Aberdeen Railway

Introduction

This line ran from Aberdeen to near Forfar [2nd] with branches to Brechin and Montrose. The line is intact from near Montrose to Aberdeen (forming a major part of both the West Coast Main Line and East Coast Main Line routes). It carries both passengers and freight. A branch from Bridge of Dun to Brechin remains as a preserved railway. A station at Laurencekirk has been re-opened.

The company merged with the Scottish Midland Junction Railway to form the Scottish North Eastern Railway.

Why built

This completed the West Coast Main Line route north to Aberdeen, the fourth largest town in Scotland at the time (now third) and an important port, the line also serving a number of towns either directly (eg Stonehaven) or with branches (Brechin and Montrose [CR]).

The North British Railway had running powers from Kinnaber Junction to Aberdeen. (Back in 1847 when the line was independent the NBR had invested in the line when it was short of funds and works north of Montrose had stalled.)

Service

From Montrose to Aberdeen the line carries both local trains and long distance services of the East Coast and West Coast mainlines.



Dates

  /  /1845Aberdeen Railway
Act receives Royal assent. The line with run from Guthrie and Friockheim north largely by the coast to Aberdeen with branches to Brechin and Montrose.
  /  /1846Arbroath and Forfar Railway Aberdeen Railway
Act passed to allow the Arbroath and Forfar Railway to be leased by the Aberdeen Railway.
  /  /1847Aberdeen Railway Great North of Scotland Railway
Fusion Act made available to merge the Aberdeen Railway with the Great North of Scotland Railway. This Act was not used.
  /  /1847Aberdeen Railway
Friockheim Viaduct built, 189m in length. (Date often given as 1840, which is very unlikely.)
  /  /1847Aberdeen Railway
Aberdeen Railway authorised to buy land at ^The Inches^ for the Aberdeen [Guild Street] station approach and station. Considerable infill on the west bank of the River Dee was required for both the approach and station site (and the docks developed to the east).
  /  /1848Arbroath and Forfar Railway Aberdeen Railway
Arbroath and Forfar Railway leased by the Aberdeen Railway.
01/02/1848Aberdeen Railway
Guthrie Junction and Friockheim Junction (merging at Glasterlaw Junction) to termini at Brechin and Montrose [CR] (dividing at Bridge of Dun) opened. Stations opened at Guthrie, Glasterlaw, Farnell Road, Bridge of Dun, Brechin, Montrose [CR]. Coaches connected with trains at Montrose [CR] allowing passengers to continue north.
07/06/1849Aberdeen Railway
Deviation authorised for the Montrose [CR] branch. Tramway to harbour to be built (not built at this time).
01/11/1849Aberdeen Railway
Line extended from Dubton Junction to Limpet Mill (a temporary terminus north of Stonehaven). Stations at Marykirk, Laurencekirk, Drumlithie, Stonehaven and Limpet Mill.
  /  /1850Aberdeen Railway
Dubton station opened at Dubton Junction.
  /  /1850Aberdeen Railway Great North of Scotland Railway
Amalgamation Act repealed.
  /  /1850Aberdeen Railway
Aberdeen (Guild Street) authorised to be built on the south side of Guild Street.
  /  /1850Aberdeen Railway
Friockheim Junction (excluded) to Glasterlaw Junction (excluded) closed. Friockheim Viaduct out of use. Guthrie used as exchange.
01/02/1850Aberdeen Railway
Line extended north from Limpet Mill to Portlethen. Limpet Mill, a short lived terminus, closed. Muchalls and Portlethen opened.
01/04/1850Aberdeen Railway
Aberdeen Ferryhill opened, with the extension of the line north from Portlethen. New stations at Cove and Aberdeen Ferryhill.
  /  /1851Aberdeen Railway
Craigo and Newtonhill opened.
  /  /1853Aberdeen Railway
The Aberdeen Railway is granted an extension of time to the Act to complete the line for the difficult section of line between Aberdeen [Ferryhill] and Aberdeen [Guild Street].
22/09/1853Aberdeen Railway
A portion of The Inches purchased by the Aberdeen Railway (originally approved 1847).
02/08/1854Aberdeen Railway
Extension of the line to the new Aberdeen Guild Street terminus from the temporary terminus Aberdeen Ferryhill, which closed.
03/08/1854Aberdeen Railway Deeside Railway
The Deeside Railway is granted running powers over the Aberdeen Railway between the Aberdeen (Guild Street) terminus and Ferryhill Junction. The payment required was established in 1855.
  /  /1856Aberdeen RailwayScottish Midland Junction RailwayScottish North Eastern Railway
The Aberdeen Railway merged with Scottish Midland Junction Railway to become Scottish North Eastern Railway.
  /  /1856Aberdeen Railway
Fordoun and New Mill Offset opened.
01/04/1856Great North of Scotland Railway
Kittybrewster [1st] to Aberdeen Waterloo opened completely (with horse tramway to the Aberdeen Railway^s terminus at Aberdeen Guild Street). Kittybrewster [1st] and Aberdeen Waterloo stations opened. Original Aberdeen Kittybrewster terminus closed.
  /  /1862Aberdeen Railway
Approval to lift road up onto bridge over line at Bridge of Dun.
  /  /1862Aberdeen Railway
Additional works and improvements at Stonehvaen authorised.
01/04/1863Aberdeen Railway
Friockheim Junction to Glasterlaw Junction re-opened. Friockheim Viaduct brought back into use.
  /  /1864Aberdeen Railway
Authorisation to close Aberdeen Guild Street to passengers when replaced by Aberdeen Joint, except for Deeside Railway traffic.
  /10/1866Aberdeen Railway
New Mill Offset renamed Newmill Siding.
01/11/1867Aberdeen Railway
Friockheim Junction (excluded) to Glasterlaw Junction (excluded) closed again. Friockheim Viaduct out of use.
04/11/1867Aberdeen Railway
Aberdeen Guild Street closed replaced by Aberdeen Joint.
  /11/1869Aberdeen Railway Montrose and Bervie Railway
Broomfield closed. Remained in timetables until 1877.
23/03/1872Aberdeen Railway
Boiler explosion at Dubton.
  /  /1878Aberdeen Railway
Authorisation to buy land to enlarge Bridge of Dun station.
16/07/1878Aberdeen Railway
Friockheim Junction to Glasterlaw Junction re-opened. Friockheim Viaduct brought back into use.
17/07/1883Aberdeen Railway
Company no longer obliged to built a tramway to Montrose Wet Dock.
  /  /1885North British, Arbroath and Montrose Railway Aberdeen Railway
The North British Railway and Caledonian Railway are granted running powers over the independent Montrose Harbour lines.
  /  /1886Aberdeen Railway
Agreement allows the North British Railway to use Broomfield Siding and Broomfield Junction on the Montrose [CR] branch, crossed by Montrose to Bervie trains following the NBR's take over.
  /  /1886North British, Arbroath and Montrose Railway Aberdeen Railway
Formal agreement between the North British Railway and Caledonian Railway about use of the Montrose Harbour sidings.
  /  /1899Aberdeen Joint (Caledonian Railway) Aberdeen Railway
Authorisation to rebuild and enlarge Aberdeen Joint station and considerably widen the lines, (from two tracks to five to six), south from Denburn Junction to Ferryhill Junction.
  /  /1905Aberdeen Railway
Widening at Polmuir Road authorised. This was the extension of a bridge over Polmuir Road to allow Ferryhill Shed [2nd] to be considerably expanded to the west of the original shed building.
  /  /1907Aberdeen Railway
Permission to buy land to extend Laurencekirk station.
  /  /1907Aberdeen Railway
Caledonian Railway authorised to purchase land for a new marshalling yard, Craiginches Yard.
01/02/1908Aberdeen Railway
Friockheim Junction (excluded) to Glasterlaw Junction (excluded) closed again.
26/04/1910Aberdeen Railway
Authorisation to rebuild station.
26/04/1910Aberdeen Railway
Reconstruction of Laurencekirk authorised.
13/12/1910Aberdeen Railway
Alterations to Aberdeen Guild Street goods authorised.
13/12/1910Aberdeen Railway
Authorisation for further sidings at Craiginches Yard and remodelling of Aberdeen Guild Street Goods.
01/10/1912Aberdeen Railway
Cove renamed Cove Bay.
  /  /1914Aberdeen Railway
Friockheim Viaduct out of use. Line lifted in 1917 for war effort and Friockheim Junction box closed.
  /  /1915Aberdeen Railway
Agreement with Montrose Town Council to stop up and divert Rosehill Road (just south of Broomhill Junction). A level crossing was closed and road diverted to run along the west side of the line to Broomhill Junction.
  /  /1921Aberdeen Railway Aberdeen Harbour Trustees Tramway
Caledonian Railway authorised to build line from Aberdeen Guild Street goods to Aberdeen Corporation Electricity Works.
30/04/1943Aberdeen Railway
Montrose [CR] to Broomfield Junction closed to passengers.
04/12/1950Aberdeen Railway
Muchalls closed.
04/08/1952Aberdeen Railway
Brechin to Bridge of Dun (excluded) closed to passengers.
04/08/1952Aberdeen Railway
Montrose [CR] to Broomfield Junction to Dubton Junction closed to passengers. Dubton station closed.
11/06/1956Aberdeen Railway
Carmont, Cove Bay, Newtonhill and Portlethen closed.
  /  /1962Aberdeen Joint (Caledonian Railway) Aberdeen Railway Arbroath and Forfar Railway Scottish Midland Junction Railway Scottish Central Railway Caledonian Railway Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway Buchanan Street Extension (Caledonian Railway)
A4 Pacifics introduced on the Aberdeen to Glasgow Buchanan Street 3 hour Grampian run.
20/06/1963Aberdeen Railway
Broomfield Junction (excluded) to Dubton Junction (excluded) closed to freight
03/09/1966Aberdeen Joint (Caledonian Railway) Aberdeen Railway Arbroath and Forfar Railway Scottish Midland Junction Railway Scottish Central Railway Caledonian Railway Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway Buchanan Street Extension (Caledonian Railway)
A4 Pacifics from Aberdeen to Glasgow Buchanan Street withdrawn.
19/06/1967Aberdeen Railway
Montrose [CR] (also known as Montrose East) to Broomfield Junction closed to freight.
04/09/1967Scottish Midland Junction Railway Aberdeen Railway
Perth (Stanley Junction) to Laurencekirk (Kinnaber Junction) closed to passengers.
04/09/1967Aberdeen RailwayArbroath and Forfar Railway
Forfar North Junction (excluded) to Bridge of Dun (excluded) closed to all traffic.
04/09/1967Scottish Midland Junction Railway
Arbroath and Forfar Railway
Newtyle and Coupar Angus Railway
Newtyle, Eassie and Glammiss Railway
Aberdeen Railway
Stanley Junction to Kinnaber Junction closed to passengers. Coupar Angus, Alyth Junction, Forfar and Bridge of Dun stations closed.
  /  /1979Aberdeen Railway
Brechin Preservation Society formed.
04/05/1981Aberdeen Railway
Brechin to Kinnaber Junction (excluded) closed.
21/06/1981Aberdeen Railway
New Aberdeen Signalling Centre opened
17/05/1985Aberdeen Railway
Portlethen re-opened
  /02/1998Aberdeen Railway
Proposed re-development of Aberdeen Guild Street Goods and the bus station.
26/02/1998Aberdeen Railway
Tiphook container derailed off a bridge during shunting at Stonehaven.
19/01/2000Aberdeen Railway
Transport Minister Sarah Boyach opposes electrification of the Aberdeen line.
  /11/2002Aberdeen Railway
Aberdeen Guild Street Goods shed demolished.
  /  /2005Aberdeen Railway
In excess of 96% of those surveyed in Newtonhill support re-opening of the station.
  /08/2006Leven Railway Aberdeen Railway
A footbridge from Cameron Bridge, on the former Leven Railway, is offered to the Caledonian Railway [Preserved], which operates the Brechin branch of the former Aberdeen Railway.
17/05/2009Aberdeen Railway
Laurencekirk station re-opened. This was the 65th Modern Era re-opening in Scotland.
  /07/2011Aberdeen Railway
A petition to Transport Secretary Keith Brown signed by nearly half the residents of Newtonhill ask for the station^s re-opening.
12/08/2020Aberdeen Railway
HST derails after hitting landslide at Carron Water Bridge [West Carmont]. The train was halted en route south from Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street High Level due to flooding to the south of Carmont. After reversing and returning through Carmont to Stonehaven a landslip is hit derailing the train some of which is destroyed by fire. The line is closed for investigation, clearance and repairs.

Route described

The line ran from a triangular junction midway between Forfar [2nd] and Arbroath north to Aberdeen by a largely coastal route with branches to Brechin and Montrose. From near Montrose to Aberdeen the line remains open as part of the East Coast Main Line and a portion from Bridge of Dun to Brechin is in preservation as the Caledonian Railway (Preserved).

This line runs through agricultural hinterland. The line had branches to the market town of Brechin, port of Montrose and terminated at the port and former garrison of Aberdeen.


Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Guthrie to Aberdeen

This was the double track mainline of the Aberdeen Railway. Opened partly in 1848 and in stages until completely opened in 1854. The southern portion, now closed, was part of the Strathmore Route. North of the former Kinnaber Junction it remains open. A short portion at Bridge of Dun is in preservation.

Although the site of Guthrie station, just to the west of the junction, has been largely landscaped (except for some buildings), the junction remains recognisable.
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The Forfar - Arbroath goods photographed passing through Guthrie Junction behind a CR 0-4-4T on 6 April 1958. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/04/1958
Looking east at Guthrie Junction. The route to Arbroath was to the left and the Aberdeen Railway was to the right. ...
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44934 piloting 73008 past Guthrie Junction on up Granite City. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 18/07/1953
Up Special passing Guthrie Junction on a windy day. 5P 4.6.0 45497. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 15/08/1953
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This was where the routes from Forfar [2nd] and Arbroath merged to run north to Aberdeen. The line from Forfar was the principal route, the Strathmore line.
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Black 5 4-6-0 45155 passing the site of Glasterlaw Junction with an Aberdeen - Buchanan Street express in the spring of 1953. View north along the ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/04/1953
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This station was immediately north of Glasterlaw Junction on the main line north from Perth via Forfar [2nd] to Aberdeen, the Strathmore line.
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This station is closed and the main building is now a private house. The stone road under-bridge to the east of the site has been removed (it was Tudor styled).
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The former Farnell Road station, looking south. On the left the Strathmore main line crossed over the road by a bridge, removed by 1996. ...
Ewan Crawford //1996
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This is a station on the Caledonian Railway [Preserved] which runs from Bridge of Dun to Brechin. The station was formerly on the Strathmore main line between Perth and Aberdeen via Forfar [2nd].
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D3059 0-6-0 DE shunter, named ^Brechin City^, stabled at Bridge of Dun on the Caledonian Railway in August 1992. ...
John McIntyre 09/08/1992
Works plate of the Caledonian Railway^s D5314, built by BRC&W in 1959 and still going strong.
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David Spaven 01/09/2018
A down Sunday train approaching Bridge of Dun station on 19 July 1953. The locomotive is one of Perth shed^s Jubilee 4-6-0s no 45673 Keppel. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 19/07/1953
Austerity 0-6-0ST No.6 departs from Bridge of Dun, heading back to Brechin on 09 August 1992. The Class 08 on the left is D3059 ^Brechin City^ ...
John McIntyre 09/08/1992
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This station was the junction between the main line of the Aberdeen Railway and its branch to Montrose [CR].
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The up ^Postal^ passing Dubton Junction on 6 April 1953 hauled by Stanier Pacific no 46255 City of Hereford. See image 57064. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 18/05/2020
Perth based Black 5 4-6-0 no 44797 passing Dubton Junction on the first day of August 1953 with a down holiday special from Kilmarnock.
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G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 01/08/1953
Black 5 4-6-0 no 44996 passing through Dubton Junction with a down excursion train on Sunday 19 July 1953. Running off to the left is the line to ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 19/07/1953
Scene at Dubton Junction on Saturday 1 August 1953, with Perth based Black 5 4-6-0 no 44796 approaching at speed with a relief working from Aberdeen ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 01/08/1953
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This is the famous location where the East Coast Main Line and West Coast Main Line routes met until the late 1960s.
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A2 Pacific no 60507 ^Highland Chieftain^ brings an Edinburgh - Aberdeen train north through Kinnaber Junction on 19 July 1953. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 19/07/1953
A relief to the up ^Postal^ runs south through Kinnaber Junction on 6 April 1953. Locomotive in charge is Perth based Black 5 4-6-0 no 44924. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/04/1953
The down ^Granite City^ approaching Kinnaber Junction in the summer of 1953 behind Black 5 4-6-0 no 44796. Montrose Water Works is on the left. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 01/08/1953
One of Ferryhill shed^s A2 Pacifics, no 60531 Bahram, on an ^up^ express, has cleared Kinnaber Junction on Saturday 1st August 1953. The ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 01/08/1953
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This was a two platform station. Nothing remains of the station except the signal box, a disused loading bank and a siding (at the north end east side of the line accessed from the south). The siding formerly served a goods shed.
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Craigo box, with the line to Aberdeen running off to the right. ...
Ewan Crawford //1989
Northbound ECML service passing the up starter at Craigo on 27 February ...
Bill Roberton 27/02/2008
60009 (running as Osprey) passes Craigo signal box with the ^North Briton^ to Aberdeen on a murky 9 March 1991. The signalbox was re-activated in 2019 ...
Bill Roberton 09/03/1991
The signal box at Craigo in October 1998 looking north. ...
David Panton /10/1998
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This is a 13 span double track viaduct 315 yds long overall crossing the River North Esk, 58 ft over the river.
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A1 No.60163 Tornado is ten minutes late as it races north across Marykirk Viaduct with The Aberdonian. ...
John Gray 16/09/2019
Rebuilt Scot no 46115 Scots Guardsman races across Marykirk Viaduct on 17 April with The Great Britain IV on its way to Inverness ...
John Gray 17/04/2011
The sun starts to lift the har as 70013 heads north over Marykirk viaduct with The Great Britain 3. ...
John Robin 11/04/2010
Southbound 125 crossing the North Esk Viaduct west of Marykirk. ...
Ewan Crawford 27/01/2007
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This was a two platform station. It was not convenient for the village of Marykirk, being some distance to the north.
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This is a two platform station. The original station building remains on the down (northbound) platform. There was a larger building on the southbound platform, also with canopy, but this has not survived.
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The 1530hrs Edinburgh to Aberdeen service in the down platform at Laurencekirk on 25th August 2018.
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David Prescott 25/08/2018
Scotrail HST about to run over the Laurencekirk foot crossing on 5th August 2020. ...
Duncan Ross 05/08/2020
The details of the Heritage Mosaic at Laurencekirk. ...
John Yellowlees 18/08/2017
Official opening of Laurencekirk station on 18th May 2009. ...
Duncan Ross 18/05/2009
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This was a two platform station. The main station building was on the southbound platform. This, and the goods shed, were built in stone. Neither has survived. A building by the former northbound platform still exists, in use as a house, another station building.
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The 12.07 First Scotrail Class 170 Aberdeen - Edinburgh approaches Fordoun on 20 October 2012. Photographed from the road bridge alongside the station ...
John McIntyre 20/10/2012
The morning HST service from Leeds to Aberdeen passes the former station at Fordoun (closed 1956) between Laurencekirk and Stonehaven on 20 October ...
John McIntyre 20/10/2012
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This is a double track viaduct south of Drumlithie (and north of Fordoun which is further south).
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This was a two platform station with the main building on the southbound platform.
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The second of the two photographs taken at Drumlithie station in the mid 19th century and supplied by Gordon Will. His relative Robert Morrison was a ...
Gordon Will Collection //1854
An old and much faded photograph taken during the early years at Drumlithie station, Aberdeenshire, located on the main line 7 miles south of ...
Gordon Will Collection //1854
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This was a two platform station with minimal passenger facilities. It was largely a small goods station. This is an area of low population west of Stonehaven.
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Carmont signal box, from the south in 1999, with the line going north into the defile of the Carron Water. The former New Mill corn mill is to the ...
Ewan Crawford //1999
A northbound HST passes Carmont signal box. ...
Duncan Ross 08/08/2019
The bright lights of Carmont. ...
Ewan Crawford //2005
60163 ^Tornado^ passing Carmont on 8th August 2019. ...
Duncan Ross 08/08/2019
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This was a short lived halt, with a short timber platform on each side of the line, at Den Cottage, just over a mile north of Carmont. The halt was provided for Louisa Emslie, whose father Tom was a ganger residing at Den Cottage (located on the south side of the line and now derelict).
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This is a double track masonry bridge over the Carron Water between Carmont and Stonehaven. It is one of three bridges over the Carron Water, this being closest to Carmont and located in a water course^s defile.
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Excavators and dump trucks in use at the Carmont crash site on 5th September 2020. ...
Duncan Ross 05/09/2020
The huge Ainscough crane being used at the Carmont crash site to lift the rear power car out on 10th September 2020.
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Duncan Ross 10/09/2020
Another 3 mile (each way) hike into Fetteresso forest on 5th September 2020 but not much change at the Carmont crash site from my last visit. However, ...
Duncan Ross 05/09/2020
Repairs to the embankment, railway and viaduct at West Carmont. ...
Network Rail /10/2020
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This is a double track bridge over the Carron Water between Carmont and Stonehaven, north of Carron Wood.
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This is a double track bridge over the Carron Water between Carmont and Stonehaven.
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A September 2020 view of the recently completed works at the bridge over the Carron Water. I was actually expecting to see both sides of the bridge ...
Duncan Ross 27/09/2020
A follow up to photos taken at the Carron Water bridge on 12th July 2020 - see image 73730 - now that STORY have departed. This was the scene at ...
Duncan Ross 27/09/2020
View of the foundations of the bridge over the River Carron at Dunnotar on 12th July 2020. The Carron has been temporarily diverted while the work ...
Duncan Ross 12/07/2020
I investigated this construction site on a Sunday morning (120720) while it was devoid of Story contractors. The River Carron has been temporarily ...
Duncan Ross 12/07/2020
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This signal box was between Stonehaven and Carmont. The box was on the north side of the line. The box was quite some way west of Dunnottar at Auquhirie, about three miles west of Dunnottar House by road.
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This is a ten section double track girder viaduct. It crossed the Carron Water and now crosses the A92. It is west of Stonehaven station. ...

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A bit more light would have been nice at 07:14. A rake of 5 new carriages crosses the Fettersso Viaduct just south of Stonehaven station (seen distant ...
Duncan Ross 14/10/2019
GNER and Scotrail passing on the viaduct over the A90 in October 2004. ...
Duncan Ross 08/10/2004
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This is a two platform station. When built, this station was quite far outside Stonehaven - built nearly a mile west at Arduthie - but the town has expanded to include it. The station is on high ground above the harbour.
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^Not to be moved^. The 07:05 for Inverurie, stabled at Stonehaven, on 14th August 2020 during the Carmont closure.
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Duncan Ross 14/08/2020
An Inverurie service approaches Stonehaven on 18th September 2018 past lovely semaphores. ...
David Panton 20/09/2018
Perth based Black 5 4-6-0 no 45460 approaching Stonehaven from the north at the head of the up ^Saint Mungo^ on 2 April 1956. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 02/04/1956
70813 passes through Stonehaven with the 6A34 China Clay service on 8th July 2020, as I try out my new 8mm ^fisheye^ lens. ...
Duncan Ross 08/07/2020
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This was a 14 span double track viaduct and is now a 10 span girder viaduct. It crosses Glen Ury and the Cowrie Water.
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A drone can be very useful! Leeds-Aberdeen HST nears the end of its journey as it crosses the Glenury Viaduct just north of Stonehaven Station.The ...
John Gray 11/09/2018
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This four span double track viaduct is north of Glenury Viaduct and Stonehaven and south of Limpet Mill and Muchalls.
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This was a short lived station, a temporary terminus from November 1849 to February 1850. It was a short lived station while the culvert at Limpet Cornmill and the rest of the line north to Portlethen was built. ...

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This is a four span double track viaduct south of the former Muchalls station. ...

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After waiting at Muchall^s Mill for about 3/4 hour I was getting worried as ^Tornado^ was well past its 13:23 Stonehaven passing. I was busy checking ...
Duncan Ross 31/08/2019
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This was a two platform station. The main station building was on the northbound platform.
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The last 0952hrs Aberdeen to Kings Cross HST of 2018 is only 14 minutes into its journey as it crosses Muchalls Viaduct on a sunny New Year^s Eve. It ...
G W Robin 31/12/2018
Black 5 No 45407 ascends the gradient past Muchalls with the Great Britain VI on the way to Aberdeen on 24 April. In the background is the ...
John Gray 24/04/2013
The peace memorial alongside the former station at Muchalls, north of Stonehaven, in April 2011. The memorial, on a mound behind the site of the up ...
Brian Taylor 17/04/2011
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This is a four span double track viaduct north of the former Muchalls station.
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So there I am, waiting patiently in a good location, which is at Pheppie Burn (Muchalls) viaduct, to get a photo of the COLAS China Clay train with a ...
Duncan Ross 02/10/2019
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This was a two platform station. A signal box on the west side of the line remained until April 2019. The site is now controlled from Aberdeen.
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The ^Great Britain XII^ has the appearance of a ghost train as it runs through an east coast Haar at Newtonhill on its way to Aberdeen hauled by A4 ...
John Gray 01/05/2019
Newtonhill signal box (and a rather no-nonsense building) seen in May 1960. ...
David Murray-Smith /05/1960
The somewhat spartan Newtonhill station seen in May 1960. ...
David Murray-Smith /05/1960
The 09.52 LNER service from Aberdeen to Kings Cross passes through the site of Newtonhill Station, closed in 1956. The signalbox closed on 28 April ...
Bill Roberton 25/03/2019
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This is a five span double track viaduct. It is not far north of the former Newtonhill station.
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This is a two platform station. The station is a modern re-opening on the site of the original station, slightly to its south.
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Colas 70817 passes Portlethen with the Oxwellmains to Aberdeen Craiginches cement train on 10th February 2020.
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Bill Roberton 10/02/2020
158 703 with a southbound service at Portlethen in May 1999. ...
David Panton /05/1999
47518 heading north through Portlethen station in 1989. ...
Ewan Crawford //1989
Taken from the 21:00 Edinburgh to Aberdeen at Portlethen on 18th November 2018. Lots of workers, but I presume they were not tending the flower beds ...
Alan Cormack 18/11/2018
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This works was south of Cove Bay station and was rail served. ...

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This was a two platform station. The main station building was on the southbound platform, the village side of the station. The buildings were replaced with new larger buildings on both platforms. These were of Caledonian Railway turn of the century design.
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Main line south of Cove Bay in 1961 showing abandoned cutting on right. The site is the disused Black Hill Quarries. [Ref query 29 September 2018] ...
David Murray-Smith //1961
View through Cove Bay station on 4 April 1961 with a breakdown train approaching on its way north. The locomotive in charge is Perth based Black 5 ...
David Murray-Smith 14/04/1961
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This is an important freight yard south of Aberdeen.
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A Network Rail crane in Craiginches Yard on 2nd September 2020. This was one of two such machines waiting to go down to the Carmont crash site.
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Duncan Ross 02/09/2020
44703 climbing away (south of Craiginches) from Aberdeen on the 13.30 to Glasgow on 3rd September 1966. ...
Robin McGregor 03/09/1966
DRS 66422, at the head of a long line of flat beds and two cranes, in Craiginches Yard on 2nd September 2020. One crane was a Network Rail machine and ...
Duncan Ross 02/09/2020
66412 in Malcolm livery in Craiginches Yard, Aberdeen, on 25 September 2009, having arrived with a container service from Mossend. At the time, 66412 ...
John McIntyre 25/09/2009
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This is a double track arched and girder viaduct. The overall length is 283 yards and it is 50 ft high. The central portion consists of six girder sections over the River Dee and roadways, and with five arches at the north end. It is also known as the Ferryhill Viaduct.
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This is the bridge over the River Dee looking south, it has getting refurbished for the last few months. Taken from the Duthie Park, behind the ...
Alan Cormack 16/03/2017
Crossing the Dee Viaduct on the approach to Aberdeen in June 1974. ...
John McIntyre 08/06/1974
A class 40 heads south from Aberdeen over the Dee Viaduct on 25 May 1975 ...
John McIntyre 25/05/1975
The Dee viaduct seen on a February afternoon in 1973, with an unidentified diesel shunter crossing on its way from Craiginches yard back to Guild ...
John McIntyre /02/1973
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This was the junction between the Deeside Railway and the Aberdeen Railway. The junction was just north of Ferryhill Shed [1st] and the Dee Viaduct and south of Ferryhill (Aberdeen) (which survived until 1854 to be replaced by Aberdeen Guild Street), later replaced by Aberdeen Joint. The junction gave access to the branch from Aberdeen Joint.
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47517 comes off the shed and heads towards Aberdeen station (to the right) at Ferryhill Junction on 19th April 1977. ...
John McIntyre 19/04/1977
Brush Type 4 1620 approaches Ferryhill Junction SB with a southbound express as a Class 40 heads to Aberdeen on the afternoon of 21st April 1973. ...
John McIntyre 21/04/1973
A Brush Type 4 brings the 1S17 service (ex Kings Cross?) off the River Dee Viaduct on the curve towards Ferryhill Junction on 25 May 1975. Photo taken ...
John McIntyre 25/05/1975
A Stonehaven local southbound out of Aberdeen on the approach to Ferryhill Junction in April 1954. At the head of the train is Ferryhill Black 5 4-6-0 ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 19/04/1954
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The original Ferryhill Shed was in the ^V^ of the junction between the Aberdeen Railway and the Deeside Railway with approach from the north.
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This was a short lived terminus in Aberdeen, south of the later Aberdeen Guild Street, which replaced it in 1854, and north of Ferryhill Junction. Nothing remains of this former terminus. Contemporary pictures show a station with a trainshed just north of the Dee Viaduct.
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The corridor tender of A4 4-6-2 60024 ^Kingfisher^ is prominent in this view, at Ferryhill shed, with the water bag in and awaiting afternoon duty on ...
Robin McGregor 02/04/1966
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This junction was south of Aberdeen Guild Street. From this junction the Denburn Valley Line ran through Aberdeen Joint (today^s Aberdeen station) leaving the original Aberdeen Guild Street terminus on a short branch.
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Aberdeen Joint (Caledonian Railway)
The southern approach to Aberdeen in the spring of 1954. Black 5 4-6-0 no 44979 brings in a Sunday service from Glasgow Buchanan Street. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 11/04/1954
Point rodding at Aberdeen South signal box in 1961. ...
David Murray-Smith 15/02/1961
Gresley V2 2-6-2 no 60824 about to pass Aberdeen South box on 19 April 1954 with a relief working from Glasgow Buchanan Street. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 19/04/1954
The interior of Aberdeen South Signal Box illuminated by the rapidly sinking winter sun. Taken during a visit by the AURS to the then 3 remaining ...
Charlie Niven /02/1980
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This goods yard was on the east side of Aberdeen Guild Street station, the northern terminus of the Aberdeen Railway.
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This was the terminus of the Aberdeen Railway. A short lived terminus Aberdeen Ferryhill existed near Ferryhill Junction to the south before the last portion of the line opened.
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Looking from Guild Street goods yard, across Market Street, into Aberdeen docks (Jamieson^s Quay) in 2000, with track remaining in the roadways. ...
Bill Roberton //2000
D200 at Aberdeen Guild Street Goods in 1985. ...
Crinan Dunbar //1985
D200 and class 47s in Guild Street Goods on the curve formerly giving access to the harbour in 1985. ...
Crinan Dunbar //1985
Two BRCW Class 27s, and a Brush 47, in the stabling area next to Aberdeen station in May 1987. The last of these Type 2s were withdrawn during August ...
Crinan Dunbar /05/1987
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Friockheim Fork

This double track curve allowed running from Dundee East to Aberdeen. The fork had a chequered history, opening and re-opening a number of times. Opened 1848 and closed 1857. Re-opened 1863 and closed 1867. Re-opened for a final time between 1878 and 1908.

This junction had a very chequered history - opening and re-closing several times.
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Looking south at Friockheim Junction. The Aberdeen Railway came in from the left and the former route to Forfar is to the right. ...
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This fine eight arch double track masonry viaduct crossed the B965 ^Station Road^, Vinney Water and Lunan Water. It was on the Friockheim Junction to Glasterlaw Junction (^Friockheim Fork^) curve which opened and closed on a number of occasions.
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The former Friockheim Viaduct seen looking north from Station Road on 6 April 1958. Built by the Aberdeen Railway in 1848 the structure formed part of ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/04/1958
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This was where the routes from Forfar [2nd] and Arbroath merged to run north to Aberdeen. The line from Forfar was the principal route, the Strathmore line.
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Black 5 4-6-0 45155 passing the site of Glasterlaw Junction with an Aberdeen - Buchanan Street express in the spring of 1953. View north along the ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/04/1953
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Brechin Branch

This single track branch, opened 1848 and closed 1981, ran from Bridge of Dun to Brechin. It is now preserved as the ^Caledonian Railway^ - the line unfortunately not connected the railway network.

This is a station on the Caledonian Railway [Preserved] which runs from Bridge of Dun to Brechin. The station was formerly on the Strathmore main line between Perth and Aberdeen via Forfar [2nd].
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D3059 0-6-0 DE shunter, named ^Brechin City^, stabled at Bridge of Dun on the Caledonian Railway in August 1992. ...
John McIntyre 09/08/1992
Works plate of the Caledonian Railway^s D5314, built by BRC&W in 1959 and still going strong.
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David Spaven 01/09/2018
A down Sunday train approaching Bridge of Dun station on 19 July 1953. The locomotive is one of Perth shed^s Jubilee 4-6-0s no 45673 Keppel. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 19/07/1953
Austerity 0-6-0ST No.6 departs from Bridge of Dun, heading back to Brechin on 09 August 1992. The Class 08 on the left is D3059 ^Brechin City^ ...
John McIntyre 09/08/1992
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This junction was controlled by a ground frame. The east fork of the Forfar and Brechin Railway met the former Aberdeen Railway branch to Brechin at a junction which allowed running from the Forfar line to Bridge of Dun bypassing Brechin.
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The shed at Brechin was replaced at the same time as the Forfar and Brechin Railway opened (1895) and in readiness for the opening of Brechin and Edzell District Railway (1896).
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A small goods yard was opened with the passenger station, just to its south. A new goods yard opened further east during the station expansion.
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This is an artificial name for this location.
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The original engine shed was located at the east end of the station, north of the line close to a road overbridge.
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The imposing northern elevation of Brechin station adjoins Platform 1, and has been the subject of much restoration work by the Caledonian Railway. ...
David Spaven 01/09/2018
The Caledonian Railway terminus at Brechin was opened in 1848 by the
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D5314 prepares to run round the stock of the 13.40 departure from Brechin on 1st September 2018. The loco is framed by the columns of the former ...
David Spaven 01/09/2018
Classic vehicles complement the classic traction for a period feel as D5314 rests at Brechin on arrival with the first train of the day from Bridge of ...
David Spaven 01/09/2018
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Montrose Branch

This single track branch, opened 1848 and closed 1963, ran from Dubton to Montrose [CR], passing under the North British Railway and being met by the Montrose and Bervie Railway close to Montrose [CR].

This station was the junction between the main line of the Aberdeen Railway and its branch to Montrose [CR].
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The up ^Postal^ passing Dubton Junction on 6 April 1953 hauled by Stanier Pacific no 46255 City of Hereford. See image 57064. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 18/05/2020
Perth based Black 5 4-6-0 no 44797 passing Dubton Junction on the first day of August 1953 with a down holiday special from Kilmarnock.
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G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 01/08/1953
Black 5 4-6-0 no 44996 passing through Dubton Junction with a down excursion train on Sunday 19 July 1953. Running off to the left is the line to ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 19/07/1953
Scene at Dubton Junction on Saturday 1 August 1953, with Perth based Black 5 4-6-0 no 44796 approaching at speed with a relief working from Aberdeen ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 01/08/1953
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Looking North at the former site of Broomfield Junction. ...
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64615 at Broomfield Junction with the 1960 RCTS/SLS Joint Scottish Tour. To the left is the line to Dubton, the train is coming off the Bervie line ...
WA Camwell (Copyright Stephenson Locomotive Society) 16/06/1960
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This set of sidings was to the north of Montrose [CR] station. It was approached from the north east, Dubton direction. ...

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This shed was immediately south of Montrose [CR] passenger station. It was approached from the east. The shed closed in 1939 and was demolished.
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This station was a terminus. Also known as Montrose East. It was the terminus of the 1848 Aberdeen Railway branch from Dubton and was approached from the north east, the line going from Montrose turning first north and then north west to reach Dubton. (The main line of the Aberdeen Railway was extended north to Portlethen in 1849.)
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The former Caledonian Railway terminus in Montrose, closed in April 1934 when all passenger services were concentrated on the nearby North British ...
Andy Furnevel 18/09/2014
The former trackbed at Montrose CR has been turned into a garden. This was a terminus and the line to Dubton ran off to the right. A line continued to ...
Jim Pattison //2009
Part of the converted waiting room at the former Caledonian Railway terminus in Montrose, now the residents lounge in a sheltered housing complex see ...
Andy Furnevel 18/09/2014
A view of the former Caledonian terminus at Montrose, now sheltered housing. The building had a large trainshed and although this has been removed it ...
Jim Pattison //2009
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This quay was the end of the sidings into Montrose Harbour from Montrose [CR] station. It was later to also be served by lines from the North British Railway Montrose station, the present station.
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Books


A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: The North of Scotland v. 15 (Regional railway history series)

Aberdeen 1900: Aberdeenshire Sheet 75.11 (Old O.S. Maps of Aberdeenshire)

Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire: 40 Coast and Country Walks

Aberdeen City Centre History Tour

Aberdeen City Centre Through Time

Aberdeen in Old Picture Postcards

Aberdeen in the Fifties and Sixties

Aberdeen Remembered: By Aberdeen City Libraries and Museums

Aberdeen, Inverurie and Pitmedden (OS Landranger Map)

Aberdeen: An Illustrated Architectural Guide (RIAS illustrated architectural guides to Scotland)

Aberdeenshire: South and Aberdeen (Pevsner Architectural Guides) (Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of Scotland)

Aberdeenshire's Lost Railways

Angus and Kincardineshire's Lost Railways

BR Steam in Colour: London to Aberdeen from the Bill Reed Collection

Bradshaw's Guide Scotland's Railways East Coast Berwick to Aberdeen & Beyond: Volume 6

Brechin 1901: Forfarshire Sheet 28.13 (Old O.S. Maps of Forfarshire)

British Railways Steam - King's Cross to Aberdeen: From the Bill Reed Collection

Bygone Montrose: With Inverkeilor, Lunan Bay, Rossie, Usan, Ferryden, Bridge of Dun, Hillside, Dubton and Craigo

Caledonian Routes 1: Aberdeen, Strathmore Line & Branches

Cock o' the North: Aberdeen to Kyle of Lochalsh - Study in Diesel Power Through Its Various Stages

Great North Memories: Aberdeen No. 2: Scenes of the North East's Own Railway

Hidden Aberdeen: History on Your Doorstep and Under Your Feet

Joint Station: Aberdeen Station, 1867-1992

Landranger (54) Dundee & Montrose, Forfar & Arbroath (OS Landranger Map)

Memories of Steam from Glasgow to Aberdeen

Memories of Steam from Glasgow to Aberdeen

Memories of Steam from Glasgow to Aberdeen

Montrose The Postcard Collection

Montrose Through Time
National Series of Waterway, Tramway and Railway Atlases: Aberdeen v. 1m
On Either Side, 1939: The Train between London King's Cross & Edinburgh Waverley, Fort William, Inverness & Aberdeen (Old House)

OS Explorer Map (389) Forfar, Brechin and Edzell (OS Explorer Paper Map) (OS Explorer Active Map)

Railways Of Scotland 4: Aberdeen And The Grampians DVD - Cinerail

Railways Of Scotland 7: Perth To Kinnaber Junction DVD - Cinerail

The Montrose & Bervie Railway: A Study of Transport in South-East Kincardineshire 1770-1966

The Railways of Aberdeen: 150 Years of History: One Hundred and Fifty Years of History
The Railways of Strathmore (Perth, Forfar and Brechin)The 'Subbies': The story of Aberdeen's suburban trains 1887-1987