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This location is situated on the Highland Mainline between Inverness and Culloden Moor.
Railway type and traffic
The Type of train usually found on this line are First Scotrail 158s and 170s there is also the daily Caledonian Sleeper service which departs Inverness at 20:40 and returns at 08:30 Mon-Fri and 08:04 on Saturdays and that it hauled by an DB Schenker 67. There is also the daily G.N.E.R service to London Kings Cross which departs Inverness at 07:55 Mon-Fri and 09:40 on Sundays. It returns at 20:08 Mon-Fri and 20:46 on Sundays.
There are also various freights which run. Firstly there is the Tesco/Safeway train to Inverness which is booked to arrive into Inverness around 05:30 and it returns south at 11:20 with the empty parcel vans in tow. This provides at class 66 on the northbound run and a 66 and 67 on the return run. The parcels arrived into Inverness around 09:00. Once a week there is the Cement from Oxwellmains which has a Heavy Haul 66 at the helm.
This location is situated in a field about 1/2 mile from the Smithton area of Inverness.
From the A9 Inverness Raigmore Interchange:
Follow signs for A96 Aberdeen road and follow this road to the second roundabout then take the second exit and follow signs for Culloden and Smithton. You got up this road for about 1/2 mile then there is a turnoff to the right for Smithton follow this road up passed the Morning Noon and Night Shop and the road goes to the left. You should take the road that goes straight ahead and follow it down until you come to a bridge with a gate under it and that is you there.
Now it is on foot you will see a farm track the goes between two houses and there is a gate into the field and that is your there.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Cradlehall - Inverness map co-ordinates
You can park your car at the side of the road just beside the Railway Bridge.
This would be the better way to get to this location from Inverness City Centre and beyond.
From Edinburgh or Glasgow First Scotrail run trains to Inverness roughly every 2 hours for times visit the National Rail website
From Inverness City Centre to here get the Stagecoach Inverness number 1, 2, 3 or 3A from Queensgate Post Office and ask for Smithton the fare is about £1.30 for an Adult Single, the number 1 and 2 buses leave the City Centre at 05, 25, 45 minutes past each hour for most of the day. The number 3 and 3A leave from the Post Office as well and depart at 05, 15, 25, 35, 45 and 55 minutes past each hour for most of the day but visit Stagecoach
for more info.
There are also various coaches from Central Scotland, North West England and West Midlands:
West Midlands for info on these services visit
For Edinburgh / Glasgow and Perth Broxden Park and Ride - Inverness low cost service,
For coach services from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Perth City Centre-Inverness
for coaches from West Midlands, London and North West-Inverness.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
There are no toilets anywhere near this trainspot. The nearest place to get a snack would be The Morning Noon and Night Shop in Smithton Village. There is also a Burger King and Pizza Hut in the nearby Retail Park which is on the A96 about 1 1/2 miles from here.
For Accomodation info go to Visit Scotland
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The field is completly open apart from the approach track which is covered by trees.
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