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Moy is situated about 10 miles south of Inverness and lies on the Highland Mainline. It is a location situated in the middle of nowhere to be honest.
Railway type and traffic
The type of traffic found at this location are 170/158s on Scotrail services to/from Edinburgh and Glasgow. A daily HST to/from Kings Cross, DBS 67 on the Sleeper.
The freight seen has finally picked up once again with DRS 66s on the daily Grangemouth-Inverness Stobart Containers then once a week Freightliner Heavy Haul operates it's 6H51 Oxwellmains-Inverness cement which is regular 66/6 working. DBS has 1 freight a week which is the Mossend-Lairg oil tanks this runs north early morning and returns around 1915 from Inverness.
Approximate times for freight @ this location (April 2009)
4H47 Grangemouth-Inverness usually heading past around 09:00 (Except when 6H51 runs, in the event the cement is running this train will not head north until around 10:30 which is it is booked path but it runs in the cements path on all other days)
4N47 Inverness-Grangemouth passes between 13:40-14:00
6H51 Oxwellmains-Inverness heads north at 09:00 (normally runs on Thursdays)
6B31 Inverness-Oxwellmains returns at 17:20-17:30
6H44 Mossend-Inverness is around 05:00, with the train the continuing as 6H03 08:07 from Inverness.
6D66 Lairg-Mossend returns past around 19:40 and it is booked to go into Moy loop to cross NXECs 1S15 Kings Cross-Inverness HST.
The best place to take the shot at this location is in the middle of the field which lies on the west side of the line. I have been to this location a few times this year and there has been no animals in the field, but if there is common sense should prevail in not to disturb them to much.
To get to the location by Car is quite easy:
From the South:
Take the Moy turn off which is 2 miles after Tomatin, this will take you on a B road and follow it along through Moy village and you will come to an arch bridge under the line, go 300 yards past the bridge and there is an opening on the left where you can park your vehicle.
From the North:
Leave the A9 at Moy turn off at Daviot the continue along the B road until you come to the open land beside the line which is around 3 1/2 miles from Daviot, just before the bridge you will again see the parking on the right hand side.
From here turn to the right and there is a gate on the left which you climb over then continue to you preferred location for the shot in the field.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Moy map co-ordinates
There is an opening directly opposite the field which will allow parking off the road.
This location is served by a very infrequent bus service, details can be found here
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There no amenities at this location, you are really in true Scottish countryside, but you are only 10 miles from Inverness where there is plenty of places to eat etc.
Inverness would be the main place to stay.
I have found in my past traveling around Scotland for railtours that Youth Hostels
are good places to get head down and they come at a price of around £14 per night, there is one in Inverness around a 10 minute walk from the station.
For hotel information log onto Visit Scotland.com
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I have only used this location for 4N47 and the sun is perfect for the shot at the time I wrote this.
General views - All photographs © David Ross unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north
Fig 2 - Looking north
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