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Located north of Inverness, Muir of Ord sits between Dingwall and Beaully stations on the Far North and Kyle lines. Situated 8 miles from Inverness, Muir of Ord was actually closed in 1960, but reopened in October 1976. The station used to have a signal box here, when mechanical signaling was in force. Since the introduction of radio signaling (RETB) to the Inverness - Dingwall stretch, in 1988, the signal box has gone, but the passing loop and southbound platform remain.
A further point of interest is that when the original Ness bridge was swept away in 1989, the decision was made to build a replacement bridge, which opened 14 months later, in April 1990. During that 14 month period, services to Wick, Thurso, and Kyle, all started from Dingwall. Muir of Ord station was closed during this period, and a temporary, but properly built servicing depot was established here. This closed once the Ness bridge reopened in 1990, and all maintenance was transfered back to Inverness. At this time, Muir of Ord reopened. Interestingly, rolling stock was transfered by low loader from Inverness to Invergordon every 6 months, and stock used on the far north lines during this period were actually shown as allocated to Muir of Ord (MO).
Railway type and traffic
The scene is dominated by First Scotrail 158s. The scenic nature of the lines does mean it is popular with Railtours. Any diesel loco can be expected on these, providing they meet the ra index, and have either fixed, or portable RETB equipment installed.
Freight consists of tankers from Lairg, and pipes from Georgemass Junction, all hauled by DB Schenker 66s.
Although in a sheltered spot, this is the highlands of Scotland, and the weather can change suddenly. The two pictures I took were taken on a dull day, which was rather cold. The next day, it was sunny and warm all over the Highlands!
From Inverness, follow the A9 over the Kessock Bridge. Stay on this road until you reach the roundabout for Tore. Take the exit signposted for Muir of Ord (A832) and keep on this road. The station is signposted in the village.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Muir of Ord map co-ordinates
The car park sits on the site of the old station building, next to the northbound platform. Your car will be in sight at all times. Space is not a premium. However, DO NOT park at the gates which lead to the site of the old Muir of Ord depot. Network Rail may still require access.
The station is unmanned, and there are no facilities at the station.
From the station car park, turn right, and then right again, and cross the bridge, to go into the village centre, where there are some facilities. Other main facilities can be found in Dingwall and Inverness.
Plenty of facilities in the area, and
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Do not access, or attempt to gain access to the site of the Muir of Oed Depot
The depot was demolished in 1990, when the ness bridge reopened, and the site has lay disused since. However, it is still covered by railway bye laws, and anyone caught trespassing on the site can be prosecuted.
From the platforms, especially the southbound one, it is possible to see the site, as the concrete apron still exists.
As the station is on a sort of north south axis, the sun will not pose too many problems. Traffic noise is minimal, so videos can be shot without problem.
Just north of the station is a railway station style bridge over the tracks, and this can be used for shots as well.
It gets dark really quickly in the Highlands by the way!
General views - All photographs © Robert Clarke unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north
Fig 2 - Looking south
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