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.



Dates

26/06/1846[Great 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 Burghhead 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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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
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
Peppercorn class A1 no. 60163 'Tornado' at Aberdeen station on the evening of Thursday, 14th March 2019, prior to departure with the return 'The ...
David Bosher 14/03/2019
The 21:05 to Edinburgh Waverley, Class 170 416, at Aberdeen. ...
Alan Cormack 10/01/2017

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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Night time view south alongside Dyce signal box in 2007. ...
Ewan Crawford 28/01/2007
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
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
An evening at Dyce. ...
John Yellowlees 01/09/2016

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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Detail of the cupola styled ventilator over the west end of Inverure's station building. ...
Ewan Crawford 06/10/2018
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
Unwontedly (but not unwantedly) this Inverness to Aberdeen service was formed by an HST rather than an overcrowded 158. The conductor blamed late ...
David Panton 02/10/2019

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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An unusual view across the platforms at Insch station. A mixture of old and new. ...
Alan Cormack 23/06/2017
A quiet moment at Insch on 16 October 2012 in a view west under the footbridge and across the level crossing on the double track section to ...
John McIntyre 16/10/2012
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

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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The 0900 Inverness - Aberdeen service seen arriving at Huntly on 10 October 2018. ...
Andy Furnevel 10/10/2018
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
158 727 calls at Huntly in June 1999 with a service to Inverness. ...
David Panton /06/1999

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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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
The GNSR goods shed at Keith still stands. In the foreground is the Dufftown platform line, the buffer on this line being not far behind the camera. ...
David Prescott 30/01/2018
Keith station 2006. ...
John Furnevel /11/2006

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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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
Dawn at Elgin station on 18th March 2019.
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Crinan Dunbar 18/03/2019

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 opened to the north of the former Forres [2nd] station. Opening was in late 2017. The station is on a long loop.
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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
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
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

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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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 station's 19th century Highland waiting room is being restored with the help of a grant from the Railway Heritage Trust. Viewed from the ...
John Yellowlees 17/08/2018

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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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
158 719 arrives at Inverness with the 1209 ex Dyce bang on time at 1409. Every station on route showed it formed of 2 coaches but when it appeared 719 ...
Caleb Abbott 27/06/2018
Journey's end at Inverness for an LNER service from Kings Cross on 4th September 2019. The lead power-car was 43274 'Spirit of Sunderland'. It will ...
Crinan Dunbar 04/09/2019