Great North of Scotland Railway

Introduction

Portions of this railway provide a passenger and goods service operated by ScotRail between Aberdeen and Keith. The service extends from Keith to Inverness by the former Highland Railway. A branch to Dufftown exists, used by the Keith and Dufftown Railway Association. The goods yard at Elgin East was originally a Great North of Scotland Railway terminus.

From the original core line from Aberdeen to Keith the company expanded greatly. The company owned and purchased a number of other local lines. Reaching locations such as Aboyne, Ballater, Old Meldrum, Fraserburgh, Peterhead, Portsoy, Buckie [GNSR], Banff, Elgin [East] and Boat of Garten. All these lines are now closed. Some remain as long distance footpaths. The company is often referred to as the GNoSR or GNSR.

The Great North of Scotland Railway Association was created to bring together everyone interested in the former company and its lines.



Dates

  /  /1845[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Company formed.
26/06/1846[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Act receives Royal assent.
The route was to be Aberdeen to Inverness with Grange to Banff and Portsoy, Orton to Garmouth, Alves to Burghhead branches.
  /  /1847Aberdeen RailwayGreat North of Scotland Railway
Fusion Act made available to merge the Aberdeen Railway with the Great North of Scotland Railway (not used).
  /  /1849[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Shortened route from Keith to Kittybrewster proposed.
  /  /1850[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Authorisation to extend the line from Kittybrewster to Guild Street given. This was allowed to lapse.
25/11/1852[Great North of Scotland Railway]
First Sod cut at Westhall near Oyne.
  /  /1854[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Authorisation to build line from Kittybrewster to Aberdeen Waterloo given.
  /09/1854[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Huntly to Kittybrewster inspected.
12/09/1854[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Huntly to Kittybrewster opened to freight. Passing places at: Kittybrewster, Kintore, Inverurie, Insch and Huntly.
19/09/1854[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Huntly to Kittybrewster official opening.
20/09/1854[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Aberdeen Kittybrewster opened.
20/09/1854[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Huntly to Kittybrewster opened to passengers. Stations at: Kittybrewster, Buxsburn, Dyce, Kintore, Inverurie, Pitcaple, Oyne, Insch, Kennethmont, Gartly, Huntly
01/12/1854[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Kinaldie, Buchanstone and Wardhouse opened.
25/05/1855[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Keith to Huntly authorised.
24/09/1855[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Kittybrewster to Aberdeen Waterloo opened to goods. Kittybrewster rebuilt on Waterloo line.
01/04/1856Great North of Scotland Railway
Kittybrewster [1st] to Aberdeen Waterloo opened completely (with horse tramway to the Aberdeen Railway's terminus at Aberdeen Guild street).
01/04/1856[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Aberdeen Kittybrewster closed.
01/04/1856[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Aberdeen Waterloo opened.
10/10/1856[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Huntly to Keith opened. Stations at: Huntly, Rothiemay, Grange and Keith.
  /  /1857[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Inveramsay opened.
  /  /1858[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Woodside opened.
  /  /1860Great North of Scotland Railway
Great North of Scotland Railway sells its Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway shares.
  /  /1860[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Kittybrewster to Dyce doubled (but not used).
18/07/1861[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Double track from Kittybrewster to Dyce brought into use on opened of [Formartine and Buchan Railway].
01/07/1863[Montrose and Bervie Railway]
[Great North of Scotland Railway]
[Aberdeen Junction Railway]
Circumbendibus project proposed between the Great North of Scotland Railway and the Montrose and Bervie Railway to provide a new route to the south. This receives Royal assent and would have been called the [Aberdeen Junction Railway].
01/07/1863[Montrose and Bervie Railway]
[Great North of Scotland Railway]
[Aberdeen Junction Railway]
Circumbendibus project ([Aberdeen Junction Railway]) project abandoned. Montrose and Bervie Railway shares sold by the Great North of Scotland Railway.
  /  /1865[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Financial difficulties arise - no share dividends paid until 1874.
  /  /1866[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Buchanstone closed.
30/07/1866[Banff Macduff and Turriff Junction Railway]
[Banff Macduff and Turriff Extension Railway]
[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Aberdeen and Turriff Railway absorbed by Great North of Scotland Railway.
30/07/1866[Inverury and Old Meldrum Junction Railway]
[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Inverury and Old Meldrum Junction Railway absorbed by Great North of Scotland Railway. (Alternative date 14/6/1858).
30/07/1866[Alford Valley Railway]
[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Alford Valley Railway absorbed by Great North of Scotland Railway.
30/07/1866[Keith and Dufftown Railway]
[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Keith and Dufftown Railway absorbed by Great North of Scotland Railway.
30/07/1866[Formartine and Buchan Railway]
[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Formartine and Buchan Railway absorbed by Great North of Scotland Railway.
30/07/1866[Strathspey Railway]
[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Strathspey Railway absorbed by Great North of Scotland Railway.
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.
12/08/1867[Banff Portsoy and Strathisla Railway]
[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Banffshire Railway absorbed by Great North of Scotland Railway.
04/11/1867[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Aberdeen Waterloo closed on the opening of the [Denburn Valley Line] from Kittybrewster to Aberdeen Joint.
  /  /1874[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Pitmeddan opened.
  /  /1874[Great North of Scotland Railway]
First share dividends since 1865 paid.
01/08/1875[Deeside Extension Railway]
[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Deeside Extension Railway absorbed 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).
31/01/1876[Aboyne and Braemar Railway]
[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Aboyne and Braemar Railway absorbed by the Great North of Scotland Railway.
01/07/1880[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Doubled Dyce to Kintore opened.
11/08/1881[Morayshire Railway]
[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Morayshire Railway absorbed by Great North of Scotland Railway. (Alternative date: 1880).
  /  /1882[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Don Street, Bankhead and Stoneywood opened.
01/05/1882[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Doubled Kintore to Inveramsay opened.
01/04/1884[Moray Coast Railway] ([Great North of Scotland Railway])
Portsoy to Tochieneal opened. Stations opened: Portsoy (New), Glassaugh and Tochieneal.
12/08/1885Moray Coast Railway (Great North of Scotland Railway)
Lossie Junction (Morayshire Railway) to Garmouth opened. Stations opened: Calcots, Urquhart and Garmouth.
01/05/1886[Banff Portsoy and Strathisla Railway]
[Moray Coast Railway] ([Great North of Scotland Railway])
Grange curve opened.
01/05/1886[Moray Coast Railway] ([Great North of Scotland Railway])
Tochieneal to Garmouth opened. Stations opened: Cullen, Portknockie, Findochty, Portessie, Buckie, Nether Buckie, Port Gordon and Fochabers.
  /  /1887[Moray Coast Railway] ([Great North of Scotland Railway])
Nether Buckie renamed Buckpool.
  /07/1887[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Aberdeen Suburban service begins; Bankend and Stoneywood opened. (Alternative date for station openings 1882).
19/07/1887[Banff Portsoy and Strathisla Railway]
[Moray Coast Railway] ([Great North of Scotland Railway])
Grange curve authorised retrospectively.
01/01/1888[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Hutcheon Street and Don Street opened.
27/10/1888[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Doubled Inveramsay to Insch opened.
  /  /1890[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Forms Hotel Committee.
  /  /1891[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Palace Hotel
The railway buys the hotel.
22/08/1891[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Palace Hotel, Aberdeen, opened.
  /  /1893[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Schoolhill opened.
  /  /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.
01/08/1896[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Doubled Insch to Kennethmont opened.
20/09/1896[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Doubled Kennethmont to Gartly opened.
30/11/1896[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Doubled Gartly to Huntly opened.
  /  /1897[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Buxsburn renamed Bucksburn.
02/08/1897[Great North of Scotland Railway]
[Boddam Branch] opened to passengers.
  /  /1898[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Cairnie Junction station opened to save dividing trains for portions for the [Banff Portsoy and Strathisla Railway] at Huntly.
17/01/1898[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Doubled Rothiemay to Keith opened.
17/01/1898[Banff Portsoy and Strathisla Railway]
[Moray Coast Railway] ([Great North of Scotland Railway])
Doubled Grange Curve, North Grange to South Grange, opened.
17/01/1898[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Doubled Huntly to Avochie signal box (near Rothiemay) opened.
  /06/1899[Boddam Branch] ([Great North of Scotland Railway])
Cruden Bay Hotel and tramway opened.
08/09/1899[St Combs Light Railway] ([Great North of Scotland Railway])
Line authorised.
  /  /1900[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Doubled Rothiemay to Avochie opened.
  /  /1901[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Inverurie works - Carriages - opened.
  /  /1902[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Elgin station re-built.
  /  /1902[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Inverurie works - Locomotives - opened.
10/02/1902[Great North of Scotland Railway]
[Inverury and Old Meldrum Junction Railway]
Inverurie (New) station opened further north. The new station had a bay platform for the Old Meldrum trains.
10/02/1902[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Inverurie (New) opened.
  /  /1903[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Persley opened.
  /  /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.
  /07/1903[St Combs Light Railway] ([Great North of Scotland Railway])
Kirkton Bridge opened.
  /  /1904[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Railcars scrapped.
  /  /1905[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Inverurie works - Permanent Way - opened.
  /  /1906[Great North of Scotland Railway]
[Highland Railway]
Amalgamation of the Great North of Scotland Railway with the Highland Railway falls through.
  /  /1918[Moray Coast Railway] ([Great North of Scotland Railway])
Fochabers renamed Spey Bay.
01/01/1923[North British Railway]
[Edinburgh and Bathgate Railway]
[Great North of Scotland Railway]
[Forth and Clyde Junction Railway]
[Kilsyth and Bonnybridge Railway]
[Gifford and Garvald Railway]
[Newburgh and North Fife Railway]
[Lauder Light Railway]
Great Central Railway
Grouped into [London and North Eastern Railway].
31/10/1932[Boddam Branch] ([Great North of Scotland Railway])
Boddam to Ellon and Cruden Bay Hotel Tramway closed to passengers.
  /  /1941[Boddam Branch] ([Great North of Scotland Railway])
Cruden Bay Hotel Tramway closed to all traffic.
  /  /1945[Boddam Branch] ([Great North of Scotland Railway])
Line closed completely. Stations used as railway offices.
  /  /1945[Boddam Branch] ([Great North of Scotland Railway])
Entire line occupied by wagons awaiting repair.
  /  /1947[Boddam Branch] ([Great North of Scotland Railway])
Cruden Bay Hotel demolished from 1947 to 1952. Remains used to build Charles Alexanders house at Bush near Montrose.
31/12/1948[Boddam Branch] ([Great North of Scotland Railway])
Boddam to Ellon officially closed.
  /  /1950[Boddam Branch] ([Great North of Scotland Railway])
Track lifted.
07/11/1960[St Combs Light Railway] ([Great North of Scotland Railway])
St Combs to Fraserburgh closed to freight.
20/04/1964[Moray Coast Railway] ([Great North of Scotland Railway])
Lossie Junction to Buckie closed to freight.
04/05/1965[St Combs Light Railway] ([Great North of Scotland Railway])
St Combs to Fraserburgh closed to passengers. (Alternative date 3/5/1964).
06/05/1968[Banff Portsoy and Strathisla Railway]
[Moray Coast Railway] ([Great North of Scotland Railway])
[Morayshire Railway]
Elgin to Buckie to Cairnie Junction closed to passengers.
06/05/1968[Banff Portsoy and Strathisla Railway]
[Moray Coast Railway] ([Great North of Scotland Railway])
Buckie to Cairnie Junction closed to all traffic.
  /  /1980[Boddam Branch] ([Great North of Scotland Railway])
Narrow-gauge Port Errol Railway (Cruden Bay to Slains Castle) opened.
  /  /1984[Boddam Branch] ([Great North of Scotland Railway])
Port Errol Railway track moved to Banff to become the West Buchan Railway.
  /  /1999[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Listed, but decrepit, station buildings at Huntly replaced with new building.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This was the short lived Aberdeen terminus of the Great North of Scotland Railway.
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This two platform through station was opened with the Denburn Valley Line (Great North of Scotland Railway). It replaced Kittybrewster [1st], which was to its immediate east and located on the Aberdeen Waterloo branch.
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The view south from Powis Terrace towards Aberdeen. This part is double track but it drops to single before reaching Aberdeen itself. ...
Duncan Ross /08/2018
Taken from the Kittybrewster Retail Park in October 2018, this is the newly relaid Aberdeen Harbour Branch. The small sign on the right is a reminder ...
Alan Cormack 29/10/2018
The view north from Powis Terrace showing the new layout for the Waterloo branch and the doubled track. ...
Duncan Ross /08/2018
A wet and miserable afternoon shot of a Railvac at Kittybrewster on 29th October 2018. It appears to be sitting on the newly laid 2nd line while in ...
Alan Cormack 29/10/2018

This depot was both a roundhouse and shed. Approach was from the north and the shed was located on the west side of the line.
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The site of Kittybrewster Locomotive Depot, with a water column surviving, as seen from the Buchan Belle railtour on 1st June 1974.
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Bill Roberton 01/06/1974
J36 0-6-0 no 65210 photographed at Kittybrewster shed on 7 July 1951. Based at Kipps shed throughout the BR period, the locomotive looks to be on its ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 07/07/1951
Z4 0-4-2T no 68191 one of a class of 2 locomotives designed specifically for shunting in Aberdeen Docks. Built by Manning Wardle for the GNSR, both ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) /07/1959
40650 on shed at 61A Kittybrewster in September 1960. ...
K A Gray 06/09/1960

This yard was located to the east of Kittybrewster [2nd] station. It was served from the north. A loop came off the main line to the south of the station and rejoined at Kittybrewster Junction north of the station. This crossed the Aberdeen Waterloo line to the south of the station.
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Shunting at Kittybrewster on 17 July 1950. The locomotive is ex-GNSR D41 4-4-0 no 62232. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 17/07/1950
GNSR D40 4-4-0 62275 Sir David Stewart about to pass what was then its home shed at Kittybrewster with a special train for Macduff on Saturday ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 07/07/1951

This junction was located north of Kittybrewster [2nd] station.
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The view south from St Machar Drive showing Kittybrewster Junction. ...
Duncan Ross /08/2018
View north from St Machar Drive showing the Waterloo headshunt and trackbed being prepared for double track beyond. ...
Duncan Ross /08/2018
Western Region cross-country set W50626 on 0805 Aberdeen-Inverness at Kittybrewster in August 1958. ...
David Murray-Smith 02/08/1958
J35 0-6-0 no 64466 about to pass Kittybrewster North box with a freight in the summer of 1951. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 07/07/1951

This was a two platform suburban station in Aberdeen. The station was between Kittybrewster [2nd] and Woodside [GNSR]. The eastbound/southbound platform had a small building, later joined by a small building on the facing platform. There were no goods facilities.
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A Swindon Cross Country Class 120 DMU on an Aberdeen to Elgin service approaches the site of the former Don Street station (closed 1937) in late ...
John McIntyre /09/1973
Looking south at the former Don Street station. ...
Ewan Crawford //

This was a suburban station in Aberdeen. It was a two platform station. There were no goods facilities.
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This was a two platform suburban station in Aberdeen. The main station building was on the eastbound platform. There were no goods facilities.
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Persley station detail, seen in the early 1960s. ...
David Murray-Smith //1960
One of Kittybrewster shed's B1 4-6-0s no 61343 heading north west out of Aberdeen in the summer of 1950. The train is between the sites of Woodside ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 11/07/1950
The site of the former Persley station. ...
Ewan Crawford //
Looking north west towards Bucksburn and Dyce as an Aberdeen bound Swindon Cross Country DMU passes the former station at Persley in 1973. ...
John McIntyre 02/06/1973

This five arch two track viaduct crosses the Bucks Burn, and a road, immediately west of Bucksburn station. ...

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This was a two platform station.
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Bucksburn seen from the south of the station. Class 4MT 76104 flagged to halt circa 1961. [Ref query 9 January 2017] ...
David Murray-Smith //1961
The sidings at the Twin Spires Creamery near Bucksburn in March 1973 whilst track lifting was taking place. The view is towards Aberdeen with the GNSR ...
John McIntyre 04/03/1973
Sprinter running south through the former Bucksburn station. ...
Ewan Crawford //
Approaching Bucksburn northbound in 1974. ...
John McIntyre 01/06/1974

This was a two platform suburban station in Aberdeen. There were buildings on each platform. There were no goods facilities.
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Progress on the re-doubling of the line seen at Bankhead. ...
Duncan Ross 23/07/2018

This was a two platform station with no goods facilities. The platforms were north of Market Street with the waiting rooms close to the road bridge crossing the line. A stone built recess into the embankment on the west side, for the northbound waiting room, remains.
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A photograph of the extensive rail works near Bankhead at the former Stoneywood station site. This view looks north. The extensive soil nailing and ...
Alan Cormack 21/06/2018
The view looking south away from the former Stoneywood station site. The extensive soil nailing and embankment reinforcement is evident. It looks ...
Alan Cormack 21/06/2018
This is the line looking west at Stoneywood 2km before Dyce. Preparation is under way for the doubling of the line. A lot of vegetation has been ...
Alan Cormack 09/05/2018
Looking north at the former Stoneywood station. ...
Ewan Crawford //

This is a two platform station.
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Night time view south alongside Dyce signal box in 2007. ...
Ewan Crawford 28/01/2007
Having the world's busiest heliport on its landward side means Dyce fairly thrums with the sound of helicopters going to and from North Sea platforms; ...
David Panton 20/09/2018
A Class 170 DMU heading to Inverness arrives at Dyce on 19 October 2012. ...
John McIntyre 19/10/2012
An evening at Dyce. ...
John Yellowlees 01/09/2016


This station was 400 yds north of the later Dyce station, opened with the opening of the Formartine and Buchan Railway.
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These sidings were opened in 2007 around the time of the closure of the goods yard at Aberdeen Guild Street. In addition to the provision of the sidings the loop at Dyce was extended and coloured lights replaced semaphore.
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Track machine in Raith's Farm Sidings seen over the Aberdeen-Inverness line. ...
Ewan Crawford 06/10/2018
Raiths farm: South end of site (looking north-east). ...
John G. Williamson 17/02/2007
[Low quality shot] Behind the fence is the site of works at Raiths Farm. Earthmoving equipment and portacabins present. ...
Ewan Crawford 27/01/2007
Raiths Farm Ballast Store (?) being passed by a Dyce to Inverurie service in June 2018. ...
Duncan Ross 23/06/2018

This small station had a level crossing to the east. The platforms were in timber with small timber shelters.
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The substantial base of the demolished signal box at the former Pitmedden station. All along the stretch of line from Dyce to Kintore are access ...
Ewan Crawford 06/10/2018
A westbound Class 170 passes the site of Pitmedden station on 19 October 2017 heading for Inverurie. The stone base of the former signalbox is above ...
John McIntyre 19/10/2017
View looking south east at Pitmedden station towards Dyce in 1960, showing the timber platforms and level crossing. [Ref query 5 December 2017] ...
David Murray-Smith 18/05/1960
The view west from Pitmedden level crossing. A single lamp standard remained on the former eastbound platform in 1999. The platforms were in timber, ...
Ewan Crawford //1999

This was a two platform station.
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A westbound train runs through the disused station at Kinaldie, passing the still intact steps to the eastbound platform. The station is north of the ...
Ewan Crawford 06/10/2018
Reuse of the former signal box's base at Kinaldie in a view looking to Aberdeen. The railway cottage, on the right is now in private ownership. The ...
Ewan Crawford 06/10/2018
A 1999 view west over the disused twin platforms at Kinaldie station. ...
Ewan Crawford //1999
The view west over Kinaldie station in 1960. The platforms remain, but the line has been singled, station closed and the fine building has gone. ...
David Murray-Smith 15/05/1960

This level crossing was controlled by a signal box, south of Kintore station. This location was doubled but is now single track, the lifted track being the Aberdeen bound line. ...

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Boat of Kintore Level Crossing looking to Inverness. The former signal box was located to the right here. The lifted up (eastbound) track was also to ...
Ewan Crawford 03/02/1997
A westbound Aberdeen - Inverness Swindon Cross Country 3 car DMU approaching Boat of Kintore level crossing in April 1977. [Ref query 1087] ...
John McIntyre /04/1977

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

Looking north at Port Elphinstone. Class 47 freight in sidings. ...
Ewan Crawford //

The original station at Inverurie was south of the current station. It had an island platform for the Aberdeen bound trains and Inverury and Old Meldrum Junction Railway branch. ...

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This is a two platform station with a large station building on the westbound platform. The station has a large car park.
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Detail of the cupola styled ventilator over the west end of Inverure's station building. ...
Ewan Crawford 06/10/2018
My view from The Coco Works cafe of Inverurie station's platforms. ...
John Yellowlees 04/10/2017
A Scotrail Class 170 waits to return to Edinburgh from Inverurie on 26 September 2017. Meanwhile an Inverness bound service is awaited on the near ...
David Panton 26/09/2017
The 13.33 service for Aberdeen waiting to leave Inverurie on 8 August 2014. ...
Jim Peebles 08/08/2014

The refurbished offices of the GNSR Works, Inverurie, on 28 March 2018 looking east across Harlaw Road. Works buildings occupied much of the area ...
Andy Furnevel 28/03/2018
Interesting juxtaposition of a new sign in totem style and an abandoned part of the Inverurie Works beyond. The view looks east. ...
John Yellowlees 24/03/2018
The Carriages, Crossover Road, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire. The modern day address of the original carriage and wagon shops at the former GNSR Inverurie ...
Andy Furnevel 28/03/2018
The original GNSR boiler and erecting shops at Inverurie Works (1905-1969), looking east from alongside Harlaw Road on 28 March 2018. Much of the ...
Andy Furnevel 28/03/2018

This was the junction station for the Banff, MacDuff and Turriff Junction Railway. It opened with the branch.
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View looking north west of the remaining station building at Inveramsay in 1999. This building was on the main line Aberdeen bound platform (left) and ...
Ewan Crawford //1999
The view north at Inveramsay station in 1961. The Macduff platform lines are shown. Further to the left were the mainline platforms. The branch closed ...
David Murray-Smith //1961
GNSR 49 pauses before joining the mainline again at Inveramsay with the 1960 RCTS/SLS Joint Scottish Tour. Today the platforms remain here but the ...
WA Camwell (Copyright Stephenson Locomotive Society) 13/06/1960

This was a two platform station.
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An Aberdeen bound Class 158 is seen just east of Pitcaple station site on 16 October 2012. ...
John McIntyre 16/10/2012
Looking east over the former Pitcaple station and signalbox. ...
Ewan Crawford //
Looking east over the former Pitcaple station and signalbox. ...
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27005 eastbound towards Aberdeen near Pitcaple on 5 May 1980. ...
Peter Todd 05/05/1980

This was a two platform station.
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Looking east from the level crossing at Oyne over the site of the former station in 2006. ...
John Furnevel 08/11/2006
The level crossing at Oyne looking towards the station site on 16 October 2012. Although the telegraph poles are still standing the wires appear to ...
John McIntyre 16/10/2012

This station was at Mill of Buchanstone, just north west of the Rettie cottages. There was a siding to the south of the line, served from the east, and a small building on the north side of the line.
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This is a two platform station with a fine stone building on the eastbound platform, dating from 1880. There is a good example of a Great North of Scotland Railway waiting shelter on the westbound platform. The station is at Rothney, to the south of Insch. There is a fine footbridge between the platforms.
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An unusual view across the platforms at Insch station. A mixture of old and new. ...
Alan Cormack 23/06/2017
Insch station, seen from the north, on 23rd June 2017. ...
Alan Cormack 23/06/2017
A train on its way to Aberdeen just after leaving Insch. ...
Ewan Crawford 06/10/2018
Rear of the signal box and the level crossing at Insch station. ...
Alan Cormack 23/06/2017

This was a two platform station.
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Looking north at the former Wardhouse station building. ...
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Wardhouse station remains 2006. ...
John Furnevel /11/2006
Across the field stands the abandoned Wardhouse station on the Aberdeen - Keith line. Nov 2006. ...
John Furnevel 08/11/2006

This was a two platform station.
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Wonderful! The station building at the former Kennethmont station has been restored. 6th October 2018. ...
Ewan Crawford 06/10/2018
Kennethmont signal box, November 2006. ...
John Furnevel 08/11/2006
Birds take fright and flight as an eastbound train passes Kennethmont box. ...
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Kennethmont in November 2006, looking west from the level crossing towards Ardmore distillery. ...
John Furnevel 08/11/2006

This was a two platform station.
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The closed station at Gartly, Aberdeenshire, in November 2006, showing the road approach from the south. ...
John Furnevel 08/11/2006
Looking south towards Aberdeen from the level crossing at Gartly in November 2006. ...
John Furnevel 08/11/2006

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View south of Huntly in 1989, when the goods yard was still very busy with timber traffic. ...
Ewan Crawford //1989
Huntly signal box seen in 1997 before it was rebuilt and extended ([see image 8903] for a post extension view). This was formerly the south cabin. ...
Ewan Crawford //1997
The 0900 Inverness - Aberdeen service seen arriving at Huntly on 10 October 2018. ...
Andy Furnevel 10/10/2018
High on the wall at the Junction of the Square and Duke Street in Huntly is this lovely Blue enamelled British Railways sign, pointing towards the ...
Caleb Abbott 22/11/2018

This temporary signal box controlled the east end of Deveron Viaduct. When the line was doubled, the single track viaduct required replacement. In the interim this box controlled the east end of the short single track section over the old bridge.
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This is a formerly double track viaduct over the River Deveron east of the former Rothiemay station. The viaduct carries one track today.
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Just published by Kessock Books, the new Insider Guide on the Aberdeen to Elgin and Inverness Railway by David Fasken and David Spaven. ...
Ewan Crawford 19/11/2017
The girder bridge carrying the Inverness-Aberdeen line across the River Deveron by Rothiemay (between Keith and Huntly), looking south on ...
David Spaven 14/09/2013
Britannia Pacific 70013 Oliver Cromwell crosses the River Deveron north of Huntly with The Great Britain III. Engine nameplate has a ...
John Gray 11/04/2010

This was a two platform station on a double track line. There was a goods yard on the north side, approached by reversal from the east.
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One of the scheduled stops made by 'Scottish Grand Tour no 11' on 5 September 1970 was at Rothiemay, notwithstanding that the station had been closed ...
Bill Jamieson 05/09/1970
Looking over the site of Rothiemay station (closed May 1968) on 17 April 2010 [see image 28546]. Nothing exists at the location today other than ...
John Williamson 17/04/2010
Grand Scottish Tour no 11 stands at Rothiemay on 5 September 1970 behind EE Type 4 no D364. [See image 28562] ...
Bill Jamieson 05/09/1970

This was an exchange station.
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Looking west at the former Cairnie Junction station. ...
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The 12.00 Aberdeen-Inverness DMU heads north towards Cairnie Junction on 14th September 2013, with Knock Hill in the background. ...
David Spaven 14/09/2013
Last remnant of Cairnie Junction. A surviving trackside box near the station site, photographed on 1 February 1997. ...
Ewan Crawford 01/02/1997
66097 hurries south at the head of 4D31, the 10.27 Elgin-Grangemouth whisky service, south of Cairnie Junction on 14th September 2013. This was the ...
David Spaven 14/09/2013

This was a two platform station for much of its existence.
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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. ...
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This refers to the actual junction. For the station see Keith.
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Keith Junction Excursion Platform looking towards Keith Town on 7th November 2017. This is now mainly used for stabling of the Royal Scotsman train.
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Caleb Abbott 07/11/2017
Keith signal box is somewhat past its best and a little saggy. It presides over the only loop outwith a station on the Aberdeen-Inverness line. ...
Ewan Crawford 06/10/2018
Exchange at Keith in August 1987. ...
Ian Dinmore /08/1987
View east towards Keith signal box in August 1987. ...
Ian Dinmore /08/1987

Keith Shed opened with the extension of the Great North of Scotland Railway to Keith.
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This is a one platform station, with a second out of use platform on the former route to Dufftown. There is a passing loop to the east of the station, inconvenient when trains are running late.
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An Inverness to Aberdeen service calls at Keith on 26 September 2017. Keith
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David Panton 26/09/2017
The GNSR goods shed at Keith still stands. In the foreground is the Dufftown platform line, the buffer on this line being not far behind the camera. ...
David Prescott 30/01/2018
Although the preserved Keith and Dufftown Railway is very much still alive it has been many years since the line reached Keith Junction (in distance) ...
David Panton 26/09/2017
Keith station 2006. ...
John Furnevel /11/2006