Deeside Railway

Introduction

This railway is closed. The railway provided a service from Aberdeen to Banchory. The line was continued to Aboyne and Ballater by the Deeside Extension Railway and the Aboyne and Braemar Railway.

A number of stations were relocated during the doubling of the east portion of the line.






Dates

16/07/1846[Deeside Railway]
Act receives Royal assent.
28/05/1852[Deeside Railway]
Deeside Railway re-authorised from Ferryhill to Banchory.
05/07/1852[Deeside Railway]
First sod cut.
07/09/1853[Deeside Railway]
Line opened from Aberdeen to Banchory. Stations at : Cults, Murtle, Culter, Park, Mills of Drum, a private platform at Crathes Castle, and Banchory.
  /  /1854[Deeside Railway]
Millitimber and Drum opened.
  /  /1856[Deeside Railway]
Ruthrieston opened.
02/12/1859[Deeside Railway]
Banchory (1rst) closed to passengers on opening of [Deeside Extension Railway].
13/05/1862[Deeside Railway]
Line leased by [Great North of Scotland Railway] to block authorisation of a new line from Stonehaven to Kintore.
  /  /1863[Deeside Railway]
Mills of Drum closed and replaced by Crathes (private platform opened to public).
01/01/1863[Deeside Railway]
Crathes Castle Halt closed.
  /  /1865[Deeside Railway]
[Deeside Extension Railway]
[Aboyne and Braemar Railway]
Royal couriers first use line rather than Cairnwell pass road to get to Balmoral from the south.
30/07/1866[Deeside Railway]
[Deeside Extension Railway]
[Aboyne and Braemar Railway]
[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Deeside lines leased for 999 years by Great North of Scotland Railway.
01/10/1875[Deeside Railway]
[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Deeside Railway absorbed by Great North of Scotland Railway. (Alternative date 1/8/1875).
  /  /1884[Deeside Railway]
Doubled from Ferryhill to Cults.
  /  /1892[Deeside Railway]
Murtle to Culter [2nd] doubled.
  /  /1892[Deeside Railway]
Doubled from Cults to Murtle.
  /  /1894[Great North of Scotland Railway]
[Deeside Railway]
Aberdeen suburban service extended to Culter on the [Deeside Railway]. Holburn Street, Pitfodels and West Cults stations opened.
  /  /1897[Deeside Railway]
Bieldside opened.
  /  /1899[Deeside Railway]
Doubled from Culter [2nd] to Park.
  /  /1902[Deeside Railway]
Banchory (2nd) closed to passengers.
  /  /1951Deeside Railway
Line singled. Drum signal box closed.
  /  /1958[Deeside Railway]
Battery railcar introduced between Aberdeen and Ballater.
  /  /1966[Deeside Railway]
Doubled section of line singled.
28/02/1966[Deeside Railway]
Banchory (3rd) closed to passengers.
28/02/1966[Deeside Railway]
Dee Street (Banchory) closed.
28/02/1966[Deeside Railway]
Crathes closed.
18/07/1966[Deeside Railway]
[Deeside Extension Railway]
[Aboyne and Braemar Railway]
Ballater to Culter closed to freight.
02/01/1967[Deeside Railway]
Culter to Ferryhill Junction closed to freight.
  /  /1972[Deeside Railway]
Line lifted.
13/02/2000[Deeside Railway]
Last delivery of a set of track panels to Crathes for partial re-instatement of the line by the Royal Deeside Railway Preservation Society.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

Ferryhill Junction

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...

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Holburn Street

This was a two platform station, the first out of [[Aberdeen] on the Deeside Railway. It was elevated and on the east side of Holburn Street itself. There were no goods facility.
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Ruthrieston

This was a two platform station in Aberdeen.
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Pitfodels Halt

This was a two platform station.
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Cults

This was a two platform station. The main station building was on the eastbound platform. There was a goods yard to the north, approached from the east.
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West Cults

This was a two platform station served by the GNoSR's suburban service on the Deeside line. The main station building was on the eastbound platform.
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Bieldside

This was a two platform served by the suburban service to Aberdeen. There was no goods yard. The main station building was on the eastbound platform.
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Murtle

This was a two platform station with a siding approached by reversal from the eastbound line. The main station building was on the eastbound platform.
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Milltimber [2nd]

This was a two platform station with the main station building on the eastbound platform and a goods yard to the west, on the north side, served from the east.
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Milltimber [1st]

This was a single platform station on the north side of the single track line. The platform was directly south of the goods sidings which remained here with the station moved west to Milltimber [2nd], probably around the time of track doubling....

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Culter [2nd]

This was a two platform station at the time of closure in 1966.
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Culter Paper Mill

This paper mill was rail served by a branch which ran south east to Culter [2nd] station....

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Culter [1st]

This was a single platform station. The platform was on the north side of the single track line with a goods yard at the east end, approached from the east. A branch to Culter Paper Mill also ran from the goods yard.
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Crathes

This was the second Crathes station, there being a private station for Crathes Castle to the west.
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Milton of Crathes

This is a new two platform station. The main station building is from Oldmeldrum station although it has been extensively rebuilt and repaired.
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Banchory Works

These works were east of Banchory [1st] station and its replacement Banchory [2nd] station. Access was from the west, with the north part of the building accessed by turnplate.
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