Elgin East

Location type


Names and dates

Elgin [GNSR] (1852-1948)
Elgin East (1948-1968)

Opened on the Morayshire Railway.

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


The station still stands, in use as business premises. To the south of the building the railway still runs, providing access to the terminus's goods yard.

This was originally the terminus of the Morayshire Railway. When built it was on the southern edge of the town which is why the road access and turning area face north.

New signal boxes opened in 1888 - Elgin West Signal Box [GNSR] and Elgin East Junction.

In a great reconstruction of 1902 the station expanded to have four platforms, with an overall roof covering the three bays and through platform. The alignment east from the station made it very clear that the lines running out of the bays were the main line.

It became the Great North of Scotland Railway station, just east of the Highland Railway's station. A link was put in between the stations, the station acting as both terminus and through station afterwards. The station was the terminus for trains to Lossiemouth, Buckie (the coast line to Cairnie Junction, Dufftown (the Speyside route to Keith) and Aberdeen.

The station was rebuilt in the Scottish Baronial style in 1898. Canopies and a glazed area over the terminal platforms were added. The through platform was extremely long - continuing west from the station to join the Aberdeen platform of the Highland Railway station.

There was a large goods yard to the south of the station, located in the 'V' of the junction. At the east end of the site was a locomotive shed.

After closure the station remained intact, although bay platform lines were lifted and the platforms were screened from the lines in the 1980s. The goods yard remained in operation.

A signal box, Elgin Centre, which controlled the connection between the two stations, remains standing to the south of the station in the 'V' of the junction, somewhat past its best. It is 'C' listed.

ScotRail is establishing (winter 2017, not yet constructed winter 2018) a train depot in the former goods yard.


Station terminus

External links

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


03/07/1860Morayshire Railway
Elgin East to Rothes via Longmorn authorised (avoiding difficulties using the Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway's Elgin to Orton section).