Morayshire Railway

Introduction

This railway is closed. The railway provided a service from Lossiemouth to Elgin and from Elgin to Craigellachie connection was made with the Strathspey Railway. A connection existed between Rothes and Orton on the Highland Railway. At Lossie Junction the Morayshire Railway was joined by the Moray Coast Railway (Great North of Scotland Railway).






Dates

16/07/1846[Morayshire Railway]
Act receives Royal assent. Authorised from Lossiemouth to Elgin and from Orton to Craigellachie.
10/07/1850[Morayshire Railway]
Authorisation of Orton to Craigellachie abandoned.
28/11/1851[Morayshire Railway]
First Sod cut.
10/08/1852[Morayshire Railway]
Line opens from Elgin to Lossiemouth.
  /  /1858[Morayshire Railway]
Orton to Craigellachie re-authorised.
  /07/1858Morayshire Railway
Pre-opening inspection of Orton to Rothes line (passed but frustratingly the Elgin to Orton section of the [Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway] fails).
23/08/1858Morayshire Railway
Orton (on the Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway) to Rothes opened.
23/12/1858[Morayshire Railway]
Rothes to Craigellachie opened.
  /12/1859[Morayshire Railway]
Linksfield Level Crossing Halt and Greens of Drainie Halt closed.
03/07/1860Morayshire Railway
Elgin East to Rothes via Longmorn authorised (avoiding difficulties using the Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway's Elgin to Orton section).
17/05/1861[Morayshire Railway]
Extension from Craigellachie to join the [Strathspey Railway] authorised.
30/12/1861[Morayshire Railway]
Elgin to Rothes opened to freight.
01/01/1862[Morayshire Railway]
Elgin to Rothes opened to passengers (Intermediate station opened at Longmorn).
05/06/1863[Morayshire Railway]
Conditional halt added at Coleburn between Elgin and Rothes.
01/07/1863[Morayshire Railway]
Line opened from Craigellachie to Speyside Junction.
  /  /1864[Morayshire Railway]
[Strathspey Railway]
Craigellachie renamed Dandaleith and Strathspey Junction renamed Craigellachie.
31/07/1866[Morayshire Railway]
Rothes to Orton closed.
  /  /1871[Morayshire Railway]
Coleburn closed and Birchfield Platform (conditional halt) opened to replace it.
11/08/1881[Morayshire Railway]
[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Morayshire Railway absorbed by Great North of Scotland Railway. (Alternative date: 1880).
  /  /1898[Morayshire Railway]
Longmorn distillery branch opened.
  /  /1902[Morayshire Railway]
Elgin station rebuilt.
  /  /1903[Morayshire Railway]
Railcars used on Lossiemouth branch.
  /  /1907[Morayshire Railway]
Rothes to Orton track lifted.
06/04/1964[Morayshire Railway]
Lossiemouth to Elgin (Lossie Junction) closed to passengers.
28/03/1966[Morayshire Railway]
Elgin East to Lossie Junction to Lossiemouth closed to freight.
06/05/1968[Banff Portsoy and Strathisla Railway]
[Moray Coast Railway] ([Great North of Scotland Railway])
[Morayshire Railway]
Elgin to Buckie to Cairnie Junction closed to passengers.
06/05/1968[Keith and Dufftown Railway]
[Morayshire Railway]
[Strathspey Railway]
Elgin to Craigellachie to Keith Junction closed to passengers.
04/11/1968[Morayshire Railway]
[Strathspey Railway]
Elgin East to Craigellachie closed to freight.
  /  /1979[Morayshire Railway]
Longmorn distillery branch closed having been used as a line simply between distilleries for a number of years.

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.

Elgin to Lossiemouth

Elgin East

The station still stands, in use as business premises. To the south of the building the railway still runs, providing access to the terminus's goods yard.
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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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Linksfield Level Crossing

This was a halt at the Linksfield Level Crossing, just north of Lossie Junction near Elgin [East]. There was a short platform on the west side of the line, just south of the level crossing itself.
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Greens of Drainie

This was a small halt at Wester Greens. There was a very short platform on the east side of the line where the line crossed a drainage ditch.
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Rifle Range Halt

This halt was just south of Lossiemouth. It served a Second World War rifle range.
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Lossiemouth

This was a single platform station with a large goods yard. The yard was located to the east of the passenger station and served the quayside.
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Orton to Craigellachie

Sourden

This was a small station to the west of the Pool of Sourden and just west of Bridge Sourden. An early closure it existed for 18 years. The 1862 opening of the line between Elgin East and Rothes led to its closure in 1866 and eventually led to the closure of the line in 1880. The track...

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Rothes

This was a station with staggered platforms and a fine building on the northbound platform, at the south end.
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Dandaleith

This was a single platform station with a large timber building. It was, briefly, the terminus of the line until it was extended south to Strathspey Junction.
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Craigellachie

This was a three platform station and junction. There were two platforms on the route between Elgin East and Keith via Dufftown and one platform on the Strathspey route to Boat of Garten. To the north on the Elgin route the line almost immediately crossed the Craigellachie Bridge...

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Elgin to Rothes

Elgin East

The station still stands, in use as business premises. To the south of the building the railway still runs, providing access to the terminus's goods yard.
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Longmorn

This was a two platform station with a passing loop.
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Coleburn's Platform

This platform served Coleburn Distillery. To the south was a passing loop with a signal box and sidings for the distillery. The sidings were on the west side of the line and served from the south (the north end of the loop). A siding ran from the south end of the loop to a gravel pit on the west...

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Birchfield Platform

A halt, also known as Birchfield Siding. The platform was on the west side of the single line. It was a little north of the house and level crossing at Birchfield.
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Rothes

This was a station with staggered platforms and a fine building on the northbound platform, at the south end.
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