Burghead Branch (Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway)

Introduction

This railway is closed to passengers. Track still exists between Alves and just south of Burghead (New) Station. Passenger services are still provided by ScotRail between Inverness and Aberdeen. Freight operated intermitantly to Roseisle, near Coltfield, although the trackbed is now in poor condition (2010).






Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This is the junction for the Hopeman Branch (Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway). Both the branch and main line are single track. The branch joins facing east so that trains from the east may run straight onto the branch. The junction is not far west of the former Alves station.
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North poles. Sections of the Inverness - Aberdeen line between Nairn and Inverurie represent the last significant stretches of S&T pole route extant ...
John Furnevel 02/11/2005
25234 coming off the former Hopeman branch with a freight from Burghead stands at Alves Junction awaiting clearance onto the Aberdeen - Inverness line ...
Peter Todd 03/08/1979
25234 approaching the junction of the Hopeman branch with the Inverness - Aberdeen line at Alves on 3 August 1979 with a Burghead - Dufftown working. ...
Peter Todd 03/08/1979
Scene at Alves Junction, photographed from the A96 road bridge on 3 August 1979. 25234 is held with a freight off the Hopeman branch as a passing ...
Peter Todd 03/08/1979

This station was on the east side of the line. It was close to Easter Coltfield and a little way to the south of a road bridge. There was a short platform later supplied with a waiting shelter.
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There was a locomotive shed at Burghead [1st] station. This was located at the east end of the station, approached from the terminus. The shed closed before the closure of the Burghead Harbour line. ...

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Original terminus. The Station Hotel still stands today nearby. Platforms remain at the goods station site. Engine shed to east and lines to quaysides to west.
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Site of the goods yard at Burghead in October 2005. The original line passed along the bottom of the picture on its way to the passenger terminus. ...
John Furnevel 30/10/2005
The platform of the original terminus of the line at Burghead (Old). ...
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Burghead (Old), the original terminus of the line. ...
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Site of the old goods yard at Burghead in 2005 looking towards the harbour. The original line curved around to the left here towards the site of the ...
John Furnevel 30/10/2005

The harbour at Burghead, to the west of Burghead [1st] station, was rail served. ...

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