Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway

Introduction

This line is open. Passenger services are provided by ScotRail from Inverness to Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Stations remain at Keith, Elgin, Forres and Nairn.

Why built

This line completed the route between Aberdeen and Inverness by connecting the Great North of Scotland Railway at Keith to the Inverness and Nairn Railway at Nairn.






Dates

  /  /1856Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway
Nairn Viaduct, designed by Joseph Mitchell, under construction.
21/07/1856Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway
Act receives Royal assent. (Former applications were made under the name Nairn and Elgin Railway).
22/12/1857Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway
Nairn to Dalvey (temporary station west of Elgin) opened.
25/03/1858Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway
Dalvey closes, replaced by extension to Elgin.
18/08/1858Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway
Opens from Elgin to Keith.
17/05/1861Inverness and Nairn RailwayInverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway
Inverness and Nairn Railway absorbed by Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway.
01/03/1862Findhorn RailwayInverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway
Findhorn Railway operation taken over by the Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway.
30/06/1862Inverness and Ross-shire RailwayInverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway
Inverness and Ross-shire Railway absorbed by Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway.
22/12/1862Hopeman Branch (Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway)
Alves to Burghead Harbour (Burghead [1st]) opened.
  /  /1864Hopeman Branch (Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway)
Wards opened.
  /  /1865Hopeman Branch (Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway)
Wards renamed Coltfield Platform.
01/02/1865Inverness and Aberdeen Junction RailwayInverness and Perth Junction Railway
Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway and Inverness and Perth Junction Railway merge (the name of new company was not yet decided).
29/06/1865Inverness and Aberdeen Junction RailwayInverness and Perth Junction RailwayHighland Railway
Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway and Inverness and Perth Junction Railway merger: company named the Highland Railway.
10/10/1892Hopeman Branch (Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway)
Burghead [2nd] to Burghead Harbour closed to passengers. Burghhead [2nd] to Hopeman opened to passengers.
14/09/1931Hopeman Branch (Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway)
Hopeman to Alves closed to passengers.
31/12/1957Hopeman Branch (Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway)
Hopeman to Burghead [2nd] closed to goods.
07/10/1966Hopeman Branch (Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway)
Burghhead [2nd] to Burghhead Harbour closed.
21/01/1998Hopeman Branch (Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway)
Alves Junction to Roseisle Maltings re-opened to freight. The line was mothballed shortly afterwards.

Route described

The line was, and is, single track. Provision was made between Nairn and Alves for a double track which was never laid. The Nairn Viaduct (see entry) was built to allow a second track but the main line remained single track although a siding did come to use the available trackbed.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

Nairn

This is a two platform station.
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Nairn Viaduct

This is a double track stone arch viaduct, just east of Nairn station designed by Joseph Mitchell. It carries a single track.
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Auldearn

This was a single platform station. The platform was to the south of the line and there was a siding to the south, served from the west. Auldearn itself is to the south.
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Brodie

Brodie station had a passing loop and two platforms. The main station building, which still stands as a house, was on the westbound platform.
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Findhorn Viaduct [Forres]

This viaduct over the Findhorn is west of Forres station....

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Forres

This is a modern two platform station, a footbridge with lifts, a station building on the westbound platform and a car park to the south. It opened to the north of the former Forres [2nd] station. Opening was in late 2017. The station is on a long loop.
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Forres [1st]

This was a two platform station on the Inverness to Aberdeen line. The station building, typical of the line, was on the down platform which was the town side of the station.
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Kinloss [2nd]

Kinloss station was relocated to the east almost as soon as it opened with the opening of the short lived Findhorn Railway. The new station had one platform face on each line, there was an island platform in the 'V' of the junction. There was a loop on the branch line.
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Alves Junction

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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Alves

This was a two platform station to the east of Alves Junction. The main station building, now a house, was on the eastbound platform. The east of the station is crossed by a road bridge.
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Elgin

This is a two platform station with the station building on the eastbound platform and a car park. A third platform, a bay, is planned for the west end of the station for services terminating from Inverness.
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Llanbryde

This was a one platform station just south of the town of Llanbryde. The platform was on the north side of the line. The station building, typical of the line, remains standing in use as a house.
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Orbliston

This was a two platform station.
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Orton

This was a two platform station with a passing loop. The main station building was on the southbound/eastbound platform. There was a goods yard at the north end, approached from the south.
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Spey Bridge

This single track viaduct crosses the River Spey to the east of Orton.
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Mulben

This was a station with a passing loop, two platforms and a signal box at either end. The main station building was on the westbound platform.
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Tauchers Platform

This was a single platform halt built for the Glentauchers Distillery, to the south of the line.
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Keith Shed [HR]

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Keith

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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Keith Junction

This refers to the actual junction. For the station see Keith.
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