Cruden Bay

Location type


Name and dates

Cruden Bay (1897-1932)

Opened on the Boddam Branch (Great North of Scotland Railway).
Opened on the Cruden Bay Hotel Tramway (Great North of Scotland Railway).


This was a very fine two platform station with heavily canopied station buildings on each platform, in keeping with it being associated with a fine railway owned hotel, Cruden Bay Hotel. The hotel and its electric tramway (Cruden Bay Hotel Tramway (Great North of Scotland Railway)) opened in 1899.

The larger station building was on the southbound platform. From the rear of this platform electric trams ran to the hotel.

There was a goods yard to the south, approached from the west.

The station end of the tramway was between the passenger station and the goods yard.

A signal box opened with the station. This was on the southbound platform, to the west of the station platform.

The eastbound platform station building was demolished after closure to passengers in 1932. The tramway was retained for the hotel laundry and coal traffic. The signal box also closed in 1932, replaced by a ground frame.

The tramway was closed in 1941 and lifted shortly afterwards. Golf Road follows the course of the former tramway.

The hotel struggled after 1932, having lost its railway connection. In 1939 it was requisitioned by the army. Following the war the line closed in 1948 and the hotel was demolished between 1947 and 1952.

The station site was cleared and landscaped in the 1960s. Several modern houses now stand on some of the western portion of the site. The passenger station site is currently a field.

The line to the east and north ran on a high embankment which has been levelled.

The station site was west of Cruden Bay itself and Port Errol.


Canmore - Slains Castle


Station tramway electric tram hotel canopies

External links

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


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Narrow-gauge Port Erroll Narrow Gauge Railway (near the former Cruden Bay station) opened.