Craigellachie

Location type

Station

Names and dates

Strathspey Junction (1863-1864)
Craigellachie (1864-1968)

Opened on the Morayshire Railway.
Opened on the Strathspey Railway.

Description

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 to reach Dandaleith.

The main station building, a long single storey building, was on the Boat of Garten and Elgin East (northbound) platform. There was a waiting room on the Dufftown (southbound) platform.

There was a large goods yard on the west (Strathspey) side of the station, approached from the south. This yard was equipped with a large goods shed, sidings and (on the west side) a turntable. A particularly long siding ran parallel, and to the south of, the Boat of Garten route.

The station had three signal boxes, all opened in 1900. The principal box was the South box, located on the east side at the south end of the station at the junction between the Boat of Garten and Elgin East routes and the turn out for the goods yard. This box above the west bank of the River Fiddich with a large stone base. The line crossed over the Fiddich just to the south by a girder bridge.

The West box was at the west end of the Boat of Garten platform. It was built on the timber extension of the platform to the west.

The North box was on the southbound of the Elgin East platforms, just north of the waiting shelter.

The Boat of Garten route closed to passengers in 1965, but remained open to goods.

The main line, the 'Glen' route, from Elgin East to Keith closed to passengers in 1968. It closed completely between Elgin East and Craigellachie. All three signal boxes closed. Also in 1968 Boat of Garten to Aberlour closed.

Aberlour to Dufftown via Craigellachie closed in 1971.

The station site is now partly absorbed into the enlarged A95 on the east side, the platforms have not survived there. The platform on the Strathspey line has survived and the line is the Strathspey Way footpath which has a car park on the station site. The South signal box site is now an ideal place from which to view the river.

Tags

Station junction footpath

External links

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




Dates

16/07/1846Morayshire Railway
Act receives Royal assent. Authorised from Lossiemouth to Elgin [GNSR] and from Orton to Craigellachie.
10/07/1850Morayshire Railway
Authorisation of Orton to Craigellachie abandoned.
  /  /1858Morayshire Railway
Orton to Craigellachie re-authorised.
01/07/1863Strathspey Railway
Line opened from Dufftown to Abernethy [Strathspey] via Speyside Junction. Stations opened at: Strathspey Junction, Aberlour, Carron, Blacksboat, Ballindalloch, Advie [1st], Dalvey [2nd], Cromdale, Grantown-on-Spey East and Abernethy [Strathspey].
06/05/1968Keith and Dufftown RailwayMorayshire RailwayStrathspey Railway
Elgin East to Craigellachie to Keith Junction closed to passengers.
04/11/1968Morayshire RailwayStrathspey Railway
Elgin East to Craigellachie closed to freight.

Books


A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: The North of Scotland v. 15 (Regional railway history series)

Forgotten Railways: Scotland

Old Grantown to Aviemore: Upper Strathspey

Speyside Railways: Exploring the Remains of the Great North of Scotland Railways and Its Environs

Strathspey Railway: Guide book

The Travellers Joy: The Story of the Morayshire Railway