Grange

Location type

Station

Name and dates

Grange (1856-1968)

Station code: National Rail
Opened on the Great North of Scotland Railway.
Opened on the Banff, Portsoy and Strathisla Railway.

Description

This was a two platform station for much of its existence. From 1859 to 1886 it was the junction station for the Banff, Portsoy and Strathisla Railway with the junction at the east end of the station. Because of this it had a turntable at the east end, north of the line. There was a bay at the east end of the eastbound platform. The station had a loop before the main line was doubled. The main station building was on the eastbound platform at the west end.

The station's goods yard was to the north of the line, approached from the east.

The line from Rothiemay to Keith was doubled in 1898 and a signal box ('Grange Junction')opened on the south side of the line, east of the platforms and opposite the goods yard with the junction to its east.

In 1886 with the extension of the branch, by the Morayshire Coast line, a new curve was put in to Grange South Junction (later Cairnie Junction which became the junction exchange station when it opened in 1898). This created a triangular junction and allowed trains from Aberdeen direct access to the branch. Each side of the triangle was double track except the Grange to Grange North Junction curve which remained single track.

The Grange Junction to Grange North Junction curve closed in 1963 and the signal box closed. (Some sources suggest 1966.)

Grange station closed in 1968.

The railway was reduced to a single track between Keith and Huntly in 1970.

The branch and triangle are now closed, but the main line remains open as a single track. A modern house is now on the station site. The westbound platform remains.

Tags

Station junction

External links

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

26/06/1846Great North of Scotland Railway
Act receives Royal assent.The route was to be Aberdeen to Inverness with Grange to Banff and Portsoy, Orton to Garmouth, Alves to Burghead [1st] branches.
10/10/1856Great North of Scotland Railway
Huntly to Keith opened. Stations at: Huntly, Rothiemay, Grange and Keith.
01/05/1886Banff, Portsoy and Strathisla Railway Moray Coast Railway (Great North of Scotland Railway)
Grange curve opened.
19/07/1887Banff, Portsoy and Strathisla Railway Moray Coast Railway (Great North of Scotland Railway)
Grange curve authorised retrospectively.
17/01/1898Banff, Portsoy and Strathisla Railway Moray Coast Railway (Great North of Scotland Railway)
Doubled Grange curve, north Grange to south Grange, opened.
07/03/1960Banff, Portsoy and Strathisla Railway
Grange to Grange North Junction closed to all traffic.

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