Banff, Portsoy and Strathisla Railway

Introduction

This railway is closed. The railway provided a service from Grange to Portsoy [1st] and Banff. Later the Great North of Scotland Railway extended the Portsoy line to Lossie Junction on the Morayshire Railway; the Moray Coast Railway (Great North of Scotland Railway). Following this the line provided a service from Cairnie Junction to Elgin East with a branch to Banff.

The line was also known as the Banffshire Railway after 1863.






Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Grange to Tillynaught

Grange junction to Tillynaught junction.

This was a two platform station for much of its existence. From 1859 to 1886 it was the junction station for the Banff, Portsoy and Strathisla Railway with the junction at the east end of the station. Because of this it had a turntable at the east end, north of the line. There was a bay at the east end of the eastbound platform. The station had a loop before the main line was doubled. The main ...

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The site of Grange station on the Aberdeen - Inverness line with only the remains of the down platform left.
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John Williamson 19/04/2009
Sprinter passing Grange, view looking east. ...
Ewan Crawford //

This was one of the junctions of the triangular junction former between the Great North of Scotland Railway and the Banff, Portsoy and Strathisla Railway, the other junctions being Grange Junction (to the west) and Grange South Junction (later Cairnie Junction) to the south. Grange North was actually in the east but was clearly named for the distinction from the south junction.
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Looking south at the former Grange North Junction. ...
Ewan Crawford //

This was a short lived station. Probably spelt Millegin and marked on a contemporary OS map as Millegin Siding.. It was to the north of a road bridge close to the Bridge of Millegin. The platform was on the east side of the line and to the south there was a siding for a loading bank contiguous with the platform on the east side of the line, approached from the south.
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Looking north at the former Millegan station. ...
Ewan Crawford //

This station was originally located to the south of the overbridge, with a siding approached from the south on the east side of the line. The single platform station was located on the east side of the line.
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The site of the goods yard at Knock station, given away by the distinctive railway gates. The goods loading bank is just behind with the remains of ...
John Williamson 05/08/2010
The remains of the passenger platform at Knock looking north towards Glenbarry, with the posts for the running in board still intact. Like so many ...
John Williamson 05/08/2010
Remains of Knock station, Banffshire, looking north towards Tillynaught in 1997, some 29 years after closure of the line. The Knockdhu distillery ...
Ewan Crawford //1997

This was a two platform station with a loop. The main station building was on the southbound platform.
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Station sign from Glenbarry. ...
Roy Lambeth //1988
Base of the old water tank at the former Glenbarry station, photographed looking south in 1988. Located between Cornhill to the north and Knock to the ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
Glenbarry station when intact, view looking north. ...
Roy Lambeth //

This was a single platform station with a goods yard at the south end, reached by reversal. The platform was on the west side and goods siding on the east. To the north was a bridge over the road to Cornhill, not far to the south east.
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The ex-GNSR station building at Cornhill, Aberdeenshire (closed May 1968) photographed in 1977. ...
Bill Roberton //1977
Platform scene at Cornhill, Aberdeenshire, looking north towards Tillynaught in 1997. ...
Ewan Crawford //1997
Cornhill station is now a private residence owned by a local joiner who has done a great job in restoring the classic GNSR wooden station to its ...
John Williamson 17/12/2011

This was a three platform station. There were two through platforms on the line via the Moray Coast and Buckie to Elgin East and a single platform on the branch to Banff. The branch platform had a loop on the line.
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BR Standard class 2 2-6-0 78045 photographed near Tillynaught Junction on 23 August 1963 with a train for Banff. [Ref query 1003] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 23/08/1963
BR Standard tank 80121 entering Tillynaught Junction on 18 August 1960 with a train destined for Elgin via the coast. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 18/08/1960
BR Standard tank 80121 prepares to leave Tillynaught Junction in the summer of 1960 with a train for Elgin via the coast. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 18/08/1960
View north of the main line platforms at Tillynaught in 1959. The Banff branch platform is beyond the building to the right. ...
David Murray-Smith 11/09/1959




Tillynaught to Portsoy

Tillynaught junction to Portsoy [1st].

This was a three platform station. There were two through platforms on the line via the Moray Coast and Buckie to Elgin East and a single platform on the branch to Banff. The branch platform had a loop on the line.
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BR Standard class 2 2-6-0 78045 photographed near Tillynaught Junction on 23 August 1963 with a train for Banff. [Ref query 1003] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 23/08/1963
BR Standard tank 80121 entering Tillynaught Junction on 18 August 1960 with a train destined for Elgin via the coast. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 18/08/1960
BR Standard tank 80121 prepares to leave Tillynaught Junction in the summer of 1960 with a train for Elgin via the coast. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 18/08/1960
View north of the main line platforms at Tillynaught in 1959. The Banff branch platform is beyond the building to the right. ...
David Murray-Smith 11/09/1959


This former terminus is one of the most remarkable station survivors in Scotland. It has a station with a trainshed dating from 1859.
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The booking office and passenger entrance to the original Portsoy terminus looking east on 23 May 2012, approximately 128 years after the last ticket ...
John Furnevel 23/05/2012
The 1859 terminus of the Banff, Portsoy and Strathisla Railway at Portsoy, closed to passengers in 1884 when the line was extended west [see image ...
John Furnevel 23/05/2012
The 1859 terminus at Portsoy, replaced 25 years later by a new through station when the line was extended west. Seen here in September 1977, the old ...
Bill Roberton /09/1977

The harbour was served by a short branch which extended north from Portsoy [1st] to the quaysides. This line bypassed the terminus on its east side. This was a steep line, its operation was limited to one wagon in transit at a time.
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The bottom end of the Portsoy Harbour branch looking south towards harbour junction and Portsoy station on 22 August 2010. The former trackbed is now ...
John Gray 22/08/2010




Tillynaught to Banff

Tillynaught Junction to Banff.

This was a three platform station. There were two through platforms on the line via the Moray Coast and Buckie to Elgin East and a single platform on the branch to Banff. The branch platform had a loop on the line.
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BR Standard class 2 2-6-0 78045 photographed near Tillynaught Junction on 23 August 1963 with a train for Banff. [Ref query 1003] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 23/08/1963
BR Standard tank 80121 entering Tillynaught Junction on 18 August 1960 with a train destined for Elgin via the coast. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 18/08/1960
BR Standard tank 80121 prepares to leave Tillynaught Junction in the summer of 1960 with a train for Elgin via the coast. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 18/08/1960
View north of the main line platforms at Tillynaught in 1959. The Banff branch platform is beyond the building to the right. ...
David Murray-Smith 11/09/1959

This was a single platform halt with a simple wooden shelter. The platform was on the south side of the line.
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This was a single platform station. The platform was on the north side of the line with a siding on the south side, approached from the west. Later a second and then a third siding was added.
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A Banff - Tillynaught train arrives at Ladysbridge station on 18 August 1960 hauled by BR Standard class 2 2--6-0 no 78054. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 18/08/1960
78054 with a train at Ladysbridge in the summer of 1960 on its way from Banff to Tillynaught. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 11/08/1960
Ladysbridge on the Banff line. ...
Ewan Crawford //

Looking east towards Banff at Inverboyndie level crossing on 23 August 1963. [Ref query 6 November 2017] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 23/08/1963
BR Standard class 2 2-6-0 78045, approaching with a train from the Banff direction, is about to pass over Inverboyndie level crossing on 23 August ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 23/08/1963

This siding was on the north side of the line just east of Bridgefoot Halt. It served the Banff Distillery, which was to the north. Approach was from the east. Also known as the Boyndie Siding.
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The siding serving the Banff Distillery at Inverboyndie. View east towards Banff station in the summer of 1963. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 23/08/1963

This short platform was located on the north side of the line at Bridgefoot, just to the east of the Banff Distillery at Inverboyndie.
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This halt served the Boyndie Links Golf Course or Banff Golf Club, the clubhouse of which was located just to the north. The golf club was sandwiched between the railway and the sea. This is not the same course as at Duff House. The course at Inverboyndie does not.
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BR Standard class 2 2-6-0 no 78053 photographed at Golf Club House Halt, shortly after leaving Banff for Tillynaught on 11 August 1961. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 11/08/1961
BR Standard class 2 2-6-0 no 78053 returning to Banff through the links on 11 August 1961. [See image 37750] ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 11/08/1961
Trackbed of the Banff branch, just before Golf Club House Halt, looking towards Tillynaught in May 2010. Around 46 years too late to alight for the ...
Brian Taylor 03/05/2010
Looking down on the site of Golf Club House Halt, Banff, on 2nd January 2014. View west along the branch towards the junction at Tillynaught [see ...
Brian Taylor 02/01/2014

This was a two platform terminus station, with an island platform. One platform was covered by a station trainshed and the other was outside the trainshed, to the seaward side. The goods yard was also to the seaward side, approached from Tillynaught. The station building was two storey, with a timber roof trainshed with stone walls. (The trainshed was similar to those surviving on the former ...

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McIntosh ex-Caledonian 0-4-4T 55185 ready to leave Banff for Tillynaught on 17 April 1954. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 17/04/1954
Ex-CR 2P 0-4-4T 55221 at Banff station in 1959 with the 1450 to Tillynaught. The station closed in 1964 and the line lasted a little longer closing in ...
David Murray-Smith 11/09/1959
Scene at Banff station in the summer of 1950, with ex-GNSR D41 4-4-0 62251 at the platform. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 14/07/1950
McIntosh ex-Caledonian 0-4-4T 55185 arriving at Banff on 12 August 1954 with a train from Tillynaught. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 12/08/1954