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Celebrating 150 years of The Duke Of Sutherland’s Railway

Helmsdale Station & Timespan are celebrating 150 years of the Duke of Sutherland’s Railway

Friday & Saturday June 17th & 18th 2022 at Helmsdale

Friday 17th June  

19:30 – Folk music celebrating Sutherland and the coming of the Railway in Timespan

Saturday 18th June

10:00 – 13:00 – Conference in Timespan

  • Railway Aspects of the Anniversary with Keith Fenwick (Author & Editor Highland Railway Journal) 
  • “Helmsdale Station, Charles Drake, and the Third Duke’s enthusiasm for concrete buildings” (Helmsdale station being one) with David Scott-Cowan (great grandson of Charles Drake)
  • Brora and the Duke’s Railway with Nick Lindsay (Chair, Clyne Heritage Society, Brora)
  • Looking ahead:  the launch of the Far North Line Community Rail Partnership with David Watson (Trust Manager, Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust); Ian Budd (Convenor, Friends of the Far North Line) Chair: John Yellowlees, ScotRail Honorary Rail Ambassador

13:00 – Caribbean Lunch in Timespan

13:50 – Introduction to the journey ahead with Daniel Brittain-Catlin

14:20 – 16:30 – Rail travel from Helmsdale Station to Dunrobin Castle Station along the Duke’s line with a visit to the Dunrobin Castle Station

16:40 – 18:00 – Rail travel from Dunrobin Castle Station to Helmsdale Station along the Duke’s line followed by afternoon Tea at Helmsdale Station

System map of the Duke of Sutherland’s Railway, Scotland, in 1871

Places are limited and booking is required.  There will be small charge to cover Timespan’s costs but those who book will receive an electronic copy of the window view line guide of the Duke’s Railway prepared for the occasion.  A light evening meal on Friday, morning refreshments and lunch on Saturday will be provided in Timespan at small extra charge.   

To secure a place email the attached booking form to or phone 01431 821327

*This event was postponed from 2021