Strathspey Railway

Introduction

This railway is closed and much of the former trackbed now forms the Speyside Way (Speyside Way ).

The line ran by the River Spey serving Whisky country. The line was single track.

The railway provided a service from Boat of Garten to Dufftown. Connections were provided at Craigellachie to Elgin (via the Morayshire Railway) and Dufftown to Aberdeen (via the Keith and Dufftown Railway and the Great North of Scotland Railway). Connections were provided at Boat of Garten to Inverness and Perth (via the Inverness and Perth Junction Railway and later the Highland Railway).






Dates

17/05/1861[Strathspey Railway]
Act receives Royal assent for line from Dufftown to Abernethy
01/07/1863[Strathspey Railway]
Line opened from Dufftown to Abernethy via Speyside Junction. Stations opened at: Stations : Strathspey Junction, Aberlour, Carron, Blacksboat, Ballindalloch, Advie, Dalvey, Cromdale, Grantown and Abernethy.
  /  /1864[Morayshire Railway]
[Strathspey Railway]
Craigellachie renamed Dandaleith and Strathspey Junction renamed Craigellachie.
05/07/1865[Strathspey Railway]
Extension from Abernethy to Boat of Garten authorised.
30/07/1866[Strathspey Railway]
[Great North of Scotland Railway]
Strathspey Railway absorbed by Great North of Scotland Railway.
01/08/1866[Strathspey Railway]
Abernethy to Boat of Garten opened.
01/11/1867[Strathspey Railway]
Abernethy renamed Nethy Bridge.
  /  /1868[Strathspey Railway]
Dalvey closed.
01/09/1868[Strathspey Railway]
Advie closed.
01/09/1868[Strathspey Railway]
Advie (New) opened, 1.21 km east of former station.
  /  /1869[Strathspey Railway]
Knockando opened (Private).
01/07/1899[Strathspey Railway]
Dalbeallie Distillery siding converted to a station - Dalbeallie.
  /  /1905[Strathspey Railway]
Knockando renamed Knockando House Halt.
  /  /1905[Strathspey Railway]
Dalbeallie renamed Knockando.
  /  /1958[Strathspey Railway]
Railcar used on Speyside line.
18/10/1965[Strathspey Railway]
Advie closed.
18/10/1965[Strathspey Railway]
Boat of Garten to Craigellachie closed to passengers.
18/10/1965[Strathspey Railway]
Aberlour closed.
06/05/1968[Keith and Dufftown Railway]
[Morayshire Railway]
[Strathspey Railway]
Elgin to Craigellachie to Keith Junction closed to passengers.
04/11/1968[Strathspey Railway]
Boat of Garten to Aberlour closed to freight.
04/11/1968[Morayshire Railway]
[Strathspey Railway]
Elgin East to Craigellachie closed to freight.
15/11/1971[Strathspey Railway]
Aberlour to Craigellachie to Dufftown closed to freight.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

Dufftown

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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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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Aberlour

This was a two platform station.
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Dailuaine Halt

This was a single platform halt....

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Carron

This was a two platform station with a goods yard to the north, approached from the east. There was a level crossing to the immediate west of the station, access to the Imperial Distillery.
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Imperial Cottages Halt

This halt was alongside the Imperial Cottages and to the west of the Imperial Distillery and Carron station. The distillery cottages were built on the north side of the line.
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Knockando House Halt

This was a private short single platform halt built in timber on the north side of the line serving Knockando House.
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Knockando

This was a two platform station with a passing loop. The station did not open with the line and was initially named for a farm to the east. The goods yard was to the north of the station, approached from the west, from the eastbound loop. To the west was the line to Tamdhu Distillery which was...

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Blacksboat

This is a well preserved closed station on the former Strathspey Railway. It had a single platform, on the west side of the line, and a goods yard to the south, also on the west side of the line, approached from the south.
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Ballindalloch

This was a two platform station at Cragganmore, Ballindalloch Castle was two miles away by road. Nearer was the Cragganmore distillery. The distillery was intentionally opened here due to the proximity of the railway.
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Advie [1st]

The original Advie station was a halt at the north end of the road from Mains of Advie. It was short lived and replaced by Advie [2nd], opened to the west....

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Advie [2nd]

A single platform station with a short platform and siding at the west end, the platform was extended, a new building (in timber) provided and goods yard expanded. The platform was on the south side of the line.
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Dalvey [2nd]

This short lived station was east of Mains of Dalvey. The station site seems to appear on the 1870 OS map, with possibly a lifted siding served from the west....

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Dalvey Farm Halt

This halt was at Main of Dalvey, the halt separated from the farm by the main road. The platform was on the south side of the line close to Bridge of Dalvey.
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Cromdale

This was a single platform station. The station building is now a house.
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Grantown-on-Spey East

This was a two platform station to the south of the town of Grantown-on-Spey, and on the south bank of the Spey.
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Ballifurth Farm Halt

This farm halt was alongside Balliefurth Farm on the line to the immediate west. The halt was alongside the road bridge crossing the line. It was opened by British Railways.
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Nethy Bridge

The former station building is now a bunkhouse. Abernethy Bunkhouses ...

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Boat of Garten

This is a preserved station on the Strathspey Railway....

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