Keith and Dufftown Railway

Introduction

This railway is now a preserved line, the Keith and Dufftown Railway . The railway provided a service between Dufftown and Keith. At Keith the line connected with the Great North of Scotland Railway (which was also joined by the Highland Railway at Keith). At Dufftown the line was joined by the Strathspey Railway (which was joined by the Morayshire Railway at Craigellachie).






Dates

02/07/1857Keith and Dufftown Railway
Act receives Royal assent.
  /  /1862Keith and Dufftown Railway
Botriphine renamed Auchindachy.
21/02/1862Keith and Dufftown Railway
Keith to Dufftown opened. Stations at Earlsmill, Botriphine and Drummuir.
30/07/1866Keith and Dufftown RailwayGreat North of Scotland Railway
Keith and Dufftown Railway absorbed by Great North of Scotland Railway.
  /  /1897Keith and Dufftown Railway
Earlsmill renamed Keith Town.
06/05/1968Keith and Dufftown RailwayMorayshire RailwayStrathspey Railway
Elgin East to Craigellachie to Keith Junction closed to passengers.
  /05/1995Keith and Dufftown Railway
Closure from Keith Junction to Strathisla Platform.
18/08/2001Keith and Dufftown Railway
First passenger train runs from Dufftown to Keith on the re-opened Keith and Dufftown Railway.

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Keith to Dufftown

This refers to the actual junction. For the station see Keith. This junction was formed in 1858 between the Great North of Scotland Railway and the Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway further added to with the opening of the Keith and Dufftown Railway in 1862.
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Great North of Scotland Railway
Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway
37128 pulls a short freight westwards from Keith Junction in 1990.
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Bill Roberton //1990
The Last train from Dufftown passes through Keith behind 47617 on 24th March 1991. ...
Bill Roberton 24/03/1991
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
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
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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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Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway
Buckie and Portessie Branch (Highland Railway)
Great North of Scotland Railway
43134 arriving at Keith (formerly Keith Junction) with a Huntly to Inverness service, on 16th June 2019. We were expecting another 158 unit so this ...
David Bosher 26/06/2019
An Inverness to Aberdeen service calls at Keith on 26 September 2017. Keith
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David Panton 26/09/2017
Looking east over Keith goods yard in 1990. The wagons would be used for loads from the Chivas Regal facility, which can be seen in the background.
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Bill Roberton //1990
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
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This platform was for visitors to the Strathisla Distillery. It was a short distance south west of Keith station.
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This is a single platform station on the preserved Keith and Dufftown Railway. The station has been rebuilt to match the original design. It operates as a terminus currently, although previously it was a through station. It is not far south of Keith.
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The Strathspey Railway's Ivatt 2-6-0 no 46512 returns light engine from Strathmill siding to couple up to the DMU carriages at Keith Town during the ...
John McIntyre 14/10/2012
The Spirit of Speyside waits at Keith Town on 20 May 2012 prior to operating the early afternoon return service to Dufftown. ...
John Furnevel 20/05/2012
A pleasant and sunny spring afternoon at Keith Town station on 20 May 2013 as the Spirit of Speyside prepares for its return journey to ...
John Furnevel 20/05/2013
Keith & Dufftown Railway DMU preparing to leave Keith Town station on the afternoon of 20 May 2012 for the return trip to Dufftown see image ...
John Furnevel 20/05/2012
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With its train of dmus standing on the running line behind it, Ivatt class 2 46512 runs into Strathmill Distillery Siding. This will allow EE 0-6-0 DM ...
Bill Jamieson 13/10/2012
Part of the elaborate shunting process required to operate the Keith & Dufftown Railway's 2012 steam weekend - 46512 propels empty stock of five DMU ...
David Spaven 13/10/2012
Having arrived at Keith Town as the 16:15 from Dufftown, Ivatt class 2 46512 and its train of dmus are propelled back along the running line to ...
Bill Jamieson 13/10/2012
Shortly after leaving Keith Town station the line to Dufftown passes these former goods facilities. The board reads J&B Scotch Whisky, Strathmill ...
John Furnevel 20/05/2012
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This was a two platform station with a passing loop. Today the former southbound line remains in place, the southbound platform and station building, in use as a house.
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Passing the closed station of Auchindachy on the Keith and Dufftown Railway in May 2012. Originally opened as Botriphnie in February 1862 the name ...
John Furnevel 20/05/2012
Looking north east at the closed Auchindachy station. ...
Ewan Crawford //
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This was a small single platform halt. The platform was in timber. The platform was on the north side of the line. The station building was a grounded carriage.
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Looking north at Towiemore halt. ...
Ewan Crawford //
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This is a single platform station on the Keith and Dufftown Railway (Preserved). Today it has minimal facilities but historically it was a pleasant station of two platforms with station buildings.
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Friday 1st June saw the Keith and Dufftown Railway hold a 'Pie & Pint' night. Recently refurbished class 108 headed by DTCL 56224, pauses at Drummuir ...
Caleb Abbott 01/06/2018
Almost ready to leave Drummuir for Keith Town on a glorious 20 May 2012 after dropping off a walker, with volunteer guard Steve Rhodes about to ...
John Furnevel 20/05/2012
Spring is in the air. Walkers disembark from a Sunday afternoon Dufftown - Keith DMU service at Drummuir station on a warm and pleasant 20 May 2012. ...
John Furnevel 20/05/2012
On the same day that our scheduled a trip to the top of Cairngorm didn't happen ... our charter on the Keith and Dufftown Railway had an unscheduled ...
Bruce McCartney 05/10/2018
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This platform served Loch Park during curling contests. ...

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This was the junction for the Mortlach branch. The branch served Glendullan Distillery and extended to Mortlach Distillery around 1900.
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This is a single track masonry viaduct of two arches not far east of Dufftown station. Parkmore Junction was to the east of the viaduct. ...

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Fiddich Viaduct on the Keith and Dufftown railway. Just southeast of Dufftown Station. The station was being Spooked up for Halloween services. ...
Caleb Abbott 25/10/2017
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This is a preserved two platform station, one of the platforms being a bay and the other the former westbound through platform. Dufftown is the terminus of the Keith and Dufftown Railway Association line, a heritage railway. The original station building still stands on the platform. As with many former GNoSR stations the station name is displayed in a window above the platform frontage. A ...

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Strathspey Railway
This is the trackbed for the Mortlach Branch just before the Mortlach
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Caleb Abbott 01/11/2017
The 'Spirit of Banffshire' prepares for departure at Dufftown. ...
John Yellowlees 18/08/2017
Class 108 Driving Motor Standard Lavatory (DMSL) 51568 arrives at Dufftown on 14/04/18 ...
Caleb Abbott 14/04/2018
Several carriages of DMU stock at Dufftown on 14 October 2012 when the Strathspey Railway's Ivatt 2-6-0 was hauling services. ...
John McIntyre 14/10/2012
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Mortlach Branch

This was the junction for the Mortlach branch. The branch served Glendullan Distillery and extended to Mortlach Distillery around 1900.
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This siding (1900-1964) was an extension of the line from Parkmore Junction wich served the Mortlach Distillery.
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