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

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

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

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

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


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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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 39580]. ...
John Furnevel 20/05/2012
Keith Town - October 2010. ...
Bill Roberton 04/10/2010
Looking north over Keith Town station in November 2006. ...
John Furnevel 08/11/2006
Looking north at Keith Town station which has been completely rebuilt by the K&DRA. Magnificent! ...
Ewan Crawford //2005

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

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 at Auchindachy on the Keith and Dufftown Railway in May 2012. The station opened as Botriphnie in February 1862 and changed ...
John Furnevel 20/05/2012
Looking north east at the closed Auchindachy station. ...
Ewan Crawford //

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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This is a single platform station on the preserved Keith and Dufftown Railway. Today it has minimal facilities.
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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
Looking north east at Drummuir. ...
Ewan Crawford //

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 siding was an extension of the line from Parkmore Junction wich served the Mortlach Distillery. ...

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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 through platform.
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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
Originally supplied new from the English Electric Vulcan Foundry to the Seaham Harbour Dock Co in 1967, this 0-6-0 diesel hydraulic (works no D1193) ...
John Furnevel 20/05/2012