Scotscalder Request Stop

  • Published on Jun 24, 2019
  • Found myself on the Far North Line in Scotland after completing Lands Ends to John O'Groats (video to follow), but it seemed rude not to do a request stop whilst there!
    Say HELLO to Scotscalder, which is also Britain's 12th least used station, and maybe this will also count as a 'Least Used Station in Highlands' video, just as soon as I've worked out the best way to approach Scotland! In the meantime, it gets done as part of my Request Stop series ...

Comments • 100

  • Chris Green
    Chris Green Day ago

    Though I wasn’t on the day you were there Geoff, my car would have been there as I usually do a daily commute into London

  • Tijs Koene
    Tijs Koene 11 days ago +1

    i didnt know albellio operated scotrail

  • Dennis Bünning
    Dennis Bünning 2 months ago

    You could have done Kildonan the least used Station in Scotland and on the line (I Think even fewer passengers than Altnabreac)

  • Alfredo World
    Alfredo World 3 months ago


  • conscience aginBlackadder

    Help point. "Are your connections reliable ? "

  • Ashmew
    Ashmew 5 months ago

    Is it still beeping?

  • Paul Harvey
    Paul Harvey 6 months ago

    That's not a hanging basket, Geoff - it's an old lamp bracket!

  • Xxdragonslayer Xx
    Xxdragonslayer Xx 6 months ago

    Please wait

  • Ian McClavin
    Ian McClavin 7 months ago

    21st October 2019 - just travelled through Scotscalder, and you'll be pleased to hear that the missing large old platform sign has been reinstated- I was travelling too fast to take a photo unfortunately..

  • Henrys Adventures
    Henrys Adventures 7 months ago

    Another great video! I love those stations so far from anywhere!

  • Kiyomi W
    Kiyomi W 7 months ago

    Geoff wishing he didn't turn the help button on, now that's more annoying than lawnmowers 😂😂

  • Aidan Macgregor
    Aidan Macgregor 9 months ago

    Shout out for thurso!! My town 😂😂

  • lemoncloud GT
    lemoncloud GT 10 months ago

    Did u make ur connection Geoff

  • Martin Swain
    Martin Swain 10 months ago +4

    “Railway Cottage, A brand new house”, Ha Ha Ha! It was brand new in 1874. Originally two separate railway workers cottages built in the same year that the railway opened. In 1988 the two semi-detached cottages were sold for private residential use by the British Railways Property Board and then during the early 1990's they were converted into one large cottage with the luxury of an indoor privy.
    How do I know this? Simples, I live in it and have the paper records!

  • George Groves
    George Groves 10 months ago

    Honestly I’ve pressed several help points none of them usually work so I was completely shocked when I was at Long Preston station on the settle to Carlisle line and the customer service lady responded. I then had to make up a request while a man with two dogs stated me down in the opposite platfrok

  • phil evans
    phil evans 10 months ago

    The wife & I like to get up to Caithness every year if we can Geoff....I love this video of yours, and plan to get over to Scotscalder to get a few snaps in while there of this amazing little BUS STOP STATUS station which is kept in IMMACULATE condition. The FAR NORTH line is an engineering masterpiece, and it's importance in these parts can NEVER be underestimated !!!

  • Trigger Warning
    Trigger Warning 10 months ago +2

    People at remote station with

  • Andrea Woelke
    Andrea Woelke 10 months ago +1

    I was waiting to see if the train managed to stop so that the steps would like up with the door! Did they?

    • Martin Swain
      Martin Swain 10 months ago +1

      Nope, the train never stops in-line with steps. They are heavily weighted to stop them blowing away in the strong winds we get here, and you are most likely give yourself a double hernia if you try to lift them. Another big bad ScotRail joke.

  • Ross Taylor
    Ross Taylor 10 months ago +1

    Can you do the tyne and wear metro?

  • Nick Hiscock
    Nick Hiscock 11 months ago

    If you want a remote station that are "on request stops" try Darnick station on NSW Trainlink Broken Hill line. The train is weekly and is hundreds of kilometres from any towns. OR Give Duchess station a go on Queensland Rails Mount Isa line. The train is twice weekly and again is hundreds of kilometres from any towns.

  • Hell Yeah
    Hell Yeah 11 months ago

    I think the least station is in South Wales. ...port Talbot docklands somewhere. ...👍👍👍👍

  • Grant Rennie
    Grant Rennie 11 months ago

    Why are the comments disabled on your newest video? I wanted to mention that on your led matrix departure display the train shown is the Glasgow to Oban train service.

  • brammyd1
    brammyd1 11 months ago

    Love the cutaway of you talking to a bin, Geoff !

  • Ming Hong Lim
    Ming Hong Lim 11 months ago

    Hi Geoff Marshall, DoubleDeckerAnton 1 of the London Bus Driver making FLash-player Video want to do a Collaboration Video with you and put it in both FLash-player Channel.

  • CaptAdventurer
    CaptAdventurer 11 months ago +12

    The subtitles on the video 6:15 say [music] when the help point starts beeping!

  • Iain Shepherd
    Iain Shepherd 11 months ago

    Local map with distances in km - Is that common for Scotland?

  • Nick Hiscock
    Nick Hiscock 11 months ago +1

    Don't you need to book in advance for these on request stop?

  • Antonodu
    Antonodu 11 months ago +2

    The information help point is still beeping till today

  • Oli
    Oli 11 months ago +2

    That beeping is something nightmares are made of

  • Jeri Hanlon
    Jeri Hanlon 11 months ago +1

    i have absolutely no interest in trains whatsoever and yet here I am. Good video mate

  • Mr Trains UK
    Mr Trains UK 11 months ago

    3:32 There is a clock

  • Chris Hamilton
    Chris Hamilton 11 months ago +1

    When I was up there in April, a foreign fellow got on at Altnabreac with a suitcase (who knows where he had been) and didn’t tell the guard he wanted off at Scotscalder until about a mile before the station. He got a very brief telling off before the guard legged it to the cab to tell the driver.
    When we were coming home later that afternoon, he got on again and went south to Helmsdale. I think he may have been lost.

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  • Michael Boys
    Michael Boys 11 months ago +1

    I bet that help point is still ringing 😂😂😂

  • Steven Wrigley
    Steven Wrigley 11 months ago

    When I stayed in Morchard Bishop a couple of years ago. My friend said when the train arrives to take you home you have to stick your hand out. It was a strange feeling like I was catching a bus.

  • kacperkrakowski
    kacperkrakowski 11 months ago

    4:39 I swear I just heard *a beautiful cock*

  • Nick van Ruiven
    Nick van Ruiven 11 months ago

    Beep beep

    READYTEDDYBEAR 11 months ago +1

    Oh so it was you who pressed that button! 4 bloody days that button was beeping for 24hrs a day! Hooligan! 😜

  • Cestovatelix
    Cestovatelix 11 months ago +3

    Can I ask you? Do you want come to Prague Czech Republic?

  • Aviation62
    Aviation62 11 months ago +2

    That’s a very nice new station!

  • David Shepheard
    David Shepheard 11 months ago

    8:15 "Pudsey - Trolley - Pizza"?
    What's that about?

    • gwishart
      gwishart 11 months ago

      A reminder of the three most important things to take with you on any train journey.

  • Mark C
    Mark C 11 months ago

    We were supposed to get the Class 158s to run down here on the West Highland Line then Abellio massively backtracked and just refurbished our 156s instead,which are way too outdated.

    • Norbiton Flyer
      Norbiton Flyer 11 months ago

      156s are not much older than 158s, and have bigger windows to admire the view.

  • Mr Screamer
    Mr Screamer 11 months ago

    *Gets on train* ... "Did you push that f'ing button?"

  • Domihork
    Domihork 11 months ago

    Geoff saying "just a single platform" as if it was something strange :D You definitely should come to Czechia and take one of the "local trains" (osobní vlak). Those have a lot of request stops and they stop at the tiniest villages.

  • t uckerton
    t uckerton 11 months ago

    nice bike racks

  • Rob Knight
    Rob Knight 11 months ago

    Scotscalder is the least used station in the Highlands. In terms of how to divide up Scotland and Wales I'm using the current day divisions, that's council areas for Scotland and principal areas for Wales. When I visited Pontypool & New Inn yesterday I didn't realise I was visiting the least used station in Torfaen.

  • High Path
    High Path 11 months ago +1

    Thats a nice clock in the waiting room. Whats the Station with the less number of services (3 as opposed to 4 ! on the line?) . Did you mean Unitary Authorities (Unitarian ones would be some kind of dissenting christianish denomination)

  • David Calder
    David Calder 11 months ago +1

    Liking, for obvious reasons

  • würmtal achim
    würmtal achim 11 months ago

    You should have called custom service to let them know information is only ringing.....😊

  • Ewan Knight
    Ewan Knight 11 months ago

    Haha you think that’s a windy day in Caithness?

  • Broder Foder
    Broder Foder 11 months ago

    Scotscalder, home of the scalder of the Scot? :)

  • Tim Morgan
    Tim Morgan 11 months ago +6

    The people in that station house were having a relaxing existence until the help point started beeping forever.

  • Stanislav Kostarnov
    Stanislav Kostarnov 11 months ago

    sorry, did I see correctly that some trains head up all the way to Kyle of Lochlash? I am guessing they go via Inverness, but I do wonder as to how that would work...

    • Harlean Carpenter
      Harlean Carpenter 11 months ago

      No, Kyle line has separate train service, all services on Far North line go to Inverness. I think a long while ago some trains divided at Dingwall, but modern day trains mean that is harder to do. Thats the reason trains no longer divide at Georgemas Junction for Thurso/Wick, but run to Thurso, then back through Georgemas to Wick northbound, and vice versa southbound

  • Stephen Little
    Stephen Little 11 months ago

    Just the one then. he he.

  • Chris Webb
    Chris Webb 11 months ago

    You did least used London Underground stations by line so wouldn't it be logical to do National Rail the same way?
    I wonder how long it took the taxi driver to do The Knowledge in Scotscalder?

  • TheJamster2006
    TheJamster2006 11 months ago I have been slowly working my way through all the stations on the far north line and visited Scotscalder station at the end of 2018. The old sign must have very recently been removed as it was there 6 months ago. Great video, im from Dingwall so i hope you enjoyed my local line

  • simon mills
    simon mills 11 months ago

    How many stations have gravel platforms ?

  • Adsy125
    Adsy125 11 months ago

    If you’re going to include unitaries then you’d have to do least used Hamworthy, in the BCP area, with 160,000 uses!

  • JSGツンシ斗
    JSGツンシ斗 11 months ago

    Scotcalder and Coombe Junction Halt are related when it comes to the information points.

    • Norbiton Flyer
      Norbiton Flyer 11 months ago

      Maybe when you press the button at one, the phone rings at the other. That's why it takes so long to answer.

  • Gary Walker
    Gary Walker 11 months ago

    Isn't there a poem about taking a virgin train to Inverness?

  • Galvin
    Galvin 11 months ago

    Legend says that it's still connecting to the one person who was assigned to this one beeping help point, who went on holiday because he thought no-one would call help

  • Game Guild
    Game Guild 11 months ago

    I was like, cool a NS logo

  • Doctor Bonkus
    Doctor Bonkus 11 months ago +3

    I am so glad that Steve Mould made a video with you so I could find you. Such wonderful transportation videos.

  • John Still John
    John Still John 11 months ago

    How many passengers were on board...?

  • Alan Dawson
    Alan Dawson 11 months ago

    I think the station sign and hanging basket have blown away.

  • Oriana-Tabitha King
    Oriana-Tabitha King 11 months ago +1

    Visit Barry link it’s Scotland’s least used station

  • Summer Collins
    Summer Collins 11 months ago

    Count stepula that’s should be your new nickname bcs you always count steps

  • Chris Webb
    Chris Webb 11 months ago

    Presumably the half a person who uses this station each day only has to pay half fare.

  • Mark Gaughran
    Mark Gaughran 11 months ago

    That Bleep reminds me of the old dial tone when I dialled a number in the phone box

  • Gareth Bisgrove
    Gareth Bisgrove 11 months ago

    Very pretty little station.

  • Alex Dainty
    Alex Dainty 11 months ago

    Altnabreac isn't that hard to get to. Take a southbound train then there like 20 min wait for the northbound one.

  • Matthew Malthouse
    Matthew Malthouse 11 months ago +1

    8:25 not a hanging basket but a lamp holder for something akin to this:

  • Steve Murray
    Steve Murray 11 months ago

    Byelaws ? Isn't it Bylaws ?

    • gwishart
      gwishart 11 months ago

      The OED has "bye-law" as the primary entry, with "by-law" and the unhyphenated versions of each listed as variant spellings.

  • Mick Daubney
    Mick Daubney 11 months ago

    I noticed a CCTV camera near to the waiting shelter. Perhaps this could be added to the list of station facilities in future station visits?

  • Chris Dodson
    Chris Dodson 11 months ago

    Love the look of the white dot matrix!

  • Thomas Evans
    Thomas Evans 11 months ago

    When you return there for least used stations it will still be beeping! 😂

  • Mathijs Louter
    Mathijs Louter 11 months ago

    Is that CCTV on a post on the platform? They really need to controll that rebelous geoff with CCTV now.

  • Raymond Okonski
    Raymond Okonski 11 months ago +2

    Thanks Geoff - I nearly chocked on my morning coffee - that preservation plaque you videoed, I used to work with Daniel Britain Caitlin in Glasgow at Scottish TV, we then went on to Westminster as a media researcher, And I don’t think he popped his clogs, so I’ve no idea why he got top billing over Bob Reid?!

  • John Airey
    John Airey 11 months ago

    It's a man talking to a litter bin - it must be Geoff!

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  • B S
    B S 11 months ago

    Still waiting on a Geoff / Double Decker Anton video!

  • Barry Felton
    Barry Felton 11 months ago

    Someone answer the phone. Those people who live in that house are now seeking therapy because they keep hearing a phone ringing during the night

  • C.E.FBlueware
    C.E.FBlueware 11 months ago

    Three weeks later

    *BEEP BEEP.................... BEEP BEEP*

  • Stephen G
    Stephen G 11 months ago +1

    On Friday I decided to head out to Nethertown on the Cumbrian coast for the night to do some Beach fishing......what a location!! One of the reasons i decided to go was because when Geoff did All The Stations he took some amazing shots with the drone he had which helped me avoid any snaggy areas. Scenic railways combined with beach fishing....fantastic! Cheers Geoff!!

  • Peter Gee
    Peter Gee 11 months ago

    How are you so passionate about this ? :)))

  • darren haynes
    darren haynes 11 months ago

    the help point needs some help

  • Dorset Tyke
    Dorset Tyke 11 months ago

    A bit overboard on the bike racks for half a person a day!! 🙂

  • Kevin Tucker
    Kevin Tucker 11 months ago

    Beautifully kept station!

  • VooDooTrois
    VooDooTrois 11 months ago

    To me that help point sounded like "choo choo" (though maybe because I'm American)

    • VooDooTrois
      VooDooTrois 11 months ago

      @Chris Webb So with respect to rhythm, American trains sound like British telephones. Hmm, hadn't realized this before this video of a British telephone ringing at a train station.

    • Chris Webb
      Chris Webb 11 months ago +2

      The double tone is a British style telephone ring tone, unlike the US style single tone.

  • Sam Beesley
    Sam Beesley 11 months ago +2

    Easy way to do Scotland would be to take the current districts and put the ones like North+South Lanarkshire/Edinburgh+West Lothian+Midlothian+East Lothian together. If you go with the old method - Strathclyde+Tayside etc. it's too big. In Wales I'd take the Gwent/Dyfed/Clwyd option

  • craigr98
    craigr98 11 months ago +2

    25th June 2019, still beeping, is someone able to check please?

  • GoogleTook MyOriginalUsername

    That has to be sampled! It's the audio equivalent of the binbag in the wind!

  • Wayne Herby
    Wayne Herby 11 months ago +24

    Bike stand can accommodate 5 bikes, so that's 10 days worth of passengers. High capacity cycle rack.

  • TheAnimystro
    TheAnimystro 11 months ago

    Looks very well kept and modern. How they have the money to do that for a station that has 180 passengers a year while my local station, inside London, doesn't even have a working dot matrix is beyond me!

  • Spuds McCat
    Spuds McCat 11 months ago +1

    how do you 'call' the train. Is it really just putting hand infront of the train as it approaches?!

    • Norbiton Flyer
      Norbiton Flyer 11 months ago +1

      @Chris Webb Speak to the guard

    • Chris Webb
      Chris Webb 11 months ago

      @Geoff Marshall How do you request the train to stop if you're on it?

    • Geoff Marshall
      Geoff Marshall  11 months ago +1

      Spuds McCat yup! Just put your arm out, they call it “Make your intent clear” ...

    • fetchstix™
      fetchstix™ 11 months ago

      Yeah, just like a bus. Some places will stop if people are visible on the platform I think but others don’t so it’s best to Make Your Intent Clear...

  • Ian .Hollis
    Ian .Hollis 11 months ago +39

    Not a hanging basket Geoff, it's a Lamp Holder, rural stations with no mains gas, were often lit by portable oil lamps, lit and placed in the holder by the station staff if there were any, or the guard of the last train before sunset if not.

  • DJ Lawlz
    DJ Lawlz 11 months ago

    Such a cute little station!

  • Hannah Miyamoto
    Hannah Miyamoto 11 months ago +1

    Amtrak would never keep a station that lightly patronized open. This station is in fantastic condition; many Amtrak stations like this don't even have a shelter, much less a dot matrix display and all that fresh paint

    • Chris Webb
      Chris Webb 11 months ago

      @Harlean Carpenter I just Googled "least used railroad station usa" and all the results on the first page were about British stations (including our very own Geofftech 😊) so we still don't know...

    • Harlean Carpenter
      Harlean Carpenter 11 months ago

      Hannah, I was thinking more of the very under patronised stations in the US than anything else. Yes, been through Essex both ways many years ago, but sadly neither train stopped there

    • Hannah Miyamoto
      Hannah Miyamoto 11 months ago

      @Harlean Carpenter Essex used to be a "Flag Stop", but since the only train is all-reserved, the train crew would already know when a passenger is boarding or a lighting there. I checked and it is mandatory stop, even in winter.

    • Harlean Carpenter
      Harlean Carpenter 11 months ago

      I was going to say Essex, Montana, but seems that has about 3,000 passengers a year

    • Hannah Miyamoto
      Hannah Miyamoto 11 months ago +1

      @Chris Webb Closing a station in U.K. is probably more difficult than in the USA, legally. However, Scotscalder station is much better equipped and maintained than a comparable USA station, even though there are many more national railway stations in U.K. than the USA.

  • charles martin
    charles martin 11 months ago

    Shoutout to the maintenance crew

  • TXnine7nine
    TXnine7nine 11 months ago

    Some would say that the help point is still ringing.