MHG10153 - Helmsdale Station


1871. 2 storey T-plan station building.

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  • RAILWAY STATION (Built, 19th Century - 1871 AD to 1871 AD)

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(Location cited as ND 023 150). Helmsdale Railway Station, built 1871 for the Duke of Sutherland's Railway. A two-platform through station with a one storey and attic building on a T plan, with a platform awning in L angle. On the up platform is a small wooden shelter, and the platforms are linked by a lattice-girder footbridge. <1>

It was listed at Category B in 1987 with the footbridge and signal box.

This intermediate station on the Inverness - Wick and Thurso ('Far North') line of the former Highland Rly. It remains in regular use by passenger traffic.
R V J Butt 1995. <2>

Built for the Duke of Sutherland's Railway in 1871. Broad-eaved cottagey main building. <3>

Early 1870s; the terminus of the Duke of Sutherland's Railway and the starting point of the Sutherland and Caithness Railway. <4>

Station building no longer in use. All windows are boarded over. <5>

Elizabeth Beaton describes this building as being "in Sutherland style, gabled with deep eaves and swept roof over revanda supported by bracketed timber arcade, a plainer version of its counterpart at Golspie". <6>

Photographs of the building were taken by K Bennett of Highland Council in 2010. <7>

A full photographic survey of the building in 2013 was supplied to support a planning application for the restoration and conversion of the derelict building for use as holiday lets. <8>

The statutory address of the listing was updated by Historic Scotland in 2013 after the Scottish Signal Box Review. <9>

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Grid reference Centred ND 0238 1548 (15m by 18m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND01NW
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish KILDONAN

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