Moray Coast Railway (Great North of Scotland Railway)

Introduction

This railway is closed. The railway provided a service from Portsoy on the Banff, Portsoy and Strathisla Railway to Lossie Junction on the Morayshire Railway near Elgin. The Highland Railway built a branch from Keith which joined the Moray Coast Railway at Portessie for Buckie. The line was well served with passing loops at many of the stations.

Why built

The line very much served the farming and fishing communities and harbours of the coast but also carried whisky traffic.






Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.

Portsoy to Lossiemouth

Single track passenger and goods line from Portsoy Harbour Junction to Lossie Junction.

Portsoy [2nd]

This was a two platform station. The main station building was on the eastbound platform. The station replaced the Portsoy [1st] terminus when the line was extended west to form the Moray Coast Railway.
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Glassaugh

This was a two platform station with a loop on a single track line. The main station building was on the eastbound platform.
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Tochieneal

This was a two platform station with a passing loop on a single track line. The main station building was on the westbound platform. There was a goods yard to the south of the station approached from the east.
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Cullen

This was a single platform station, the platform being on a long gentle curve. The goods yard was approached from the south, the lines running north from the point of junction.
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Cullen Seafield Street Viaduct

This disused single track viaduct is immediately west of the former Cullen station. To the west are Cullen Castle Street Viaduct, Cullen North Deskford Street Bridge and Cullen Burn Viaduct....

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Cullen Castle Street Viaduct

This single track four arch viaduct is west of Cullen Seafield Street Viaduct and east of Cullen North Deskford Street Bridge and Cullen Burn Viaduct, in that order. The easternmost arch is filled in....

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Cullen Burn Viaduct

Or Seatown Viaduct. This is a disused single track stone viaduct to the west of Cullen station and Cullen Seafield Street Viaduct.
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Portknockie

This was a two platform station, with a passing loop, on a single track line. The platforms were slightly staggered. the main station building was on the eastbound (town side) station.
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Findochty

This was a single platform station just to the south of Findochty and its Broad Haven. The platform was on the north side of the single track and there was a goods yard at the east end, approached from the east, on the north side of the line.
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Findochty Junction

This was a double track junction to the east of the Portessie [GNSR] and Portessie [HR] station where the lines from their Buckie [GNSR] and Buckie [HR], respectively, met.
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Portessie [GNSR]

This was a three platform station which was built at the expense of the Great North of Scotland Railway. Two platforms, owned by the GNoSR were at the east end of a loop which ran west to Buckie [GNSR].
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Buckie [GNSR]

This was a two platform station.
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Buckpool

This was a single platform station, the platform on the north side of the line. It gave the appearance of a two platform station as there was a loading bank on the south side, served by a siding from the west which was later looped. The loading bank's southern face and a goods shed were served by...

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Portgordon

This was a single platform station with the platform on the south side of the line.
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Spey Bay

This was a two platform station. The main station building, on the eastbound platform, survives and has been restored.
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Spey Viaduct

This single track viaduct is out of use, now used as a footpath. The bridge crossed the River Spey close to its mouth between the former Garmouth and Spey Bay stations. Sometimes also known as the Garmouth Viaduct. The viaduct has three sections: a central 350ft bowstring approached on...

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Garmouth

This was a two platform station with a passing loop on a single track line. The main station building was on the eastbound platform.
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Urquhart

This was a single platform station with a goods yard on its south side, approached from the west.
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Calcots

This was a two platform station with a passing loop on a single line. The main station building was on the eastbound platform. There was a goods yard to the east of the station, approached from the south.
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Lossie Junction

This junction was just north of Elgin. This is where the Moray Coast Railway (Great North of Scotland Railway) met the older Morayshire Railway at a junction giving access to Elgin [East].
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Cairnie to Grange Curve

This short double track passenger and goods curve ran from Cairnie Junction to Grange North Junction. It allowed trains from Aberdeen and the east to take the coast line to approach Elgin [East].

Cairnie Junction

This was an exchange station.
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