Location type


Names and dates

Fochabers [1st] (1858-1893)
Orbliston Junction (1893-1960)
Orbliston (1960-1964)

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

Station code: National Rail
Opened on the Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway.
Opened on the Fochabers Branch (Highland Railway).


This was a three platform station. The main station building, of two storeys, was on the eastbound platform and this remains as a house. The building is roughly ^H^ shaped in plan with a covered porch alongside the platform. When first opened it was the station for Fochabers (some 3 and a half miles away across the River Spey) and became the junction for the short branch for the town in 1893.

As built, this had a passing loop and a goods yard on the east side of the line, approached from the south.

When the Fochabers Branch (Highland Railway) opened in 1893 it connected to just to the north of the passing loop. A line from this ran to a bay platform on the east side of the station. This was equipped with a rounding loop. The eastbound platform was extended to the north in the process of adding the bay.

The branch split into two at the station, a connection to the main line at the north end of the station and the loop serving the bay. A ballast pit had a siding on the branch close to the junction.

Two boxes opened in 1893. The ^Orbliston Junction^ box was to the north opposite the branch connection. ^Orbliston East^ was at the south end on the east side alongside the goods yard turn out.

Although the branch closed to passengers in 1931 it took until 1960 for the station to be renamed from Orbliston Junction to Orbliston. The bay platform lines were lifted in the 1940s.

The station closed to passengers in 1964. The boxes and loop closed in 1966.

The main line platforms and main station building remain today.


Station junction

External links

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


14/09/1931Fochabers Branch (Highland Railway)
Fochabers Town to Orbliston Junction closed to passengers.
28/03/1966Fochabers Branch (Highland Railway)
Fochabers Town to Orbliston Junction closed to freight.


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