Thurso Railway Station

(Inbhir Theòrsa)

The most northerly railway station in Britain, Thurso (known in Gaelic as Inbhir Theòrsa) is the terminus of a branch of the Far North Line on the north coast of Caithness in Highland. Located in the town centre this station was built in 1874 for the Sutherland & Caithness Railway. It was the work of Murdoch Paterson (1826-98) and is similar to the other terminal station in Wick. The stone-built station building is attached to a large wooden shed from which trains emerge. The only operational platform extends from the rear of this train shed. These buildings were C-listed in 1984 but this was upgraded to a B-listing in 1998.

Trains once split at Georgemas Junction, 6 miles (10 km) south southeast, 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.

Operated by ScotRail, Thurso Railway Station is staffed part-time and is used by 38,426 passengers per annum (2015-16), a 20% reduction from five years previously. A bus connects with the Orkney ferry at Scrabster.

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