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Banff, Portsoy and Strathisla Railway

This railway is closed. The railway provided a service from Grange to Portsoy and Banff. Later the Great North of Scotland Railway extended the Portsoy line to Lossie Junction on the Morayshire Railway; The Moray Coast Railway (GNSR). Following this the line provided a service from Carinie Junction to Elgin with a branch to Banff. 

The line was also known as the "Banffshire Railway" after 1863.

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Act 27 July 1857
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Opened 30 July 1859
Closed Yes
Great North of Scotland Railway Moray Coast Railway Clickable map fo the Banff, Portsoy and Strathisla Railway

Local area

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This line runs through rural Aberdeenshire. The area has farming and a number of fishing ports at Banff, Portsoy and Banff.

Chronology

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Description of route

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From Grange (and later Cairnie Junction) to Banff and Portsoy.

Grange

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Please see the entry for this station on the Great North of Scotland main line.

Cairnie Junction

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Please see the entry for this station on the Great North of Scotland main line.

Grange Curve

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This curve (Grange North Junction to Cairnie Junction) was a later addition, please see the entry for this station on the Morayshire Coast Line.

Millegan

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This station was closed in the line's early history (1864). Only the course of the line may now be discerned. The line went under the road and the bridge has been demolished and cutting filled. The trackbed between the Grange triangle and Millegan is now used as a dirt road. The view given here looks towards Tillynaught Junction.

Knock

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This station is now the private property of the neighbouring distillery. Loading banks and the platform remain. The line used to pass under the nearby public road, but the bridge has been removed.

Glenbarry

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The water-tank tower remains. The view looks from the former level crossing at the north of the station towards Grange. The station had two platforms and is in the undergrowth shown beyond the water-tank. 

Cornhill

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Much of this station remains. The single platform, station building, station master's house, goods shed and loading bank remain. The site is in use as a coal yard. The view looks towards Tillynaught Junction. 

Tillynaught Junction

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This station was the junction between the Banff and the Portsoy lines. The station comprised three platforms and a substancial building. The platforms have been infilled and partly landscaped and the buildings demolished. A block of railway houses remain converted into a house along with the station master's house.

In the photograph; the station building would have stood in the foreground, left. To the right is the Banff platform. The Banff track was fitted with a run-around loop and the track to Banff ran away towards the right of the distant house and then to the right of the picture. There were two platforms for the Portsoy line (originally just one; but the second was added when the line was continued on to Elgin) with a passing loop. This was to the left and ran to the left of the distant building. Thus the photograph is taken from an island platform. Out of view to the left is a block of railway houses, now a house. 

Ordens

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This station is not next to the farm of Ordens. Instead it is one roadbridge further towards Banff. The station hut and platform remain (overgrown) and the hut still has a few of the letters of "Ordens" painted at the back. some of the timbers are now missing - go see it while you can!

Ladysbridge

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The site has been re-developed as road access to a house which is built on the site of the station.

Bridgefoot

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Little remains of this station.

Golf Club House

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This station was located at the foot of a cliff by a Golf Course nearby the sea at Banff.

Banff Harbour Halt

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This station was located at the foot of a cliff by the sea at Banff.

Banff

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The station has been completely demolished and the site is presently vacant. The railway continued on through a goods yard to the harbour, but was lifted at an in 1910. The site of the station was also used by the West Buchan Railway (narrow gauge) for a terminus. Until the recent removal of this narrow gauge railway the station platform remained.The station buildings were demolished in the 1980s. The view looks towards the terminus. The locomotive shed would have been to the right. The harbour line continued straight on, round the left side of the now-demolished building.

West Buchan Railway

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The Port Errol Railway track was moved to Banff to become the West Buchan Railway in 1984. The line ran from Banff to Swordanes. The line closed in 1985. The track has now been removed.

Portsoy Junction

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Immediately to the east of Portsoy station a junction was put in for the GNSR's Moray Coast Railway in 1884.

Portsoy (Old)

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This terminus has survived.At the present time it is incorporated into industrial premises. The train shed has survived but the platforms have disappeared. The location of the junction and junction signal box can be seen although the area is now landscaped to form a park. The survival of the old station is complemented by the survival of its replacement on the GNSR's Moray Coast Railway. The trackbed of the harbour branch has also survived. 

Ordnance Survey Grid References 

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1. NJ.497.505 Grange
2. NJ.504.499 Cairnie Junction
3. NJ.516.508 Millegan
4. NJ.546.529 Knock
5. NJ.553.545 Glenbarry
6. NJ.581.588 Cornhill
7. NJ.601.617 Tillynaught Junction
8. NJ.623.622 Ordens
9. NJ.652.636 Ladysbridge
10. NJ.668.643 Bridgefoot
11. NJ.678.645 Golf Club House
12. NJ.687.647 Banff
13. NJ.590.656 Portsoy Junction
14. NJ.589.657 Portsoy (Old)

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Page last edited on: 07/08/2011
Contact: Ewan Crawford