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Grange Curve
Portsoy Junction
Portsoy (New)
Glassaugh
Tochieneal
Cullen
Portknockie
Findochty
Portessie Junction
Portessie
Buckie
Buckpool
Portgordon
Spey Bay
Garnmouth
Urquhart
Calcots
Lossie Junction

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Great North of Scotland Railway
Banff, Portsoy and Strathisla Railway
Morayshire Railway
Buckie and Portessie Branch (Highland Railway)

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Moray Coast Railway
(Great North of Scotland Railway)

This railway is closed. The railway provided a service from Portsoy on the Banff, Portsoy and Strathisla Railway to Lossie Junction on the Morayshire Railway near Elgin. The Highland Railway built a branch from Keith which joined the Moray Coast Railway at Portessie.

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Opened 12 August 1885
Closed Yes

Clickable map of the Moray Coast Railway


Harbour of Cullen, with the town behind. The Railway viaducts can also be seen. The station was to the left, out of sight.

Local area 

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This line runs along the coastline from Portsoy west to near Lossiemouth.

Chronology

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Description of route 

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From Portsoy to Lossie Junction, near Elgin.

Grange Curve

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This curve was built between Grange North Junction and Cairnie Junction in 1886. Cairnie Junction became an island platform station in 1898 and the grange curve was made double track at the same time. See the Great North of Scotland main line's entry for Cairnie Junction station.The formation is still clearly visible. The trackbed to the North of the junction is now used as a roadway. The view given here looks South from the North junction. The trackbed running from the foreground to the left head towards Grange, the trackbed seen on the right runs to Cairnie Junction.

Portsoy Junction

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The Moray Coast Railway joined the Banff, Portsoy and Strathisla Railway at this junction. Please see the entry for the Banff, Portsoy and Strathisla Railway.

Portsoy (New)

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The main station building has survived due to its conversion to a scout hall. The platform area has been infilled and the area landscaped.

Glassaugh

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Tochieneal

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Cullen

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The station was a single platform on a tight curve. The station has been demolished whilst a series of viaducts through the town have survived.

Portknockie

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This station was recently demolished to make way for housing.

Findochty

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The station is demolished and housing occupies the site.

Portessie Junction

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At this point the Highland Railway's Keith to Buckie and Portessie Branch joined the line. The junction faced away from the station towards Findochty. 

Portessie

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The station consisted of three platforms; two on the GNSR line and one on the Highland Railway line to Keith. Both lines had loops at this point, the Highland Railway line also having an engine shed.

Today the platforms can be found still, although the trackbed is overgrown and partly inflilled. The turntable pit of the Highland Railway shed remains.

Buckie

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The station has been demolished. The station was probably further to the right than shown in the left-hand view. The right-hand view shows the harbour from above. There were a number of sidings running parallel to the harbour basin.

Buckpool

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The station has been demolished and a short secion of platform only remains. The left photograph shows the platform, and the right shows a footbridge which is to the East of the station, nearer Buckie.

Portgordon

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The station has been demolished and landscaped to form a small park.

Spey Bay

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This station is now used as a store and the stationmaster's house is still in use as a house. Many lamp standards remain on the platforms although the platforms are much overgrown.

Spey Viaduct

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The Spey Viaduct still stands intact today.

Garmouth

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This station is now a house.

Urquhart

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This station site is now a house. The station has been demolished.

Calcots

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The remaining platform at this location can been seen running from left to right in the distance across the field. The building is siting on the platform.

Lossie Junction

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At this location the Coast line joined the Morayshire Railway for access to Elgin. See that entry for the photograph.

Ordinance Survey Grid References 

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1. NJ.590.656 Portsoy Junction
2. NJ.589.657 Portsoy (New)
3. NJ.558.654 Glassaugh
4. NJ.523.657 Tochieneal
5. NJ.514.672 Cullen
6. NJ.486.684 Portknockie
7. NJ.466.678 Findochty
8. NJ.446.666 Portessie
9. NJ.424.655 Buckie
10. NJ.411.651 Buckpool
11. NJ.394.642 Portgordon
12. NJ.355.643 Spey Bay
13. NJ.334.640 Garmouth
14. NJ.287.631 Urquhart
15. NJ.256.643 Calcots
16. NJ.230.638 Lossie Junction

Page created on 27/01/1997
Page last edited on: 24/03/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford