Aberdeen Railway

Introduction

This line ran from Aberdeen to near Forfar [2nd] with branches to Brechin and Montrose. The line is intact from near Montrose to Aberdeen (forming a major part of both the West Coast Main Line and East Coast Main Line routes). It carries both passengers and freight. A branch from Bridge of Dun to Brechin remains as a preserved railway. A station at Laurencekirk has been re-opened.

The company merged with the Scottish Midland Junction Railway to form the Scottish North Eastern Railway.

Why built

This completed the West Coast Main Line route north to Aberdeen, an important port, serving a number of towns.

Service

From Montrose to Aberdeen the line carries both local trains and long distance services of the East Coast and West Coast mainlines.



Dates

  /  /1845Aberdeen Railway
Act receives Royal assent. The line with run from Guthrie and Friockheim north largely by the coast to Aberdeen with branches to Brechin and Montrose.
  /  /1846Arbroath and Forfar Railway Aberdeen Railway
Act passed to allow the Arbroath and Forfar Railway to be leased by the Aberdeen Railway.
  /  /1847Aberdeen Railway Great North of Scotland Railway
Fusion Act made available to merge the Aberdeen Railway with the Great North of Scotland Railway. This Act was not used.
  /  /1847Aberdeen Railway
Friockheim Viaduct built, 189m in length. (Date often given as 1840, which is very unlikely.)
  /  /1847Aberdeen Railway
Aberdeen Railway authorised to buy land at 'The Inches' for the Aberdeen [Guild Street] station approach and station. Considerable infill on the west bank of the River Dee was required for both the approach and station site (and the docks developed to the east).
  /  /1848Arbroath and Forfar Railway Aberdeen Railway
Arbroath and Forfar Railway leased by the Aberdeen Railway.
01/02/1848Aberdeen Railway
Guthrie Junction and Friockheim Junction, merging at Glasterlaw Junction to termini at Brechin and Montrose [CR], dividing at Bridge of Dun, opened. Stations opened at Guthrie, Glasterlaw, Farnell Road, Bridge of Dun, Brechin, Montrose [CR].
01/11/1849Aberdeen Railway
Line extended from Dubton Junction to Limpet Mill (a temporary terminus north of Stonehaven). Stations at Marykirk, Laurencekirk, Drumlithie, Stonehaven and Limpet Mill.
  /  /1850Aberdeen Railway
Dubton station opened at Dubton Junction.
  /  /1850Aberdeen Railway Great North of Scotland Railway
Amalgamation Act repealed.
  /  /1850Aberdeen Railway
Aberdeen (Guild Street) authorised to be built on the south side of Guild Street.
  /  /1850Aberdeen Railway
Friockheim Junction (excluded) to Glasterlaw Junction (excluded) closed. Friockheim Viaduct out of use. Guthrie used as exchange.
01/02/1850Aberdeen Railway
Line extended north from Limpet Mill to Portlethen. Limpet Mill, a short lived terminus, closed. Muchalls and Portlethen opened.
01/04/1850Aberdeen Railway
Aberdeen Ferryhill opened, with the extension of the line north from Portlethen. New stations at Cove and Aberdeen Ferryhill.
  /  /1851Aberdeen Railway
Craigo and Newtonhill opened.
  /  /1853Aberdeen Railway
The Aberdeen Railway is granted an extension of time to the Act to complete the line for the difficult section of line between Aberdeen [Ferryhill] and Aberdeen [Guild Street].
22/09/1853Aberdeen Railway
A portion of The Inches purchased by the Aberdeen Railway (originally approved 1847).
02/08/1854Aberdeen Railway
Extension of the line to the new Aberdeen Guild Street terminus from the temporary terminus Aberdeen Ferryhill, which closed.
03/08/1854Aberdeen Railway Deeside Railway
The Deeside Railway is granted running powers over the Aberdeen Railway between the Aberdeen (Guild Street) terminus and Ferryhill Junction. The payment required was established in 1855.
  /  /1856Aberdeen RailwayScottish Midland Junction RailwayScottish North Eastern Railway
The Aberdeen Railway merged with Scottish Midland Junction Railway to become Scottish North Eastern Railway.
  /  /1856Aberdeen Railway
Fordoun and New Mill Offset opened.
01/04/1856Great North of Scotland Railway
Kittybrewster [1st] to Aberdeen Waterloo opened completely (with horse tramway to the Aberdeen Railway's terminus at Aberdeen (Guild Street). Kittybrewster [1st] and Aberdeen Waterloo stations opened. Original Aberdeen Kittybrewster terminus closed.
  /  /1862Aberdeen Railway
Approval to lift road up onto bridge over line at Bridge of Dun.
01/04/1863Aberdeen Railway
Friockheim Junction to Glasterlaw Junction re-opened. Friockheim Viaduct brought back into use.
  /  /1864Aberdeen Railway
Authorisation to close Aberdeen Guild Street to passengers when replaced by Aberdeen Joint, except for Deeside Railway traffic.
  /10/1866Aberdeen Railway
New Mill Offset renamed Newmill Siding.
01/11/1867Aberdeen Railway
Friockheim Junction (excluded) to Glasterlaw Junction (excluded) closed again. Friockheim Viaduct out of use.
04/11/1867Aberdeen Railway
Aberdeen Guild Street closed replaced by Aberdeen Joint.
  /11/1869Aberdeen Railway Montrose and Bervie Railway
Broomfield closed. Remained in timetables until 1877.
23/03/1872Aberdeen Railway
Boiler explosion at Dubton.
  /  /1878Aberdeen Railway
Authorisation to buy land to enlarge Bridge of Dun station.
16/07/1878Aberdeen Railway
Friockheim Junction to Glasterlaw Junction re-opened. Friockheim Viaduct brought back into use.
  /  /1886Aberdeen Railway
Agreement allows the North British Railway to use Broomfield Siding and Broomfield Junction on the Montrose [CR] branch, crossed by Montrose to Bervie trains following the NBR's take over.
  /  /1899Aberdeen Joint (Caledonian Railway) Aberdeen Railway
Authorisation to rebuild and enlarge Aberdeen Joint station and considerably widen the lines, (from two tracks to five to six), south from Denburn Junction to Ferryhill Junction.
  /  /1907Aberdeen Railway
Caledonian Railway authorised to purchase land for a new marshalling yard, Craiginches Yard.
01/02/1908Aberdeen Railway
Friockheim Junction (excluded) to Glasterlaw Junction (excluded) closed again.
13/12/1910Aberdeen Railway
Alterations to Aberdeen Guild Street goods authorised.
13/12/1910Aberdeen Railway
Authorisation for further sidings at Craiginches Yard.
01/10/1912Aberdeen Railway
Cove renamed Cove Bay.
  /  /1914Aberdeen Railway
Friockheim Viaduct out of use. Line lifted in 1917 for war effort and Friockheim Junction box closed.
  /  /1921Aberdeen Railway Aberdeen Harbour Trustees Tramway
Caledonian Railway authorised to build line from Aberdeen Guild Street goods to Aberdeen Corporation Electricity Works.
30/04/1943Aberdeen Railway
Montrose [CR] to Broomfield Junction closed to passengers.
04/12/1950Aberdeen Railway
Muchalls closed.
04/08/1952Aberdeen Railway
Brechin to Bridge of Dun (excluded) closed to passengers.
04/08/1952Aberdeen Railway
Montrose [CR] to Broomfield Junction to Dubton Junction closed to passengers. Dubton station closed.
11/06/1956Aberdeen Railway
Carmont, Cove Bay, Newtonhill and Portlethen closed.
  /  /1962Aberdeen Joint (Caledonian Railway) Aberdeen Railway Arbroath and Forfar Railway Scottish Midland Junction Railway Scottish Central Railway Caledonian Railway Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway Buchanan Street Extension (Caledonian Railway)
A4 Pacifics introduced on the Aberdeen to Glasgow Buchanan Street 3 hour Grampian run.
20/06/1963Aberdeen Railway
Broomfield Junction (excluded) to Dubton Junction (excluded) closed to freight
03/09/1966Aberdeen Joint (Caledonian Railway) Aberdeen Railway Arbroath and Forfar Railway Scottish Midland Junction Railway Scottish Central Railway Caledonian Railway Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway Buchanan Street Extension (Caledonian Railway)
A4 Pacifics from Aberdeen to Glasgow Buchanan Street withdrawn.
19/06/1967Aberdeen Railway
Montrose [CR] (also known as Montrose East) to Broomfield Junction closed to freight.
04/09/1967Aberdeen RailwayArbroath and Forfar Railway
Forfar North Junction (excluded) to Bridge of Dun (excluded) closed to all traffic.
04/09/1967Scottish Midland Junction Railway
Arbroath and Forfar Railway
Newtyle and Coupar Angus Railway
Newtyle, Eassie and Glammiss Railway
Aberdeen Railway
Stanley Junction to Kinnaber Junction closed to passengers. Coupar Angus, Alyth Junction, Forfar and Bridge of Dun stations closed.
  /  /1979Aberdeen Railway
Brechin Preservation Society formed.
04/05/1981Aberdeen Railway
Brechin to Kinnaber Junction (excluded) closed.
21/06/1981Aberdeen Railway
New Aberdeen Signalling Centre opened
17/05/1985Aberdeen Railway
Portlethen re-opened
17/05/2009Aberdeen Railway
Laurencekirk station scheduled to re-open. This was the 65th Modern Era re-opening in Scotland.

Route described

The line ran from a triangular junction midway between Forfar [2nd] and Arbroath north to Aberdeen by a largely coastal route with branches to Brechin and Montrose. From near Montrose to Aberdeen the line remains open as part of the East Coast Main Line and a portion from Bridge of Dun to Brechin is in preservation as the Caledonian Railway (Preserved).

This line runs through agricultural hinterland. The line had branches to the market town of Brechin, port of Montrose and terminated at the port and former garrison of Aberdeen.


Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Guthrie to Aberdeen

This was the double track mainline of the Aberdeen Railway. Opened partly in 1848 and in stages until completely opened in 1854. The southern portion, now closed, was part of the Strathmore Route. North of the former Kinnaber Junction it remains open. A short portion at Bridge of Dun is in preservation.

Although the site of Guthrie station, just to the west of the junction, has been largely landscaped (except for some buildings), the junction remains recognisable.
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Arbroath and Forfar Railway
The Forfar - Arbroath goods photographed passing through Guthrie Junction behind a CR 0-4-4T on 6 April 1958. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/04/1958
Looking east at Guthrie Junction. The route to Arbroath was to the left and the Aberdeen Railway was to the right. ...
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44934 piloting 73008 past Guthrie Junction on up Granite City. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 18/07/1953
Up Special passing Guthrie Junction on a windy day. 5P 4.6.0 45497. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 15/08/1953
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This was where the routes from Forfar [2nd] and Arbroath merged to run north to Aberdeen. The line from Forfar was the principal route, the Strathmore line.
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Black 5 4-6-0 45155 passing the site of Glasterlaw Junction with an Aberdeen - Buchanan Street express in the spring of 1953. View north along the ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/04/1953
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This station was immediately north of Glasterlaw Junction on the main line north from Perth via Forfar [2nd] to Aberdeen, the Strathmore line.
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This station is closed and the main building is now a private house. The stone road under-bridge to the east of the site has been removed (it was Tudor styled).
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This is a station on the Caledonian Railway (Preserved line) which runs from Bridge of Dun to Brechin. The station was formerly on the Strathmore main line between Perth and Aberdeen via Forfar.
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Works plate of the Caledonian Railway's D5314, built by BRC&W in 1959 and still going strong.
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Austerity 0-6-0ST No.6 departs from Bridge of Dun, heading back to Brechin on 09 August 1992. The Class 08 on the left is D3059 'Brechin City' ...
John McIntyre 09/08/1992
Thomas the Tank Engine No.1 about to depart Bridge of Dun to Brechin Station during a Thomas Special day ...
Colin Harkins 23/07/2016
Thomas the Tank Engine No.1 enroute from Bridge of Dun to Brechin Station during a Thomas Special day ...
Colin Harkins 23/07/2016
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This station was the junction between the main line of the Aberdeen Railway and its branch to Montrose [CR].
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Black 5 4-6-0 no 44996 passing through Dubton Junction with a down excursion train on Sunday 19 July 1953. Running off to the left is the line to ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 19/07/1953
Scene at Dubton Junction on Saturday 1 August 1953, with Perth based Black 5 4-6-0 no 44796 approaching at speed with a relief working from Aberdeen ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 01/08/1953
Perth based Black 5 4-6-0 no 44797 passing Dubton Junction on the first day of August 1953 with a down holiday special from Kilmarnock.
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G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 01/08/1953
View west to Forfar at Dubton in 1996. Behind the camera the routes to Montrose and Aberdeen diverged. ...
Ewan Crawford //1996
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This is the famous location where the East Coast Main Line and West Coast Main Line routes met until the late 1960s.
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North British, Arbroath and Montrose Railway
A relief to the up 'Postal' runs south through Kinnaber Junction on 6 April 1953. Locomotive in charge is Perth based Black 5 4-6-0 no 44924. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/04/1953
The down 'Granite City' approaching Kinnaber Junction in the summer of 1953 behind Black 5 4-6-0 no 44796. Montrose Water Works is on the left. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 01/08/1953
One of Ferryhill shed's A2 Pacifics, no 60531 Bahram, on an 'up' express, has cleared Kinnaber Junction on Saturday 1st August 1953. The ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 01/08/1953
Kinnaber Junction signal box, as seen from the Buchan Belle railtour on 1st June 1974.
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Bill Roberton 01/06/1974
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This was a two platform station. Nothing remains of the station except the signal box, a disused loading bank and a siding (at the north end east side of the line accessed from the south). The siding formerly served a goods shed.
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Craigo box, with the line to Aberdeen running off to the right. ...
Ewan Crawford //1989
Northbound ECML service passing the up starter at Craigo on 27 February ...
Bill Roberton 27/02/2008
60009 (running as Osprey) passes Craigo signal box with the 'North Briton' to Aberdeen on a murky 9 March 1991. The signalbox was re-activated in 2019 ...
Bill Roberton 09/03/1991
The signal box at Craigo in October 1998 looking north. ...
David Panton /10/1998
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This is a 13 span double track viaduct 315 yds long overall crossing the River North Esk, 58 ft over the river.
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A1 No.60163 Tornado is ten minutes late as it races north across Marykirk Viaduct with The Aberdonian. ...
John Gray 16/09/2019
Rebuilt Scot no 46115 Scots Guardsman races across Marykirk Viaduct on 17 April with The Great Britain IV on its way to Inverness ...
John Gray 17/04/2011
The sun starts to lift the har as 70013 heads north over Marykirk viaduct with The Great Britain 3. ...
John Robin 11/04/2010
Southbound 125 crossing the North Esk Viaduct west of Marykirk. ...
Ewan Crawford 27/01/2007
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This was a two platform station. It was not convenient for the village of Marykirk, being some distance to the north.
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This is a two platform station. The original station building remains on the down (northbound) platform. There was a larger building on the southbound platform, also with canopy, but this has not survived.
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The 1530hrs Edinburgh to Aberdeen service in the down platform at Laurencekirk on 25th August 2018.
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David Prescott 25/08/2018
The details of the Heritage Mosaic at Laurencekirk. ...
John Yellowlees 18/08/2017
Official opening of Laurencekirk station on 18th May 2009. ...
Duncan Ross 18/05/2009
The Laurencekirk Heritage Mosaic on the southbound platform, seen from the northbound platform. ...
John Yellowlees 18/08/2017
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This was a two platform station. The main station building was on the southbound platform. This, and the goods shed, were built in stone. Neither has survived. A building by the former northbound platform still exists, in use as a house, another station building.
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The 12.07 First Scotrail Class 170 Aberdeen - Edinburgh approaches Fordoun on 20 October 2012. Photographed from the road bridge alongside the station ...
John McIntyre 20/10/2012
The morning HST service from Leeds to Aberdeen passes the former station at Fordoun (closed 1956) between Laurencekirk and Stonehaven on 20 October ...
John McIntyre 20/10/2012
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This is a double track viaduct south of Drumlithie (and north of Fordoun which is further south).
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This was a two platform station with the main building on the southbound platform.
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The second of the two photographs taken at Drumlithie station in the mid 19th century and supplied by Gordon Will. His relative Robert Morrison was a ...
Gordon Will Collection //1854
An old and much faded photograph taken during the early years at Drumlithie station, Aberdeenshire, located on the main line 7 miles south of ...
Gordon Will Collection //1854
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This was a two platform station with minimal passenger facilities. It was largely a small goods station.
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60163 'Tornado' passing Carmont on 8th August 2019. ...
Duncan Ross 08/08/2019
A northbound HST passes Carmont signal box. ...
Duncan Ross 08/08/2019
The bright lights of Carmont. ...
Ewan Crawford //2005
60009 Union of South Africa runs north through Carmont on 1 May 2014 bound for Aberdeen with the Great Britain VII. ...
John Gray 01/05/2014
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This signal box was between Stonehaven and Carmont. The box was on the north side of the line. The box was quite some way west of Dunnottar at Auquhirie, about three miles west of Dunnottar House by road.
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This is a ten section double track girder viaduct. It crossed the Carron Water and now crosses the A92. It is west of Stonehaven station. ...

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A bit more light would have been nice at 07:14. A rake of 5 new carriages crosses the Fettersso Viaduct just south of Stonehaven station (seen distant ...
Duncan Ross 14/10/2019
GNER and Scotrail passing on the viaduct over the A90 in October 2004. ...
Duncan Ross 08/10/2004
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This is a two platform station. When built, this station was quite far outside Stonehaven but the town has expanded to include it. The station is on high ground above the harbour.
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An Inverurie service approaches Stonehaven on 18th September 2018 past lovely semaphores. ...
David Panton 20/09/2018
'New Era' cut-down HST sets come into service on Scotrail next year. The driver training set makes a dummy stop at Stonehaven, heading north, on 26 ...
David Panton 26/09/2017
Stonehaven signalbox, photographed in 1990.
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Bill Roberton //1990
Crew training run for a Scotrail HST at Stonehaven heading to Aberdeen on 6th October 2017. It was a shame I couldn't get on and I'm looking forward ...
Alan Cormack 06/10/2017
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This was a 14 span double track viaduct and is now a 10 span girder viaduct. It crosses Glen Ury and the Cowrie Water.
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A drone can be very useful! Leeds-Aberdeen HST nears the end of its journey as it crosses the Glenury Viaduct just north of Stonehaven Station.The ...
John Gray 11/09/2018
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This four span double track viaduct is north of Glenury Viaduct and Stonehaven and south of Limpet Mill and Muchalls.
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This was a short lived station, a temporary terminus from November 1849 to February 1850. It was a short lived station while the culvert at Limpet Cornmill and the rest of the line north to Portlethen was built. ...

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This is a four span double track viaduct south of the former Muchalls station. ...

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After waiting at Muchall's Mill for about 3/4 hour I was getting worried as 'Tornado' was well past its 13:23 Stonehaven passing. I was busy checking ...
Duncan Ross 31/08/2019
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This was a two platform station. The main station building was on the northbound platform.
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The last 0952hrs Aberdeen to Kings Cross HST of 2018 is only 14 minutes into its journey as it crosses Muchalls Viaduct on a sunny New Year's Eve. It ...
G W Robin 31/12/2018
Black 5 No 45407 ascends the gradient past Muchalls with the Great Britain VI on the way to Aberdeen on 24 April. In the background is the ...
John Gray 24/04/2013
The peace memorial alongside the former station at Muchalls, north of Stonehaven, in April 2011. The memorial, on a mound behind the site of the up ...
Brian Taylor 17/04/2011
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This is a four span double track viaduct north of the former Muchalls station.
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So there I am, waiting patiently in a good location, which is at Pheppie Burn (Muchalls) viaduct, to get a photo of the COLAS China Clay train with a ...
Duncan Ross 02/10/2019
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This was a two platform station. A signal box on the west side of the line remained until April 2019. The site is now controlled from Aberdeen.
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The 'Great Britain XII' has the appearance of a ghost train as it runs through an east coast Haar at Newtonhill on its way to Aberdeen hauled by A4 ...
John Gray 01/05/2019
Newtonhill signal box (and a rather no-nonsense building) seen in May 1960. ...
David Murray-Smith /05/1960
The somewhat spartan Newtonhill station seen in May 1960. ...
David Murray-Smith /05/1960
The 09.52 LNER service from Aberdeen to Kings Cross passes through the site of Newtonhill Station, closed in 1956. The signalbox closed on 28 April ...
Bill Roberton 25/03/2019
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This is a five span double track viaduct. It is not far north of the former Newtonhill station.
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This is a two platform station. The station is a modern re-opening on the site of the original station, slightly to its south.
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Colas 70817 passes Portlethen with the Oxwellmains to Aberdeen Craiginches cement train on 10th February 2020.
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Bill Roberton 10/02/2020
158 703 with a southbound service at Portlethen in May 1999. ...
David Panton /05/1999
47518 heading north through Portlethen station in 1989. ...
Ewan Crawford //1989
Taken from the 21:00 Edinburgh to Aberdeen at Portlethen on 18th November 2018. Lots of workers, but I presume they were not tending the flower beds ...
Alan Cormack 18/11/2018
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This works was south of Cove Bay station and was rail served. ...

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This was a two platform station. The main station building was on the southbound platform, the village side of the station. The buildings were replaced with new larger buildings on both platforms. These were of Caledonian Railway turn of the century design.
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View through Cove Bay station on 4 April 1961 with a breakdown train approaching on its way north. The locomotive in charge is Perth based Black 5 ...
David Murray-Smith 14/04/1961
Main line south of Cove Bay in 1961 showing abandoned cutting on right. The site is the disused Black Hill Quarries. [Ref query 29 September 2018] ...
David Murray-Smith //1961
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This is an important freight yard south of Aberdeen.
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66412 in Malcolm livery in Craiginches Yard, Aberdeen, on 25 September 2009, having arrived with a container service from Mossend. At the time, 66412 ...
John McIntyre 25/09/2009
60002 today at Craiginches Sidings, shunting cement wagons with lots of squealing of flanges, with company of a PW crew and plant. ...
Alan Cormack 12/04/2017
Craiginches Siding, looking south. I have never seen this container gantry crane move, it's electrically powered but the cable has been removed from ...
Alan Cormack 12/04/2017
This is Craiginches cement sidings in an industrial area of Aberdeen. Colas Rail 60076 Dunbar, which was named here in March 2016 by the then Scottish ...
Charlie Niven 20/06/2016
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This is a double track arched and girder viaduct. The overall length is 283 yards and it is 50 ft high. The central portion consists of six girder sections over the River Dee and roadways, and with five arches at the north end. It is also known as the Ferryhill Viaduct.
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This is the bridge over the River Dee looking south, it has getting refurbished for the last few months. Taken from the Duthie Park, behind the ...
Alan Cormack 16/03/2017
Crossing the Dee Viaduct on the approach to Aberdeen in June 1974. ...
John McIntyre 08/06/1974
A class 40 heads south from Aberdeen over the Dee Viaduct on 25 May 1975 ...
John McIntyre 25/05/1975
Class V2 60955 crossing Dee viaduct on 17.25 Aberdeen-Glasgow train. 1960 ...
David Murray-Smith 29/05/1960
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This was the junction between the Deeside Railway and the Aberdeen Railway. The junction was just north of Ferryhill Shed [1st] and the Dee Viaduct and south of Ferryhill (Aberdeen) (which survived until 1854 to be replaced by Aberdeen Guild Street), later replaced by Aberdeen Joint. The junction gave access to the branch from Aberdeen Joint.
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Deeside Railway
Sleeper services didn’t have a good day on 29th October 2019. I was walking into Aberdeen on South College Street and wondered why GBRf 66704 was ...
Duncan Ross 29/10/2019
A Class 08 shunter stands next to Ferryhill SB (just in view on the extreme left) before heading to Guild St yard in April 1977. ...
John McIntyre /04/1977
27023 is seen moving between Ferryhill SB (to the right) and Ferryhill MPD (to the left) in 1974. ...
John McIntyre //1974
An unidentified Class 26 heads south at Ferryhill Jct with a parcels train in the evening of 07 May 1975 ...
John McIntyre 07/05/1975
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The original Ferryhill Shed was in the 'V' of the junction between the Aberdeen Railway and the Deeside Railway with approach from the north.
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This was a short lived terminus in Aberdeen, south of the later Aberdeen Guild Street, which replaced it in 1854, and north of Ferryhill Junction. Nothing remains of this former terminus.
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The Aberdonian's operating team file past 'Tornado' en route to coaling, watering and turning at Ferryhill on 7th September 2019. Their Support ...
David Spaven 07/09/2019
Coaling 'Tornado' beside the Ferryhill turntable on 7th September 2019.
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David Spaven 07/09/2019
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This junction was south of Aberdeen Guild Street. From this junction the Denburn Valley Line ran through Aberdeen Joint (today's Aberdeen station) leaving the original Aberdeen Guild Street terminus on a short branch.
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Aberdeen Joint (Caledonian Railway)
The 1.10pm to Glasgow Buchanan Street leaving Aberdeen on 19 April 1954. Locomotive in charge is Perth based Jubilee 4-6-0 no 45673 Keppel. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 19/04/1954
Gresley V2 2-6-2 no 60824 about to pass Aberdeen South box on 19 April 1954 with a relief working from Glasgow Buchanan Street. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 19/04/1954
The interior of Aberdeen South Signal Box illuminated by the rapidly sinking winter sun. Taken during a visit by the AURS to the then 3 remaining ...
Charlie Niven /02/1980
Perth based Black 5 4-6-0 no 45465 leaving Aberdeen on 19 April 1954 with a relief to the up 'Postal'. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 19/04/1954
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This was the terminus of the Aberdeen Railway. A short lived terminus Aberdeen Ferryhill existed near Ferryhill Junction to the south before the last portion of the line opened.
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D200 at Aberdeen Guild Street Goods in 1985. ...
Crinan Dunbar //1985
D200 and class 47s in Guild Street Goods on the curve formerly giving access to the harbour in 1985. ...
Crinan Dunbar //1985
Two BRCW Class 27s, and a Brush 47, in the stabling area next to Aberdeen station in May 1987. The last of these Type 2s were withdrawn during August ...
Crinan Dunbar /05/1987
Loaded pipes ready for shipment, Guild Street yard, Aberdeen, June 2007. ...
Mick Golightly /06/2007
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Friockheim Fork

This double track curve allowed running from Dundee East to Aberdeen. The fork had a chequered history, opening and re-opening a number of times. Opened 1848 and closed 1857. Re-opened 1863 and closed 1867. Re-opened for a final time between 1878 and 1908.

This junction had a very chequered history - opening and re-closing several times.
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Arbroath and Forfar Railway
Looking south at Friockheim Junction. The Aberdeen Railway came in from the left and the former route to Forfar is to the right. ...
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This fine eight arch double track masonry viaduct crossed the B965 'Station Road', Vinney Water and Lunan Water. It was on the Friockheim Junction to Glasterlaw Junction ('Friockheim Fork') curve which opened and closed on a number of occasions.
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The former Friockheim Viaduct seen looking north from Station Road on 6 April 1958. Built by the Aberdeen Railway in 1848 the structure formed part of ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/04/1958
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This was where the routes from Forfar [2nd] and Arbroath merged to run north to Aberdeen. The line from Forfar was the principal route, the Strathmore line.
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Black 5 4-6-0 45155 passing the site of Glasterlaw Junction with an Aberdeen - Buchanan Street express in the spring of 1953. View north along the ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/04/1953
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Brechin Branch

This single track branch, opened 1848 and closed 1981, ran from Bridge of Dun to Brechin. It is now preserved as the 'Caledonian Railway' - the line unfortunately not connected the railway network.

This is a station on the Caledonian Railway (Preserved line) which runs from Bridge of Dun to Brechin. The station was formerly on the Strathmore main line between Perth and Aberdeen via Forfar.
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Works plate of the Caledonian Railway's D5314, built by BRC&W in 1959 and still going strong.
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Austerity 0-6-0ST No.6 departs from Bridge of Dun, heading back to Brechin on 09 August 1992. The Class 08 on the left is D3059 'Brechin City' ...
John McIntyre 09/08/1992
Thomas the Tank Engine No.1 about to depart Bridge of Dun to Brechin Station during a Thomas Special day ...
Colin Harkins 23/07/2016
Thomas the Tank Engine No.1 enroute from Bridge of Dun to Brechin Station during a Thomas Special day ...
Colin Harkins 23/07/2016
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This junction was controlled by a ground frame. The east fork of the Forfar and Brechin Railway met the former Aberdeen Railway branch to Brechin at a junction which allowed running from the Forfar line to Bridge of Dun bypassing Brechin.
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The shed at Brechin was replaced at the same time as the Forfar and Brechin Railway opened (1895) and in readiness for the opening of Brechin and Edzell District Railway (1896).
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A small goods yard was opened with the passenger station, just to its south. A new goods yard opened further east during the station expansion.
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This is an artificial name for this location.
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The original engine shed was located at the east end of the station, north of the line close to a road overbridge.
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The imposing northern elevation of Brechin station adjoins Platform 1, and has been the subject of much restoration work by the Caledonian Railway. ...
David Spaven 01/09/2018
The Caledonian Railway terminus at Brechin was opened in 1848 by the
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D5314 prepares to run round the stock of the 13.40 departure from Brechin on 1st September 2018. The loco is framed by the columns of the former ...
David Spaven 01/09/2018
Classic vehicles complement the classic traction for a period feel as D5314 rests at Brechin on arrival with the first train of the day from Bridge of ...
David Spaven 01/09/2018
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Montrose Branch

This single track branch, opened 1848 and closed 1963, ran from Dubton to Montrose [CR], passing under the North British Railway and being met by the Montrose and Bervie Railway close to Montrose [CR].

This station was the junction between the main line of the Aberdeen Railway and its branch to Montrose [CR].
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Black 5 4-6-0 no 44996 passing through Dubton Junction with a down excursion train on Sunday 19 July 1953. Running off to the left is the line to ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 19/07/1953
Scene at Dubton Junction on Saturday 1 August 1953, with Perth based Black 5 4-6-0 no 44796 approaching at speed with a relief working from Aberdeen ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 01/08/1953
Perth based Black 5 4-6-0 no 44797 passing Dubton Junction on the first day of August 1953 with a down holiday special from Kilmarnock.
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G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 01/08/1953
View west to Forfar at Dubton in 1996. Behind the camera the routes to Montrose and Aberdeen diverged. ...
Ewan Crawford //1996
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Looking North at the former site of Broomfield Junction. ...
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64615 at Broomfield Junction with the 1960 RCTS/SLS Joint Scottish Tour. To the left is the line to Dubton, the train is coming off the Bervie line ...
WA Camwell (Copyright Stephenson Locomotive Society) 16/06/1960
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This set of sidings was to the north of Montrose [CR] station. It was approached from the north east, Dubton direction. ...

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This station was a terminus. Also known as Montrose East. It was the terminus of the 1848 Aberdeen Railway branch from Dubton and was approached from the north east, the line going from Montrose turning first north and then north west to reach Dubton. (The main line of the Aberdeen Railway was extended north to Portlethen in 1849.)
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The former trackbed at Montrose CR has been turned into a garden. This was a terminus and the line to Dubton ran off to the right. A line continued to ...
Jim Pattison //2009
Part of the converted waiting room at the former Caledonian Railway terminus in Montrose, now the residents lounge in a sheltered housing complex see ...
Andy Furnevel 18/09/2014
A view of the former Caledonian terminus at Montrose, now sheltered housing. The building had a large trainshed and although this has been removed it ...
Jim Pattison //2009
Looking south at the former Montrose terminus. ...
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This quay was the end of the sidings into Montrose Harbour from Montrose [CR] station. It was later to also be served by lines from the North British Railway Montrose station, the present station.
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Books


A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: The North of Scotland v. 15 (Regional railway history series)

Aberdeen 1900: Aberdeenshire Sheet 75.11 (Old O.S. Maps of Aberdeenshire)

Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire: 40 Coast and Country Walks

Aberdeen City Centre History Tour

Aberdeen City Centre Through Time

Aberdeen in Old Picture Postcards

Aberdeen in the Fifties and Sixties

Aberdeen Remembered: By Aberdeen City Libraries and Museums

Aberdeen, Inverurie and Pitmedden (OS Landranger Map)

Aberdeen: An Illustrated Architectural Guide (RIAS illustrated architectural guides to Scotland)

Aberdeenshire: South and Aberdeen (Pevsner Architectural Guides) (Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of Scotland)

Aberdeenshire's Lost Railways

Angus and Kincardineshire's Lost Railways

BR Steam in Colour: London to Aberdeen from the Bill Reed Collection

Bradshaw's Guide Scotland's Railways East Coast Berwick to Aberdeen & Beyond: Volume 6

Brechin 1901: Forfarshire Sheet 28.13 (Old O.S. Maps of Forfarshire)

British Railways Steam - King's Cross to Aberdeen: From the Bill Reed Collection

Bygone Montrose: With Inverkeilor, Lunan Bay, Rossie, Usan, Ferryden, Bridge of Dun, Hillside, Dubton and Craigo

Caledonian Routes 1: Aberdeen, Strathmore Line & Branches

Cock o' the North: Aberdeen to Kyle of Lochalsh - Study in Diesel Power Through Its Various Stages

Great North Memories: Aberdeen No. 2: Scenes of the North East's Own Railway

Hidden Aberdeen: History on Your Doorstep and Under Your Feet

Joint Station: Aberdeen Station, 1867-1992

Landranger (54) Dundee & Montrose, Forfar & Arbroath (OS Landranger Map)

Memories of Steam from Glasgow to Aberdeen

Memories of Steam from Glasgow to Aberdeen

Memories of Steam from Glasgow to Aberdeen

Montrose The Postcard Collection

Montrose Through Time
National Series of Waterway, Tramway and Railway Atlases: Aberdeen v. 1m
On Either Side, 1939: The Train between London King's Cross & Edinburgh Waverley, Fort William, Inverness & Aberdeen (Old House)

OS Explorer Map (389) Forfar, Brechin and Edzell (OS Explorer Paper Map) (OS Explorer Active Map)

Railways Of Scotland 4: Aberdeen And The Grampians DVD - Cinerail

Railways Of Scotland 7: Perth To Kinnaber Junction DVD - Cinerail

The Montrose & Bervie Railway: A Study of Transport in South-East Kincardineshire 1770-1966

The Railways of Aberdeen: 150 Years of History: One Hundred and Fifty Years of History
The Railways of Strathmore (Perth, Forfar and Brechin)The 'Subbies': The story of Aberdeen's suburban trains 1887-1987