Alford Valley Railway


This line is closed. The railway ran from Alford to Kintore it connected to the Great North of Scotland Railway. Today the nearest station is at Inverurie.

The line served several large quarries.


  /  /1856[Alford Valley Railway]
Act receives Royal assent
21/03/1859[Alford Valley Railway]
Line opened
30/07/1866[Alford Valley Railway]
[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Alford Valley Railway absorbed by Great North of Scotland Railway.
  /  /1903[Great North of Scotland Railway]
[Alford Valley Railway]
[Inverury and Old Meldrum Junction Railway]
[St Combs Light Railway] ([Great North of Scotland Railway])
Railcars used on the Alford, Lossiemouth, Old Meldrum and St Combs lines.
02/01/1950[Alford Valley Railway]
Alford to Kintore closed to passengers
02/01/1966[Alford Valley Railway]
Alford to Paradise siding closed to freight
07/11/1966[Alford Valley Railway]
Paradise Siding to Kintore closed to freight

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.

Kintore to Alford

This single track passenger and goods line ran from Kintore to Alford.

This was a three platform station. There were two platforms on the main line and a bay platform at the north end, on the west side, for the Alford branch. There was a goods yard also at the north end on the west side, approached from the north. There was a turntable for the branch locomotive.

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View east of the former Kintore station from the loading bank in 1997. The former goods station has been obliterated and is now The Carriages. As a ...
Ewan Crawford 03/02/1997
View west from the west end of the former Kintore station looking towards the junction for Alford. There was a bay platform to the left by the goods ...
Ewan Crawford 03/02/1997
Kintore former Down platform looking a little overgrown in October 2012. Hopefully it may re-open when this part of the Aberdeen to Inverness line is ...
John McIntyre 19/10/2012
47.633 leads 6 coaches on an Inverness to Aberdeen working in May 1987. This was my last holiday on Deeside before my parents moved South. [see image ...
Ken Strachan /05/1987

This siding was to the north of Kintore station on the Alford Valley Railway. It was located on the north side of the line and served from the east. ...

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This was a single platform station. There was a goods yard to the south, approached from the station.

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This was a single platform station on the single track Alford branch. The platform was on the north side of the line with a goods yard to the east, also on the north side, served from the east. A sawmill was built in the yard after opening.

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This was a two platform station with a passing loop on a single track line. The main station building was on the westbound platform.

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This embankment shot was taken in April 2015 facing east. This section can now be seen from the main road as the forestry commission recently removed ...
Wyndham Williams /04/2015
This is the view east of Tillyfourie station looking east and again is walk able for a small section and used by residents. The house is Tillyfourie ...
Wyndham Williams 15/12/2015
View from the goods loading bank at Tillyfourie looking to the station, and Kintore, in 1997. ...
Ewan Crawford 03/02/1997
This photograph shows the deepest section of Tillyfourie cutting. It is an east facing shot with Alford to my back and the Tillyfourie station some ...
Wyndham Williams 14/02/2016

This was a single platform station on the south of the line and to the east of the terminus, Alford.

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This Whitehouse view is taken looking west towards Alford. This section is somewhat passable up until the Bandlay Junction. The photograph was taken ...
Wyndham Williams 15/12/2015

This was a single platform terminus on a standard gauge railway. Today the site is a station on a narrow gauge railway.

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View towards Kintore at the rebuilt Alford station. The locomotive shed was ahead and the carriage shed still stands behind the camera, now in use as ...
Ewan Crawford 03/02/1997
The station at Alford in 2006. This station was built by the narrow gauge Alford Valley Railway Company to replace the original AVR station which had ...
John Furnevel 08/11/2006
Alford station on the 2 foot gauge Alford Valley Railway on 16 October 2012. The static diesel and coaches in the foreground are part of a children's ...
John McIntyre 16/10/2012
One of the two trams that linked the GNSR Cruden Bay Hotel and Cruden Bay station on display at the Grampian Transport Museum, Alford, in October ...
John McIntyre 16/10/2012