Fochabers Branch (Highland Railway)

Introduction

This railway is closed to passengers. Passenger services are still provided by ScotRail between Inverness and Aberdeen.




Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This was a three platform station. The main station building was on the eastbound platform and this remains as a house. When first opened it was the station for Fochabers (some 3 and a half miles away across the River Spey) and became the junction for the short branch for the town in 1893.
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26036 eastbound to Aberdeen at Orbliston at 1141 hours, 13 May 1981. ...
Peter Todd 13/05/1981
27005 Westbound Orbliston Station 1118 hours 19 Oct. 1980. Orbliston, at that time, still retained its original construction. ...
Peter Todd 19/10/1980
27108 Eastbound Orbliston Station 1137 hours. Orbliston, at that time, still retained its original construction. ...
Peter Todd 15/10/1980
Scene near the former Orbliston station (closed 1964) between Elgin and Keith on 18 January 1979, with EE Type 4 no 40074 passing on a mid-afternoon ...
Peter Todd 18/01/1979

This small station was to the west of of Fochabers. It was a one platform station, on the north side of the single track line and just west of an overbridge. There were no sidings.
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Looking west at Balnacoul Halt. ...
Ewan Crawford //
Remains of Balnacoul Halt on the Fochabers Branch looking west towards Orbliston Junction in early 1988. View along the platform edge with the filled ...
Ewan Crawford //1988

This station is closed. This was the closest station to Fochabers, although even this station was across the Fochabers Bridge, crossing the River Spey, from the town. It was the end of a short branch from Orbliston Junction.
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Looking north at the former Fochaber Town terminus. ...
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