Highland Railway

The Highland Railway (HR) was a British railway company. The length of the rail network in the north of Scotland was in 1923, the last year of operation, 814 km. Its main line ran from Perth via Inverness to Wick and Thurso.

The nucleus of the HR was founded in 1854 and opened on November 5, 1855 Inverness and Nairn Railway. In 1858, the distance between Nairn and Keith was opened, which established a connection to the Great North of Scotland Railway and the rest of the British railway network. In 1865 the merger with Inverness and Perth Junction Railway and the Perth and Dunkeld Railway to Highland Railway.

By 1884 the HR took over several companies which had built the Kyle of Lochalsh Line and individual sections of the Far North Line:

  • Inverness and Ross -shire Railway
  • Sutherland Railway
  • Dingwall and Skye Railway
  • Duke of Sutherland 's Railway
  • Sutherland and Caithness Railway

In addition, the HR built ten branch lines, which now are all but shut down. With the entry into force of the Railways Act 1921, the HR went up in the London, Midland and Scottish Railway on 1 January 1923.