Dufftown

Location type

Station


Names and dates

Dufftown (1862-1968)
Dufftown (2003-)

Opened on the Keith and Dufftown Railway.

Opened on the Strathspey Railway.

Open on the Keith and Dufftown Railway [Preserved].

Note: text in square brackets is added for clarity and was not part of the location's name.


Description

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.

The former goods yard, on the south west side of the line, approached from the Keith direction, is now used for stock storage.

This was the terminus of the Keith and Dufftown Railway from Keith, opened in 1862. It was extended by the Strathspey Railway west through Craigellachie to Boat of Garten in 1863.

The station had a passing loop, two platforms and the goods yard.

With a link made to the Morayshire Railway at Craigellachie, the station was served by Great North of Scotland Railway trains travelling from Elgin East to Keith and from Boat of Garten to Keith.

Around the time of closure to passengers, grain silos were erected in the goods yard which was enlarged to serve them. The line was cut back to Dufftown in 1971. A loop was established to the east of the station, the second line (eastbound) through the station being lifted. Railtours visited for many years until final closure, some time after freight ceased, in 1991.

After a period of abeyance, the line was taken over by the Keith and Dufftown Railway Association whose base of operations is at the station. The line was progressively cleared out from Dufftown. Regular heritage trains now operate from here to Keith Town.

The next station west was Craigellachie and east Drummuir (although a halt, Drummuir Curlers Platform was closer still).

The Glenfiddich Distillery and Balvenie Distillery are located by the station.

Local

Keith and Dufftown Railway

12/09/2018

Tags

Station terminus preservation heritage

External links

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