Lossiemouth

Location type

Station

Name and dates

Lossiemouth (1852-1964)

Opened on the Morayshire Railway.

Description

This was a single platform station with a large goods yard. The yard was located to the east of the passenger station and extended to the quaysides of the inner harbour.

The station was the terminus of the line from Elgin East, five miles south, and being the oldest station in the area was worthy of preservation. Unfortunately the station building was demolished as it had become disused before the line closed. The platform remains.

The approach from the south parallels the older Spynie Canal for some distance. The canal is largely a drain, built around 1811, for the low lying flat land and Loch Spynie.

When built this line, the Morayshire Railway, existed in isolation. It connected Elgin to the sea at Lossiemouth. The harbour was expanded with the inner dock for the opening of the railway. The harbour was home to a fishing fleet and market and import/export for Elgin, one use being for the import of previously used sherry casks for the whisky industry (the Morayshire was extended south towards Speyside reaching further distilleries, particularly around Rothes, in 1858).

The offices and waiting room portion of the building was a single storey. There was an adjoining two storey hotel.

A signal box opened in 1896. This was on the east side of the line at the south end of the station.

The site is now a car park and parkland ('railway park'), but the long curved platform survives. A short portion of tramway remains embedded in the east side of the dock.

The station was rebuilt at least once, and land recovered from the sea to allow its expansion. More sidings, on a curve, were added to the east of the passenger platform (which was also altered).

The station closed to passengers in 1964. The goods yard, signal box and line closed in 1966.

The Moray Coast Trail passes through the station site. To the north and west it continues to Hopeman where it takes to the former branch trackbed. To the east is runs along the shoreline, after crossing the Lossie on a footbridge, to run to Garmouth where it takes to the old line and the Spey Viaduct to cross the River Spey. The sand beach at Seatown apparently was reinforced with training walls for the River Lossie made from old carriages around 1900.

Local

RAF Lossiemouth is to the west of Lossiemouth.

Tags

Station terminus

External links

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



Dates

16/07/1846Morayshire Railway
Act receives Royal assent. Authorised from Lossiemouth to Elgin [GNSR] and from Orton to Craigellachie.
10/08/1852Morayshire Railway
Line opens from Elgin [GNSR] to Lossiemouth.
  /  /1903Great North of Scotland Railway
Alford Valley Railway
Inverury and Old Meldrum Junction Railway
St Combs Light Railway (Great North of Scotland Railway)
Railcars used on the Alford, Lossiemouth, Old Meldrum and St Combs lines.
  /  /1903Morayshire Railway
Railcars used on Lossiemouth branch.
06/04/1964Morayshire Railway
Lossiemouth to Elgin East (Lossie Junction) closed to passengers.
28/03/1966Morayshire Railway
Elgin East to Lossie Junction to Lossiemouth closed to freight.

Books


The Travellers Joy: The Story of the Morayshire Railway