Location type


Names and dates

Alford (1859-1950)
Alford (1983-)

Opened on the Alford Valley Railway.
Opened on the Grampian Transport Museum.


This was a single platform terminus on a standard gauge railway. Today the site is a station on a narrow gauge railway.

The original stone station building has not survived and a timber replacement is in its place. The apparent locomotive shed to the west, actually a carriage shed, at the buffer end, is original (Alford Carriage Shed).

The goods yard was south of the station, approached from the east. The locomotive shed was at the east end, approached from the station (Alford Shed).

A signal box opened in 1895. This was at the station throat, north side of the line.

The station closed to passengers in 1950 but remained open for goods until 1966 when the goods yard, box and line closed.

The station is now part of the Grampian Transport Museum which has a narrow gauge (2ft) line running out from the station to the east and north (not presently in operation, 2019). The railway is now run by a trust.

In 1906 the Great North of Scotland Railway introduced a bus service from the station up Strathdon to Bellabeg.

There was a ticket platform to the east of the station.


Station terminus

External links

Canmore site record
NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67

Chronology Dates

  /  /1903Great North of Scotland Railway Alford Valley Railway Inverury and Old Meldrum Junction Railway Morayshire Railway St Combs Light Railway (Great North of Scotland Railway)
Railcars used on the Alford, Old Meldrum, Lossiemouth and St Combs lines. Bodies for these experimental railcars were built at the Inverurie Works, the steam engines were by Andrew Barclay, Sons & Co and the boilers by Cochran's Boiler Works.
02/01/1950Alford Valley Railway
Alford to Kintore [1st] closed to passengers.
02/01/1966Alford Valley Railway
Alford to Paradise Siding closed to freight.
  /  /2019Alford Valley Railway
The Alford Valley Railway Company, from the Grampian Transport Museum to Alford, is made a trust.

News items

15/09/2023All aboard the railway in Alford for Doors Open Days [Grampian Online]
23/08/2023Full steam ahead for the Alford Valley Community Railway [Grampian Online]
08/06/2023Alford Valley Railway is on track for re-opening [Grampian Online]
16/02/2023Alford Valley Community Railway receives safety equipment funding [Grampian Online]
01/11/2022In Pictures: End of season Steam Crank Up at Alford Heritage Centre [Grampian Online]
24/08/2022Bringing railway attraction back to life is on the right track [Scotsman]
13/08/2022Full steam ahead as railway group takes over formal control in Alford [Grampian Online]
18/05/2022Deeside groups share in National Lottery funding boost [Deeside Piper]
05/05/2022Looking back at Alford's rail history [Grampian Online]
27/01/2022Plans to bring back popular railway tourist attraction on track [STV]


A History of the Great North of Scotland Railway

Great North of Scotland Railway (History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands, vol. 3)

Great North of Scotland Railway Album

Great North of Scotland Railway Album

History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands: Great North of Scotland Railway v. 3

The Great North of Scotland Railway - A New History