Aboyne and Braemar Railway

Introduction

This railway is closed. The railway provided a service from Aboyne to Ballater. The line was an extension of the Deeside Extension Railway and the Deeside Railway. The service between Ballater and Braemar was provided by traction engine. The nearest station today is at Aberdeen.






Dates

  /  /1865Deeside RailwayDeeside Extension RailwayAboyne and Braemar Railway
Royal couriers first use line rather than Cairnwell Pass road to get to Balmoral Castle from the south.
05/07/1865Aboyne and Braemar Railway
Act receives Royal assent.
  /10/1865Aboyne and Braemar Railway
First sod cut.
  /  /1866Aboyne and Braemar Railway
Ballater to Bridge of Gairn section construction abandoned.
30/07/1866Deeside RailwayDeeside Extension RailwayAboyne and Braemar RailwayGreat North of Scotland Railway
Deeside lines leased for 999 years by Great North of Scotland Railway.
17/10/1866Aboyne and Braemar Railway
Opened from Aboyne to Ballater with stations at Aboyne, Dinnet and Ballater.
31/01/1876Aboyne and Braemar RailwayGreat North of Scotland Railway
Aboyne and Braemar Railway absorbed by the Great North of Scotland Railway.
  /  /1878Aboyne and Braemar Railway
Cambus O' May opened.
  /  /1904Great North of Scotland Railway
Bus service introducted from Ballater, on the Aboyne and Braemar Railway, to a bus station in Braemar.
  /  /1958Deeside Railway Deeside Extension Railway Aboyne and Braemar Railway
Battery railcar introduced between Aberdeen and Ballater.
28/02/1966Aboyne and Braemar Railway
Ballater to Aberdeen (Ferryhill Junction) closed to passengers.
28/02/1966Deeside Railway Deeside Extension Railway Aboyne and Braemar Railway
Ballater, Cambus O' May, Dinnet, Aboyne, Dess, Lumphanan, Torphins, Glassel, Dee Street Halt, Banchory [2nd], Crathes, Park, Culter and Cults closed to passengers.
18/07/1966Deeside RailwayDeeside Extension RailwayAboyne and Braemar Railway
Ballater to Culter (excluded) closed to freight.
20/08/2018Aboyne and Braemar Railway
Ballater station officially ^reopened^ as a museum, tearoom, restaurant and information centre following completion of its repair after a devastating fire.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This was a two platform station. The main station building was on the eastbound platform. This had a large glazed canopy.
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Deeside Extension Railway
Aboyne railway station yesterday, part of the building is now a café, ^Spider on a bicycle^ it was a welcome stop while I ran from Holburn Street ...
Alan Cormack 14/04/2017
Aboyne railway station yesterday, part of the building is now a café, ^Spider on a bicycle^ it was a welcome stop while I ran from Holburn Street ...
Alan Cormack 14/04/2017
Former Aboyne Station.This is the platform side where trains would have stopped. View looking east. The building houses a variety of small ...
John Gray 27/07/2016
Platform side at Aboyne, the tunnel under the A93 is in the distance, a new addition is the electric car re-charging point, it^s a shame that the ...
Alan Cormack 16/03/2017
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This short single bore tunnel under the A93 is directly west of the former Aboyne station.
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This was a two platform station with a passing loop. The station building still survives on the eastbound platform.
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The former station building at Dinnet on 20 April 2017 looking east along the platform towards Aboyne. Note the unusual round window, installed as a ...
Andy Furnevel 20/04/2017
The former station building at Dinnet, complete with totem, now an office. Seen from the approach road in April 2017. ...
Andy Furnevel 20/04/2017
Dinnet station building and up platform as seen from the down platform on 20th October 2012. The building was in excellent condition and in use as an ...
John McIntyre 20/10/2012
View westbound at Dinnet goods, just over the level crossing from the station. ...
Ewan Crawford 04/02/1997
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This was a single platform station. The platform, on the north side of the line, survives as does the station building. To the east was a siding for a loading bank, served from the west. By reversal this gave access to a long siding which ran to the north east.
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The edge of this map sheet shows a building coloured pink with the number 509 superimposed beside a manmade water course. This was probably the mill ...
National Library of Scotland 02/03/2021
An example of the type of gravel and sand used as track ballast on the Deeside Line. The largest gravel pieces are about 5-10mm across. ...
Charlie Niven 17/11/2018
The Ferry Inn, now known as Cutaway Cottage, in its current guise. For many decades before the railway arrived people took the ferry to and from the ...
Charlie Niven 17/11/2018
The ballast pit siding at Cambus o^ May as it was in 1900; compared with the earlier map it shows a much larger area excavated and the siding itself ...
National Library of Scotland 14/06/2020
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This was the terminus of the Deeside line from Aberdeen. The terminus was at the Station Square in the middle of Ballater. The building was burned down in 2015 but had been, despite the closure of the station, been rebuilt. The resulting rebuilt building is superb. The terminus has a long association with the Royal Family and Queen Victoria, this station being the closest to [[Balmoral ...

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Bridge of Gairn Tramway (Aboyne and Braemar Railway)
The original layout of Ballater Station captured by the Ordnance Survey at the time of its construction. The ^iron gates^ (below the letter ^w^ in ...
Charlie Niven 16/05/2021
The recreated royal carriage, alongside the platform at Ballater in October 2012. ...
John McIntyre 15/10/2012
How the station used to look. The station will be opened officially on Monday but the tea rooms and main concourse were opened to the public last ...
John Gray 18/08/2018
The second Edition 25 map 1900 shows the changes since 1866 See image 79229. One of the major differences was due to the extension of the line to ...
Charlie Niven 16/05/2021
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