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Thrumster Railway Station Renovation

Thrumster Broch Excavation  

Derelict platform

Renovated platform

Community garden before planting

Work in progress

Completed renovation

Newly planted Community Woodland

View of wetland area

Derelict sidings


The Wick and Lybster Light Railway opened on 1st July 1903. At a little over 22 km it was the last of the Highland railway network to open. Starting from Wick Station the train stopped at Thrumster, Ulbster, Mid Clyth, Occumster on the way to Lybster.

Since the railway closure the station building, a small timber structure, has had a chequered history, gradually deteriorating in condition.

Stage 1

In 2005 the trust purchased Thrumster Railway Station with the intention of renovating the Station for use as an information point for the area and to create a community garden from the derelict sidings. To date we have completed the renovation of the station platform and sidings to create the community garden.

Funding the project was a perennial problem; initially it was only possible to purchase the building and sidings and complete the platform and community garden; funded by Forward Scotland; funds being insufficient to renovate the station building.

Stauion before renovation

Second Stage Project - 2011

The second stage project, funded by HLF, Leader, SNH and HC, allowed us to renovate the station building, create a community woodland, footpaths and excavate Thrumster Mains Broch.

The Station Building

The station building renovation retained as much as possible of its original structure, however it was decided to re-use the original goods section of the building as an exhibition area.

The community woodland

The second element of the phase two project was the creation of a woodland area adjacent to the community garden. It has been planted with native deciduous trees which will eventually provide a habitat for wild life and a point of interest for the community. Latterly a pond feature has been created to take advantage of a natural wet area and  a previously unplanted area has been prepared and sown to form a wild flower meadow, further extending wildlife habitat.

Thrumster Broch Excavation

The third element was a community excavation of Thrumster Mains Broch in the grounds of Thrumster House.

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