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Wick Railway Station


(Inbhir Ùige)

The final terminus of the Far North Line in Caithness, Wick Railway Station (referred to in Gaelic as Inbhir Ùige) is situated in the southern bank of the Wick River, just west of the town centre. Built by Murdoch Paterson (1826-98) for the Sutherland & Caithness Railway, the station comprises a stone-built building attached to a large wooden train shed, and opened in 1874. There was once a turntable and substantial engine shed. Between 1903 and 1944, Wick became the northern terminus of the Wick and Lybster Light Railway, mainly associated with the transportation of fish. Similar to the other terminal station at Thurso, these buildings were C-listed in 1984 but this was upgraded to 'B' in 1998.

Operated by ScotRail, Wick Railway Station is staffed part-time and is used by 18,438 passengers per annum (2016-17), a 20% reduction from five years previously. A bus connects with the ferry terminal at Gills Bay for onward travel to Orkney.

Trains once split at the preceding station, Georgemas Junction, 14 miles (22 km) to the west northwest, with half going to Thurso and the remainder to Wick, however services now reverse from Thurso to Georgemas and proceed to the terminus at Wick.


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