Forsinard Railway Station

(Fors An-Àird)

A remote railway station in E Sutherland, Forsinard (Gael: Fors An-Àird) lies on the Far North Line of the Highland Railway, 14 miles (22 km) south of Melvich and 14 miles (23 km) south southwest of Reay. It opened in 1874 on the former Sutherland & Caithness Railway. A section of double-track line passes through the station, one being a passing loop, on an otherwise single track railway. There are therefore two platforms. Now operated by ScotRail, Forsinard Railway Station is unstaffed and is used by only 1500 passengers in 2015. It is preceded by Kinbrace Railway Station, 7 miles (11 km) to the south southwest, and followed by Altnabreac, 7½ miles (12 km) to the east northeast. The unremarkable stone-built station-house is now used by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds as the visitor centre for their Forsinard Reserve.

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