Maud

Location type

Station

Names and dates

Brucklay [1st] (1861-1865)
New Maud Junction (1865-1866)
Maud Junction (1866-1925)
Maud (1925-1965)

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

Opened on the Formartine and Buchan Railway.

Description

This was a four platform station. There were two platforms on the line east to Peterhead and two platforms on the line north to Fraserburgh. The signal box, a substantial building with a granite lower level, was at the south end of the Peterhead southbound platform. The main station building, a single storey granite building, remains in the 'V' of the junction.

There was a goods yard on the west side of the station, approached from the south. A turntable pit remains in this area.

The northbound platform on the Fraserburgh route was somewhat small and was not usually used, the western face of the 'V' platform being used usually.

Station buildings survive on the central platform, serving the southbound Fraserburgh route and eastbound Peterhead route.

Trains were combined and separated to the south of the station. Often running north from Aberdeen as a combined train they were split here.

South of the station and on the west side were dead end sidings approached from the junction. There were two signal boxes. The south box was on the west side of the junction. The north box was at the north end of the Fraserburgh southbound platform.

These boxes closed in 1935, replaced by a single box, 'Maud Junction', which was at the south end of the Peterhead southbound platform.

There was a large water tank to the south of the signal box, also on the east side

To the south the line ran to Dyce and Aberdeen.

The Peterhead platforms opened first, that route being originally the main line. From 1861 to 1865 the station was Brucklay [1st] named for Brucklay Castle to the north west. A new Brucklay [2nd] opened on the Fraserburgh route. Initially there was no loop on the Peterhead route, what later became the eastbound platform was the only one. There was a short bay at the south end.

The station closed to passengers in 1965. The signal box survived most on the line, closing in 1969. The Peterhead route closed in 1970. The station was reduced to the Fraserburgh - Dyce line, a loop south of the former junction and two sidings of the goods yard, one serving the loading bank.

In the 1970s coated pipes, from MK Shand [Invergordon] were carried by rail to the station for use in the North Sea for long distance oil pipelines.

The line closed altogether in 1979 (and the pipe traffic was relocated to Inverurie).

Part of the station is now a museum complete with a convicts coach, the Peterhead Prison Railway Convict Van. Friends of Maud

Maud itself was very small when the station opened.

Local

Maud has a railway museum: Friends of Maud .

National Cycle Route 1 meets the Formartine and Buchan Way at the station.

Tags

Station junction museum footpath

External links

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