Strathspey Railway

Introduction

This railway is closed and much of the former trackbed now forms the Speyside Way (Speyside Way ).

The line ran by the River Spey serving Whisky country. The line was single track.

The railway provided a service from Boat of Garten to Dufftown. Connections were provided at Craigellachie to Elgin (via the Morayshire Railway) and Dufftown to Aberdeen (via the Keith and Dufftown Railway and the Great North of Scotland Railway). Connections were provided at Boat of Garten to Inverness and Perth (via the Inverness and Perth Junction Railway and later the Highland Railway).






Dates

17/05/1861Strathspey Railway
Act receives Royal assent for line from Dufftown to Abernethy [Strathspey].
17/05/1861Morayshire Railway
Extension from Craigellachie [1st] to join the Strathspey Railway authorised.
01/07/1863Strathspey Railway
Line opened from Dufftown to Abernethy [Strathspey] via Strathspey Junction. Stations opened at: Strathspey Junction, Aberlour, Carron, Blacksboat, Ballindalloch, Advie [1st], Dalvey [2nd], Cromdale, Grantown-on-Spey East and Abernethy [Strathspey].
  /  /1864Morayshire RailwayStrathspey Railway
Craigellachie [1st] renamed Dandaleith and Strathspey Junction renamed Craigellachie.
05/07/1865Strathspey Railway
Extension from Abernethy [Strathspey] to Boat of Garten authorised.
30/07/1866Strathspey RailwayGreat North of Scotland Railway
Strathspey Railway absorbed by Great North of Scotland Railway.
01/08/1866Strathspey Railway
Abernethy [Strathspey] to Boat of Garten opened.
01/11/1867Strathspey Railway
Abernethy [Strathspey] renamed Nethy Bridge.
  /  /1868Strathspey Railway
Dalvey [2nd] closed.
01/09/1868Strathspey Railway
Advie [1st] closed.
01/09/1868Strathspey Railway
Advie [2nd] opened, 1.21 km east of former station.
  /  /1869Strathspey Railway
Knockando [House Halt] opened (Private).
01/07/1899Strathspey Railway
Dalbeallie Distillery Siding converted to a station - Dalbeallie.
  /  /1905Strathspey Railway
Knockando [House Halt] renamed Knockando House Halt.
  /  /1905Strathspey Railway
Dalbeallie renamed Knockando.
  /  /1958Strathspey Railway
Railcar used on Speyside line.
18/10/1965Strathspey Railway
Advie [2nd] closed.
18/10/1965Strathspey Railway
Boat of Garten to Craigellachie closed to passengers.
18/10/1965Strathspey Railway
Aberlour closed.
06/05/1968Keith and Dufftown RailwayMorayshire RailwayStrathspey Railway
Elgin East to Craigellachie to Keith Junction closed to passengers.
04/11/1968Strathspey Railway
Boat of Garten (excluded) to Aberlour (excluded) closed to freight.
04/11/1968Morayshire RailwayStrathspey Railway
Elgin East (excluded) to Craigellachie (excluded) closed to freight.
15/11/1971Strathspey Railway
Aberlour to Craigellachie to Dufftown (excluded) closed to freight.
  /  /1978Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Aviemore to Boat of Garten conveyed to the Strathspey Railway [Preserved].
  /  /1978Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Aviemore Speyside to Boat of Garten re-opened by the Strathspey Railway [Preserved].
  /07/1998Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Aviemore station altered and re-opened to Strathspey Railway [Preserved] traffic and Aviemore Speyside station closed.
  /11/2003Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Death of Roy Hamilton, photographer and co-founder of the Strathspey Railway [Preserved]. £250,000 left to the railway in his will.
  /  /2007Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Network Rail gifts 1/2 a mile of track from further south on the mainline at Dalreach to be used for the extension of the preserved Strathspey Railway north of Broomhill.
26/03/2010Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Formal launch of three mile extension of the Strathspey Railway [Preserved] from Broomhill to Grantown-on-Spey West.
  /10/2011Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
The Strathspey Railway [Preserved] commissions a new water tank at Boat of Garten re-using a tank from Alloa (yard?).
  /  /2019Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Semaphore signalling installed at Aviemore to control movement from the Strathspey Railway [Preserved] to the main line.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This is a preserved two platform station, one of the platforms being a bay and the other the former westbound through platform. Dufftown is the terminus of the Keith and Dufftown Railway Association line, a heritage railway. The original station building still stands on the platform. As with many former GNoSR stations the station name is displayed in a window above the platform frontage. A ...

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Keith and Dufftown Railway
The ^Spirit of Banffshire^ prepares for departure at Dufftown. ...
John Yellowlees 18/08/2017
A busy platform scene at Dufftown on 14 October 2012 as passengers wait for the arrival of the train from Keith. ...
John McIntyre 14/10/2012
This is the trackbed for the Mortlach Branch just before the Mortlach
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Caleb Abbott 01/11/2017
Class 108 Driving Motor Standard Lavatory (DMSL) 51568 arrives at Dufftown on 14/04/18 ...
Caleb Abbott 14/04/2018
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This was a three platform station and junction. There were two platforms on the route between Elgin East and Keith via Dufftown and one platform on the Strathspey route to Boat of Garten. To the north on the Elgin route the line almost immediately crossed the Craigellachie Bridge to reach Dandaleith.
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Morayshire Railway
The trackbed and platform that once served the Strathspey route through Craigellachie. Photograph taken in 2012, looking west below the bridge that ...
John Furnevel 20/05/2012
Approaching Craigellachie along the Speyside line from the Aberlour direction in November 2005, about to pass below the A95 road bridge and enter the ...
John Furnevel 02/11/2005
It is a steady climb from Craigellachie to Dufftown and, after about a mile and a half, the River Fiddich is crossed by this viaduct which is numbered ...
John Gray 27/07/2009
A view along Viaduct 240 looking towards Dufftown. ...
John Gray 27/07/2009
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This was a two platform station. One platform survives with a station building which has been greatly extended at the southern end.
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The former station at Aberlour, viewed platform side looking south east in May 2012 , with the river Spey behind the camera. The old station closed to ...
John Furnevel 24/05/2012
Station at Aberlour, now the Speyside Way Visitor Centre. ...
Crinan Dunbar 14/10/2015
Approach to the 1863 station building at Aberlour from Victoria Terrace in May 2012. ...
John Furnevel 24/05/2012
The Old Station Tearoom at Aberlour in February 2017. Once the main station entrance from Victoria Terrace. The station closed to passengers in ...
Andy Furnevel 01/02/2017
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The former Dailuaine Halt on the Speyside line seen in May 2012 looking towards Carron. Located some two and a half miles south west of Aberlour and a ...
John Furnevel 24/05/2012
The platform still exists but is showing a marked deterioration since my last visit. The name board has gone and there is evidence of subsidence. See ...
John Gray 26/07/2008
Dailuanie Halt platform. ...
John Gray //
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This bridge carried both the Strathspey Railway and a road over the River Spey. Today the railway is closed but road remains open. It is also known as Carron Bridge (a name which can lead to confusion with Carron Bridge on the Glasgow and South Western Railway).
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This is the rail and road viaduct at Bridge of Carron, just east of Carron station seen in 2012. It now carries an unclassified road and the Speyside ...
Ewan Crawford 24/05/2012
Combined road and rail bridge at Carron. This bridge over the River Spey was built 1863 for the Great North of Scotland Railway by engineers McKinnon ...
John Gray 27/05/2018
This is Carron Bridge, once shared by both road and rail. Looking towards Aberlour, this is a view of the railway trackbed with the road on the left. ...
John Gray 26/07/2008
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This was a two platform station with a goods yard to the north, approached from the east. There was a level crossing to the immediate west of the station, access to the Imperial Distillery.
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Looking east from the level crossing at Carron in April 1977, with some rails remaining in the roadway. On the left is the station building and ...
John McIntyre 18/04/1977
Carron Station. The building still stands and appears to be in good condition,over fifty years after closure.It would be nice to see it used for ...
John Gray 27/05/2018
The once extensive goods yard at Carron with the old station to the right. Notice the extensive platform, once used to load whiskey, cattle and all ...
Clive Meredith 05/06/2016
Carron Station. This delightful little station nestled deep in the Strathspey hills commands an admiring glimpse into a long past era. The platforms ...
Clive Meredith 05/06/2016
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This halt was alongside the Imperial Cottages and to the west of the Imperial Distillery and Carron station. The distillery cottages were built on the north side of the line.
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This was a private short single platform halt built in timber on the north side of the line serving Knockando House, to the north.
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This was a two platform station with a passing loop. The station did not open with the line in 1863, but much later in 1899. It was initially named Dalbeallie for a farm to the east, becoming Knockando in 1905. (This avoided confusion with Dalbeattie.)
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The signalbox at Knockando during cosmetic restoration in April 1977. ...
John McIntyre 18/04/1977
A view west from the end of the platform at Knockando in April 1977 with part of the trackbed being used as an access road by the distillery. The two ...
John McIntyre 18/04/1977
Room with a view. Looking out of Knockando^s main station building on the eastbound platform to the now nameless westbound platform in May 2012. Which ...
Ewan Crawford 24/05/2012
About half a mile south of Knockando is the Allt Adhair Viaduct spanning a gulley and burn for which it is named. The view is looking south over the ...
John Gray 21/10/2009
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This is a well preserved closed station on the former Strathspey Railway. It had a single platform, on the west side of the line, and a goods yard to the south, also on the west side of the line, approached from the south.
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Weak sunshine filters through the foliage to illuminate the well preserved old station building at Blacksboat on the former Strathspey line in May ...
John Furnevel 24/05/2012
A low winter sun illuminates the former station at Blacksboat. The view is to the south on 1st Febrary 1997. ...
Ewan Crawford 01/02/1997
In 1964 the Great North of Scotland trespass sign remained on one of the station doors at Blacksboat, 41 years after the company was grouped into the ...
Andrew Saunders 12/08/1964
Old station building at Blacksboat, photographed from the trackbed on 24 May 2012. ...
John Furnevel 24/05/2012
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This was a two platform station at Cragganmore, Ballindalloch Castle was two miles away by road. Nearer was the Cragganmore distillery. The distillery was intentionally opened here due to the proximity of the railway.
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Approaching Ballindalloch station from the west in May 2012. The Spey viaduct lies off to the left just beyond the curve. See image 39157 ...
John Furnevel 24/05/2012
Former Ballindalloch Station building now used as hostel accommodation and is in very good condition. ...
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The former station at Ballindalloch in May 2012 looking south west towards Grantown-on-Spey. ...
John Furnevel 24/05/2012
Ballindalloch Station had a passing loop and quite a large goods yard. The yard itself had two loops and four sidings. The view looks towards Advie. ...
John Gray 20/10/2009
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A single platform station with a short platform and siding at the west end, the platform was extended, a new building (in timber) provided and goods yard expanded. The platform was on the south side of the line.
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View south west along the trackbed of the Strathspey Railway at Advie on 25 May 2012, with the long single platform of the former station visible on ...
John Furnevel 25/05/2012
The overgrown single platform at Advie (closed 1965), seen here from the road bridge on 25 May 2012. View is south west in the general direction of ...
John Furnevel 25/05/2012
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This halt was at Main of Dalvey, the halt separated from the farm by the main road. The platform was on the south side of the line close to Bridge of Dalvey.
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This was a single platform station. The single storey station building is now a house. Cromdale itself is a little to the south.
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Balmenach Railway
Cromdale station nameboard. This station has been well restored by its owner and is one of the highlights of the Speyside Way. A five star attraction. ...
John Gray 03/08/2006
Elgin-Aviemore line. Bridge at Cromdale Station looking South in August 1986. ...
John Gray /08/1986
This is an old coach on the Speyside Way near Ardbeg Farm, North of Cromdale, this is a mile or so from the Speyside railway line. ...
Alan Cormack 06/04/2015
Cromdale Station on the former Elgin-Aviemore line in August 2006. This is now a private dwelling and has been largely restored by the owner. You must ...
John Gray 03/08/2006
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This was a two platform station to the south of the town of Grantown-on-Spey, and on the south bank of the Spey. The main station building was on the eastbound platform.
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The 7 & 1/4 inch gauge 0-4-0T steam locomotive ^Lady Susan^, on loan to the
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John Gray 09/12/2018
The boarded up station building at Grantown-on-Spey East, photographed from the trackbed in the spring of 2012. For the restored version see image ...
John Furnevel 21/04/2012
The abandoned platforms at Grantown-on-Spey East on 21 May 2012. Photographed looking north east along the overgrown trackbed towards Craigellachie ...
John Furnevel 21/05/2012
The diesel engine and ride-on coach of the 7 & 1/4 inch miniature railway at Grantown East on 9th December 2018.
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John Gray 09/12/2018
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This farm halt was alongside Balliefurth Farm on the line to the immediate west. The halt was alongside the road bridge crossing the line. It was opened by British Railways.
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The old station at Nethy Bridge on the Strathspey line, seen from the west in 2012, by which time the building had been converted for use as a ...
John Furnevel 21/05/2012
The old station at Nethy Bridge in May 2002 looking south along the Strathspey route towards Aviemore. By this time the building had been converted ...
John Furnevel 15/05/2002
A view of the trackbed looking towards Nethy Bridge. ...
John Gray 13/07/2007
View north at Nethy Bridge in May 2002. ...
John Furnevel 15/05/2002
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The remains of the GNSR bridge over the River Spey near Nethy Bridge en route to Boat of Garten in August 1982. The view looks north. ...
Peter Todd /08/1982
Another view of the old viaduct piers at Nethy Bridge, this time from the Boat of Garten side of the River Spey. ...
John Gray 13/07/2007
The Speyside Line ran from Craigellachie to Boat of Garten. It opened throughout in 1866 and closed throughout in 1968. It connected The Great North ...
John Gray 11/08/2018
Looking towards the embankment and remains of the viaduct over the River Spey where the GNSR line diverged at Broomhill Junction and made its way to ...
Graham Morgan 06/07/2007
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This was the point of divergence for the Strathspey Railway from the Inverness and Perth Junction Railway. It was not a junction in the conventional sense.
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In freezing conditions, Ivatt Class 2MT No.46512 runs along the embankment at Lower Lackgie on 15th December 2019 with the Santa Express bound for ...
John Gray 15/12/2019
Caledonian Railway 0-6-0 No.828 has just left Broomhill for the return
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John Gray 14/07/2019
Strathspey Railway Santa Express passing the site of Broomhill Junction on 7th December 2019. This is where the Great North of Scotland Railway^s line ...
John Gray 07/12/2019
Back in action on the Strathspey Railway, after an overhaul, Caledonian Railway 812 Class 0-6-0 No.828 is pictured at the head of the regular Sunday ...
John Gray 02/04/2017
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This was a two road stone built locomotive shed just north of Boat of Garten station.
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This is a preserved station on the Strathspey Railway. The architect of the station building, (dating from around 1904), was William Roberts. A 1860s stone portion, house styled like at Dava, is extended by the newer timber portion. It was a junction station, the line from Perth dividing here to go north to Forres or north east via Strathspey to Keith. The station is 712 ft ...

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Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
External restoration in progress at Boat of Garten North SB in June 1974, with a pair of Barclay 0-4-0ST locos parked on what had been (in LMS and BR ...
John McIntyre 15/06/1974
The ex-10.35 Strathspey Railway service from Aviemore to Broomhill, calling at Boat of Garten, looking back towards Aviemore, on 20th July 2017. ...
David Bosher 20/07/2017
The platform building on the island platform at Boat of Garten in April 1977. ...
John McIntyre /04/1977
Ex Granton Gas Works Barclay 0-4-0ST No.10 ^Forth^ sits with a pair of Mark 1 carriages at Boat of Garten in April 1977. The loco didn^t work on the ...
John McIntyre 17/04/1977
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