Location type


Name and dates

Wardhouse (1854-1961)

Opened on the Great North of Scotland Railway.


This was a two platform station. A stone station building still stands on the former eastbound platform. There was a small timber building on the westbound platform. There was a level crossing at the east end of the station. There were no goods facilities.

The original platform was the later eastbound platform, the second track and platform added in 1889. A railwayman's cottage to the north dates from the early period.

The station was built for 'Mr Gordon' (Pedro Carlos Gordon 7th Laird of Wardhouse and Kildrummy) of Wardhouse [House], a Palladian mansion by John Adam. Now a ruin, this was located to the north. Wardhouse Drive Bridge, over the line to the south of the house, was built to please the landowner and is listed 'C'.

The line from Insch to Huntly was doubled in 1896. A gate box opened. The was on the north side of the line and on the west side of the level crossing. It became a full box in 1898 (completion of the double track to Keith and an increase in traffic).

The box then became a gate box again in 1915, full box in 1920 and gate box yet again in 1931.

The station closed in 1961 and the box closed.

The line remains open as a double track line.



External links

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

Nearby stations
Wardhouse Drive Bridge
Kennethmont Summit
Leith Hall East Drive Bridge
Howets of Kennethmont Bridge
Mungo Timber Siding
Wardhouse [House]
Ardmore Distillery
Picardy Symbol Stone
Hill of Dunnideer
Leith Hall
Gartly Castle
St Mary^s Kirk Auchindoir
Huntly Castle
Maiden Stone
Grampian Transport Museum
Location names in dark blue are on the same original line.

Sir James Alexander Gordon


Childhood at Wardhouse. Thought to be the inspiration for C S Forester's Horatio Hornblower. Became Admiral of the Fleet in 1854. On his death described as 'The Last of Nelson's Captains'.

Involved in:

1794 Battle of the Glorious First of June
1797 Battle of Cape St Vincent
1798 Battle of the Nile
1814 War of 1812 (which was still in progress)
1815 Battle of New Orleans

He lived at Wardhouse (then called Gordonhall) until 1840.

The Spanish Gordons

The Gordons of Wardhouse are associated with Spain and their sherry business from the late 1700s, dividing time between Spain and Wardhouse. Juan Jose Gordon even had a bull ring behind Wardhouse.

The family, González-Gordon, is still associated with González Byass . Used barrels find their to Scotland for re-use at distilleries, such as Dalmore Distillery.

Chronology Dates

01/12/1854Great North of Scotland Railway
Kinaldie, Buchanstone and Wardhouse opened.


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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
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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