Aboyne and Braemar Railway

Introduction

This railway is closed. The railway provided a service from Aboyne to Ballater. The line was an extension of the Deeside Extension Railway and the Deeside Railway. The service between Ballater and Braemar was provided by Traction Engine. The nearest station today is at Aberdeen.






Dates

  /  /1865Deeside RailwayDeeside Extension RailwayAboyne and Braemar Railway
Royal couriers first use line rather than Cairnwell Pass road to get to Balmoral Castle from the south.
05/07/1865Aboyne and Braemar Railway
Act receives Royal assent.
  /10/1865Aboyne and Braemar Railway
First sod cut.
  /  /1866Aboyne and Braemar Railway
Ballater to Bridge of Gairn section construction abandoned.
30/07/1866Deeside RailwayDeeside Extension RailwayAboyne and Braemar RailwayGreat North of Scotland Railway
Deeside lines leased for 999 years by Great North of Scotland Railway.
17/10/1866Aboyne and Braemar Railway
Opened from Aboyne to Ballater with stations at Aboyne, Dinnet and Ballater.
31/01/1876Aboyne and Braemar RailwayGreat North of Scotland Railway
Aboyne and Braemar Railway absorbed by the Great North of Scotland Railway.
  /  /1878Aboyne and Braemar Railway
Cambus O' May opened.
  /  /1958Deeside Railway Deeside Extension Railway Aboyne and Braemar Railway
Battery railcar introduced between Aberdeen and Ballater.
28/02/1966Aboyne and Braemar Railway
Ballater to Aberdeen (Ferryhill Junction) closed to passengers.
18/07/1966Deeside RailwayDeeside Extension RailwayAboyne and Braemar Railway
Ballater to Culter (excluded) closed to freight.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This was a two platform station. The main station building was on the eastbound platform. This had a large glazed canopy.
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Aboyne railway station yesterday, part of the building is now a café, 'Spider on a bicycle' it was a welcome stop while I ran from Holburn Street ...
Alan Cormack 14/04/2017
Aboyne railway station yesterday, part of the building is now a café, 'Spider on a bicycle' it was a welcome stop while I ran from Holburn Street ...
Alan Cormack 14/04/2017
Former Aboyne Station.This is the platform side where trains would have stopped. View looking east. The building houses a variety of small ...
John Gray 27/07/2016
Platform side at Aboyne, the tunnel under the A93 is in the distance, a new addition is the electric car re-charging point, it's a shame that the ...
Alan Cormack 16/03/2017


This was a two platform station with a passing loop. The station building still survives on the eastbound platform.
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The former station building at Dinnet on 20 April 2017 looking east along the platform towards Aboyne. Note the unusual round window, installed as a ...
Andy Furnevel 20/04/2017
The former station building at Dinnet, complete with totem, now an office. Seen from the approach road in April 2017. ...
Andy Furnevel 20/04/2017
View westbound at Dinnet goods, just over the level crossing from the station. ...
Ewan Crawford 04/02/1997
Inside looking out. View south across the platforms at Dinnet from the former station on 20 April 2017. Following closure of the line the building was ...
Andy Furnevel 20/04/2017

This was a single platform station. The platform, on the north side of the line, survives as does the station building. To the east was a siding for a loading bank, served from the west. By reversal this gave access to a long siding which ran to the north east.
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The Ferry Inn, now known as Cutaway Cottage, in its current guise. For many decades before the railway arrived people took the ferry to and from the ...
Charlie Niven 17/11/2018
Old railway gate close to the Ferry Inn see image 70097 or 'docket hoose' at Cambus o'May. Looking at the 1865 25' OS map it seems there was a ...
Charlie Niven 17/11/2018
This plan extract shows the proposed position of the planned Aboyne and Braemar Railway as two red lines. These pass across the Ferry Inn ...
Charlie Niven 25/10/2019
The original 1905 suspension bridge being cut up ready for replacement. At the time I just happened to be taking a walk along the old Deeside Line ...
Charlie Niven /07/1987

This was the terminus of the Deeside line from Aberdeen. The terminus was at the Station Square in the middle of Ballater. The building was burned down in 2015 but had been, despite the closure of the station, been rebuilt. The terminus has a long association with the Royal Family and Queen Victoria, this station being the closest to Balmoral Castle.
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The old goods shed at Ballater, photographed in April 1960. See 21565.
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David Murray-Smith 14/04/1960
How the station used to look. The station will be opened officially on Monday but the tea rooms and main concourse were opened to the public last ...
John Gray 18/08/2018
Information panels on the wall of the rebuilt Ballater Station. ...
John Gray 18/08/2018
The restored station at Ballater showing some detail from
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David Prescott 25/08/2018

After opening of the Aboyne and Braemar Railway to Ballater a start was made on taking the line further west to Braemar was made. The trackbed was extended as far west as Bridge of Gairn before being abandoned. ...

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View west to Braemar from the trackbed at Bridge of Gairn, just west of Ballater. When the line arrived at Ballater in 1866 the trackbed did not ...
Ewan Crawford 04/02/1997