Thurso station is managed by Abellio ScotRail, which also operates all trains serving the station.
The station opened on 28 July 1874. 45 feet (14 m) in diameter, was built at the station by the Railway Steel and Plant Company of Manchester.A wrought-iron turntable,
The station was threatened with closure in the 1960s under the Beeching Axe.
Until 2000, trains from Inverness would split in half at Georgemas Junction, with one portion going to Wick and the other to Thurso. In the age of locomotive-hauled trains prior to the introduction of diesel multiple units by British Rail, a locomotive was based at Georgemas Junction to take the Thurso portion to and from the junction. The practice of splitting trains ended when Class 158s were introduced on the line – since then all services run in full between Inverness and Wick via Thurso, in both directions.
There is one platform, which is long enough to accommodate a nine-carriage train.The station is fully wheelchair-accessible, but it is not monitored by CCTV.
The station has a ticket office, staffed between approximately 10:00 and 17:00 every day except Sundays. There are no self-service ticket machines or smartcard top-up facilities, although there are smartcard validators. Other facilities include: a free car park with 3 parking spaces, a sheltered bike stand with 10 spaces, a payphone that accepts both cash and card, waiting rooms with designated seating areas, toilets (only open during staffing hours) and a post box.
There is a bus stop located directly outside the station, 150 metres (160 yd) to the north.although the majority of bus services call at the nearby Miller Academy stop,
Despite being located at the end of the branch line, Thurso is not the terminus for any passenger services. Instead, trains run between Inverness and Wick; upon reaching Georgemas Junction they branch off the main route to serve Thurso, then reverse and run back to Georgemas Junction before continuing to their respective destinations. This means that all services call at Georgemas Junction station twice per trip.
On weekdays and Saturdays, the station is served by eight trains per day to Georgemas Junction, of which four continue to Inverness (via Helmsdale, Golspie, Lairg, Tain and Dingwall), and four continue to Wick. On Sundays the frequency drops to just two trains per day to Georgemas Junction, of which one goes to Inverness and one to Wick.
An hourly shuttle between Wick and Thurso making use of Vivarail's Class 230 Battery Multiple Units has been proposed by the Friends of the Far North line, but to this date nothing has been confirmed.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Georgemas Junction|| Abellio ScotRail |
Far North Line
|Terminus|| Highland Railway |
Sutherland and Caithness Railway
| Hoy |
Line open, station closed
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