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.


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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The 1884 through station at Portsoy, photographed in 1977. Opened following the extension of the line west, it replaced the original terminus [see ...
Bill Roberton /09/1977
The former Portsoy Station in August 2010, now used by the Scouts. The old building is looking a bit run down and in need of refurbishment. A branch ...
John Gray 22/08/2010
View from location of the old down platform looking towards Tillynaught junction. The station is now in use as a scout hut. ...
John Williamson 15/02/2009
The 1884 station building at Portsoy, opened when the line was extended westward by the GNSR. The station closed along with the line in 1968 and has ...
John Furnevel 23/05/2012

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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All that remains of Glassaugh Station on the Moray Coast Route. It was a two platform station with a goods yard and a small bay platform. The ...
John Gray 22/10/2009

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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The goods platform at Tochieneal Station a mile and a quarter from Cullen. Although not far from Cullen it was larger with a more extensive goods ...
John Gray 22/10/2009

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 viewed from the goods yard with the passenger station's curving single platform off to the right. View looks south. ...
Alan Norris //1972
Cullen in 1973 when the station building still stood. Passenger station to right and goods yard to left. The view looks south and the viaduct is out ...
Alan Norris //1973
View to the west and the viaduct from the closed Cullen station's platform. The goods yard was to the right. ...
Alan Norris //1972
Cullen station on the 4th of July 1973 looking to Aberdeen. This location is now a housing estate. A similar building can still be found further east ...
Alan Norris 04/07/1973

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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Immediately west of Cullen Station was this four arch viaduct which crosses the main road, the only way to get all the arches in the picture was to ...
John Gray 22/10/2009
The old viaduct in Cullen, which crosses the main street in the town. [See image 38970] for the view in the opposite direction. ...
Mark Bartlett 03/07/2012
Surviving section of viaduct crossing Seafield Street, Cullen, in May 2012. View north towards the harbour with Cullen Bay beyond. The former station ...
John Furnevel 23/05/2012
A GNSR Christmas steam special crossing Seafield Steet viaduct, Cullen, on 21 December 2012. ...
Colin Martin 21/12/2012

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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The Great North of Scotland Railway was denied easy access to Cullen as The Earl of Seafield, being a director of the Highland Railway, refused to ...
John Gray 22/10/2009
A disused Moray Coast bridge and one of the town's viaducts that form part of the impressive railway backdrop to the coastline at Cullen. ...
Mark Bartlett 03/07/2012
View looking south over Cullen harbour, former line of railway and its viaducts behind town. ...
Ewan Crawford //

This disused single track bridge is east of Cullen Burn Viaduct and west of Cullen Castle Street Viaduct and Cullen Seafield Street Viaduct. ...

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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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The impressive viaduct at the west end of Cullen looking towards Portknockie. The eight arch viaduct crosses the main A98, a slip road to the beach ...
John Gray 22/10/2009
The eight arch viaduct at Cullen looking east, in the rain. ...
John Gray 22/10/2009
View west over the town of Cullen in May 2012. The viaduct once carried the Moray Coast line towards Portnockie in the distance on the other side of ...
John Furnevel 23/05/2012
The trackbed of the Moray Coast line curves away towards Portnockie, just west of Cullen's longest viaduct. Stunning scenery on a beautiful June ...
Brian Taylor 12/06/2012

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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Portknockie station in 1972, four years after closure of the line. For those who are local the Thames Trader furniture van is Anderson & England, an ...
Ian Millar //1972
Start of the section of Moray cycle track heading east along the former trackbed towards Cullen, seen from the A942 on the south edge of Portknockie ...
David Pesterfield 26/06/2010

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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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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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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Looking east at Portessie in 1997. From left to right - GNSR eastbound, GNSR westbound, HR platform (mostly concealed by undergrowth). The station ...
Ewan Crawford //1997
The mid afternoon Elgin-Cairnie Junction DMU waits to cross an Aberdeen-Elgin DMU at Portessie on 2nd May 1968. ...
David Spaven 02/05/1968

This was a two platform station.
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The bridge that carried the Moray Coast line over the Burn of Buckie, located between Buckpool and Buckie stations looking east to Buckie in August ...
Brian Taylor 25/08/2012
Looking west towards the former Buckie station site, east end where the goods yard was located. ...
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Looking east over the former Buckie station. ...
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Closure notice at Buckie, photographed on 2nd May 1968 - signalling the end was nigh in just a few days for both passenger and freight trains on the ...
David Spaven 02/05/1968

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 sidings from the west end of the station.
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The footbridge at Buckpool in 1997, looking east along the former Moray Coast line towards Buckie. ...
Ewan Crawford //1997
In need of refurbishment, the half footbridge east of the site of Buckpool station (of which nothing remains) on the Moray Coast line, seen here on 22 ...
John Gray 22/08/2010
The old footbridge over the trackbed just east of the Buckpool station site. Still in use and load/deflecton tested by the photographer in August 2012 ...
Brian Taylor 26/08/2012
Looking west over Buckpool station. ...
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This was a single platform station with the platform on the south side of the line.
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View looking west across the former Portgordon station. ...
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The site of Portgordon station, looking east towards Buckpool and Buckie, in August 2010. Half of the site is now occupied by the local bowling club. ...
John Williamson 05/08/2010
At the east end of Portgordon the Moray Coast railway and the road came together. This view looks west towards the village in July 2012 along the ...
Mark Bartlett 03/07/2012
A minor overbridge, in very good condition, just west of Portgordon, looking east towards Buckie in August 2012. This part of the old trackbed between ...
Brian Taylor 26/08/2012

This was a two platform station. The main station building, on the eastbound platform, survives and has been restored.
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View looking east at the former Spey Bay station. ...
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Since my last visit a few years ago, the former Spey Bay Station has been refurbished and looks like new in December 2013. The grounds have been ...
John Gray 04/12/2013
Spey Bay looking east. ...
Ian Dinmore //
Spey Bay survives under private ownership, but could do with a lick of paint! ...
John Williamson 15/02/2009

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 either side by three 100ft plain truss girders. The overall length is 947.5ft.
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Built by the Great North of Scotland Railway,Spey Bay Viaduct was completed in 1886 as part of the Moray Coast line.The viaduct is 950 ft. long with ...
John Gray 02/05/2018
Built by the Great North of Scotland Railway,Spey Bay Viaduct was completed in 1886 as part of the Moray Coast line.The viaduct is 950 ft. long with ...
John Gray 02/05/2018
Spey Viaduct looking west 2 - Oct 2005. ...
John Furnevel /10/2005
Spey Bay Viaduct looking west. The viaduct is part of the Speyside Way and is still in good condition, 14/10/05. ...
John Gray 14/10/2005

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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View looking west at Garmouth station. ...
Ewan Crawford //
Originally thought to have been Port Gordon, a number of people have kindly pointed out my error. With a little assistance from a video of the Moray ...
John McIntyre 01/04/1973

This was a single platform station with a goods yard on its south side, approached from the west.
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Looking west at the former Urquhart station. ...
Ewan Crawford //

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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View looking north at Calcots station, broadside to the platform. ...
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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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View looks east towards Buckie over Lossie Junction. ...
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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].

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

Looking south at the former Grange North Junction. ...
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