Dyce

Location type

Station

Names and dates

Dyce (1861-1968)
Dyce (1984-)

Station code: DYC National Rail ScotRail
Where: Aberdeen City, Scotland
Opened on the Great North of Scotland Railway.
Opened on the Formartine and Buchan Railway.
Open on the Aberdeen to Inverness.

Description

This is a two platform station with a car park in the village of Dyce on the east side of Aberdeen Airport.

It was a four platform station with two platforms on the Great North of Scotland Railway (still open) and two platforms on the Formartine and Buchan Railway. The station opened with the Buchan branch, replacing Dyce [1st] station.

There was a tall signal box at the south end dating from 1880, controlling the former junction and station. This was the last example of this style of Great North of Scotland Railway box. An alternative use was not able to be found for the box after it became redundant with the doubling and resignalling of Kittybrewster [2nd] to Inverurie and the bulding was demolished in 2019.
Signalling was taken over by the Aberdeen Signalling Centre.

Until 1928 there were two small boxes at the north end, Dyce North (opened 1880 on doubling) controlling the line on to Pitmedden and Dyce Buchan (opened 1894), a small signal box, controlling the north end of the branch loop. This was located on the west side of the line at the north end of the loop and survived its closure. The Buchan box survived closure as it was used as a foreman's office for the Dyce Creosote Works. These boxes were taken over by Dyce South in 1928, which was renamed simply 'Dyce', the box above closed in 2019.

The main line doubled to the south (to Kittybrewster Junction) in 1861, in time for the opening of the branch and new station and it was doubled to the north (to Kintore) in 1880.

The station closed to passengers in 1968. Not long afterwards the mainline north to Inverurie was reduced to a single track in 1969. The line south to Aberdeen was singled in 1971. A loop was retained on the main line and the branch singled (northbound loop lifted). The branch closed in 1979 and station re-opened in 1984.

A station building survived, the former building on the southbound branch platform, in use as a chippy until a fire. The central platform station building was like that which survives at Maud.

The former branch platform area is now the station car park.

At the south end of the station there was a large carriage shed yard on the west side of the line, approached from the north. On the east side there was a small locomotive shed opened with the branch.

With the opening of the Raith's Farm Sidings in 2007 semaphore was dispensed with and the passing loop extended north to the new freight depot.

Sea Salt + Sole has opened in a replacement building by the station.

The line has been redoubled to both north and south (2019).

Local

Aberdeen International Airport

Tags

Station junction

External links

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




Dates

23/07/1858Formartine and Buchan Railway
Act receives Royal ascent. (Dyce to Peterhead, Mintlaw to Fraserburgh, branch to Ellon).
  /  /1860Great North of Scotland Railway
Kittybrewster [2nd] to Dyce doubled (but not used until 1861).
18/07/1861Formartine and Buchan Railway
Opened from Dyce (Great North of Scotland Railway) to Mintlaw.
18/07/1861Great North of Scotland Railway
Double track from Kittybrewster [2nd] to Dyce brought into use on the opening of the Formartine and Buchan Railway.
01/07/1880Great North of Scotland Railway
Doubled Dyce to Kintore opened.
02/10/1965Formartine and Buchan Railway
Fraserburgh to Dyce junction closed to passengers. (Alternative date 4/10/1965).
06/10/1979Formartine and Buchan Railway
Closed to freight between Dyce junction (excluded) and Fraserburgh.

Books

150 Years of the Great North: Tales of the Little But Good
A History of the Great North of Scotland Railway

Banff, Moray and Nairn's Lost Railways

Great North Memories: Aberdeen No. 2: Scenes of the North East's Own Railway

Great North Memories: LNER Era, 1923-47

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

Great North of Scotland Railway Carriages

Great North of Scotland Railway Locomotives

History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands: Great North of Scotland Railway v. 3
LNER Wagons: Volume 3: Scottish Area: Ex North British and Ex-Great North of Scotland Railway Wagons
Modelling the Great North of Scotland Railway
Moray Coast Railways
Signalling and Signal Boxes along the North British Railway, Great North of Scotland Railway and the CLC Routes

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

The Great North of Scotland Railway - A New History

The Travellers Joy: The Story of the Morayshire Railway