Aberdeen to Inverness

Introduction

This is a largely single track railway with double track portions. Parts of the line are being doubled to improve capacity.

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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.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This is a station with five public platforms. It opened as Aberdeen Joint - jointly owned by the Scottish North Eastern Railway to the south and the Great North of Scotland Railway to the north. It replaced terminal stations at Aberdeen Guild Street and Aberdeen Waterloo respectively. A poor horse-drawn street tramway link had existed between these, no substitute for a connecting ...

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Denburn Valley Line (Great North of Scotland Railway)
Aberdeen Joint (Caledonian Railway)
A letter received regarding archaeology works to do with HS2 in my area - although it^s happening in Buckinghamshire - not Aberdeenshire! ...
Alan Cormack 04/05/2018
Aberdeen with Class 5MT 45475 on the 1130am Aberdeen-Glasgow in 1960. ...
David Murray-Smith 16/07/1960
Armistice wreath-laying at Aberdeen Station; Des Byrne of the Great North of Scotland Railway Association paying tribute to the 93 fallen of the GNSR ...
John Yellowlees 11/11/2017
The 21:05 to Edinburgh Waverley, Class 170 416, at Aberdeen. ...
Alan Cormack 10/01/2017
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This is a two platform station with a car park in the village of Dyce on the east side of Aberdeen Airport.
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Great North of Scotland Railway
Formartine and Buchan Railway
Night time view south alongside Dyce signal box in 2007. ...
Ewan Crawford 28/01/2007
Edinburgh (right) and Inverness services pass at Dyce on 20 September 2018. The line from Aberdeen had been closed for months for redoubling, so I was ...
David Panton 20/09/2018
Having the world^s busiest heliport on its landward side means Dyce fairly thrums with the sound of helicopters going to and from North Sea platforms; ...
David Panton 20/09/2018
An evening at Dyce. ...
John Yellowlees 01/09/2016
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This is a two platform station with a large granite build single storey station building on the westbound platform. The station has a large car park. The station building has something of the appearance of distilleries to its design, with a ventilator (or is it a cupola?)! Internally the building has fine dark stained wood panelling. One room was the private waiting room of the Earl of Kintore ...

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Great North of Scotland Railway
Inverury and Old Meldrum Junction Railway
Detail of the cupola styled ventilator over the west end of Inverure^s station building. ...
Ewan Crawford 06/10/2018
On platform drinking fountain at Inverurie. ...
John Yellowlees 03/06/2019
My view from The Coco Works cafe of Inverurie station^s platforms. ...
John Yellowlees 04/10/2017
An Inverness service calls at Inverurie on 2 October 2019. As a soft southerner (from Edinburgh) I am never quite prepared for the Aberdeenshire ...
David Panton 02/10/2019
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This is a two platform station with a fine single storey stone building on the eastbound platform, dating from 1880. A modern has been added over the street entrance. There is a good example of a Great North of Scotland Railway waiting shelter on the westbound platform. The station is at Rothney, to the south of Insch. There is a fine footbridge between the platforms.
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Great North of Scotland Railway
In use telegraph poles near Insch station in June 2019. ...
John Yellowlees 02/06/2019
An unusual view across the platforms at Insch station. A mixture of old and new. ...
Alan Cormack 23/06/2017
Insch station, seen from the north, on 23rd June 2017. ...
Alan Cormack 23/06/2017
Rear of the signal box and the level crossing at Insch station. ...
Alan Cormack 23/06/2017
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This is a two platform station. There is a modern station building on the westbound platform. On the east side of the line is an extensive goods yard, served from the south. Latterly the yard dealt with timber traffic but in the past it saw potato traffic.
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Great North of Scotland Railway
Huntly signal box seen in 1997 before it was rebuilt and extended (see image 8903 for a post extension view). This was formerly the south cabin. ...
Ewan Crawford //1997
High on the wall at the Junction of the Square and Duke Street in Huntly is this lovely Blue enamelled British Railways sign, pointing towards the ...
Caleb Abbott 22/11/2018
The 0900 Inverness - Aberdeen service seen arriving at Huntly on 10 October 2018. ...
Andy Furnevel 10/10/2018
158 727 calls at Huntly in June 1999 with a service to Inverness. ...
David Panton /06/1999
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This is a one platform station, with a second out of use platform on the former route to Dufftown. There is a passing loop to the east of the station, inconvenient when trains are running late.
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Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway
Buckie and Portessie Branch (Highland Railway)
Great North of Scotland Railway
Keith and Dufftown Railway
43134 arriving at Keith (formerly Keith Junction) with a Huntly to Inverness service, on 16th June 2019. We were expecting another 158 unit so this ...
David Bosher 26/06/2019
An Inverness to Aberdeen service calls at Keith on 26 September 2017. Keith
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David Panton 26/09/2017
Looking east over Keith goods yard in 1990. The wagons would be used for loads from the Chivas Regal facility, which can be seen in the background.
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Bill Roberton //1990
Keith station 2006. ...
John Furnevel /11/2006
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This is a two platform station with the modern station building on the eastbound platform and a car park on the north side. A third platform, a bay, is planned for the west end of the station for services terminating from Inverness.
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Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway
A token exchange at Elgin. ...
Ewan Crawford Collection 04/07/2016
Class 37 37260 Radio Highland approaches Elgin West bos with an afternoon train on the most 8th day of the 8th month, 1988. ...
Crinan Dunbar 08/08/1988
Progress showing the extension of the loop west. The Wards has very bright light so it is easy to make out what is going on. ...
Crinan Dunbar 10/10/2017
A notice of closures associated with the works at Elgin. ...
Crinan Dunbar 08/10/2017
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This is a modern two platform station, a footbridge with lifts, a station building on the westbound platform and a car park to the south. It is the third Forres station (fourth if we include a temporary station, Dalvey [1st]). Opening was in late 2017, the new station being to the north of Forres [2nd]. The station is on a long loop.
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Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway
The new Forres station, looking towards Inverness. The station is very spacious, laid out with a large car park and room for expansion. The previous ...
Ewan Crawford 05/10/2018
Forres open days: a noticeboard showing the visiting hours for the site office for the Aberdeen to Inverness Improvement Project which includes the ...
John Yellowlees 01/09/2016
The new station site is progressing well, platforms are nearly complete, the footbridge is being erected and track laid. This view looks east, with ...
Alan Cormack 07/07/2017
A panoramic view of the new station at Forres, looking south, from the road bridge to the west. The old station has been obliterated. ...
Crinan Dunbar 19/11/2017
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This is a two platform station in the south of Nairn. The station buildings on both platforms are similar to those at Pitlochry. The main building, a single storey, is on the eastbound (Aberdeen) platform, on the town side of the station. Thought to be designed by William Roberts and Murdoch Paterson it dates from 1885 and is ^B^ listed. The platforms are linked by a lattice ...

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Inverness and Nairn Railway
Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway
The westbound platform waiting room at Nairn is now a Men^s Shed. ...
John Yellowlees 03/12/2018
The elegant main station building at Nairn in November 2005, looking east towards Forres. ...
John Furnevel 02/11/2005
The restored westbound platform building at Nairn is a ^Man^s Shed^. Men^s Shed Association ...
John Yellowlees 03/12/2018
Nairn East ^box in 1977. ...
Bill Roberton //1977
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This is a seven platform terminus for services to and from locations to the south such as Glasgow Queen Street High Level, Edinburgh Waverley and London, and locations north and west such as Kyle of Lochalsh, Thurso and Wick.
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Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
Inverness and Nairn Railway
Inverness 1 May 2017. ...
John Yellowlees 01/05/2017
Emblem of the Highland Railway Company at Inverness station. ...
Crinan Dunbar 21/08/2018
A barrel train on the platform at Inverness station with two much larger friends on either side. ...
John Yellowlees 18/08/2017
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