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St Combs Light Railway
(Great North of Scotland Railway)

This railway is closed. The railway provided a service from St Combs to Fraserburgh with connections to Aberdeen. The line was owned by the Great North of Scotland Railway.

Survey To be entered
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Act 8 September 1899
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Opened 1 July 1903
Closed

4 May 1964

Clickable map of the St Combs Light Railway

Local area

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The line runs through countryside by the sea, passing the small towns of Inverallochy and Cairnbulg on the way to St Combs.

Chronology

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Description of route

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From Fraserburgh to St. Combs. The maximum speed of this light railway was 25mph. The inital Down service consisted of four passenger trains and 2 mixed trains. The Up service consisted of four mixed trains and 2 passenger trains. 

Fraserburgh 

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This was a terminus of the Formartine and Buchan Railway.

Kirkton Bridge 

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This halt has disappeared under a road improvements scheme (I think). The halt was located close to the junction with the main Formartine and Buchan Railway. 

Philorth Bridge 

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A section of poorly defined platform remains nearby a small bridge.

Cairnbulg 

The station was orginally called Inverallochy. The station consisted of a single platform with a passing loop. It was located between the rival towns of Cairnbulg and Inverallochy. The passing loop was used by trains for RAF Fraserburgh during World War II. The passing loop was removed at the withdrawl of the "Funeral trains".

Today the site has been redeveloped and is now a road used by buses for turning. The photograph shows the site, looking North towards Fraserburgh.

Mr Alisdair Buchan recently e-mailed me;

"I recently visited Cairnbulg, station house. My father was the last Railway employee to live there. We moved to Glenrothes, Thornton Junction."

St. Combs 

The location of this station has vanished under a house building scheme. The station consisted of a single platform and loop. The photograph shows the view from the main road, looking north. 

Ordinance Survey Grid References

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1. NJ.997.667 FRASERBURGH(X Miles)
2. NK.004.653 KIRKTOWN BRIDGE
3. NK.021.644 PHILORTH BRIDGE
4. NK.042.651 CAIRNBULG
5. NK.054.631 ST COMBS

Page created on 27/01/1997
Page last edited on: 02/04/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford