Aberdeen Waterloo

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Aberdeen Waterloo (1856-1867)

Station code: National Rail
Opened on the Aberdeen Waterloo Extension (Great North of Scotland Railway).


This was the terminus of the Great North of Scotland Railway on extension from Kittybrewster Junction to the Waterloo Quay in Aberdeen. The extension followed the course of the former Aberdeenshire Canal.

The passenger station was in the west of the site with three platforms (the eastern island surviving until the 1960s). There was an overall roof at the buffer end. There was a carriage shed to the north of the site, beyond Castle Terrace.

The goods lines were to the east, with one continuing to the quayside itself. A goods shed was provided. There was no locomotive turntable, probably due to the proximity of Kittybrewster Shed.

There was access by turnplates from the goods sidings to a tramway which ran to Aberdeen Guild Street. This was not suitable for upgrading to a railway and the Denburn Valley Line was developed to connect the two Aberdeen railway systems together, leading to the demise of both Waterloo and Guild Street termini.

There was a signal box in the far north of the site, south of Albion Street. The box was between the carriage shed (west) and running lines.

The box survived until 1966.

In the 1970s the yard became largely used by British Steel for pipe traffic.

Today the site remains as a a freight yard. Sidings were relaid with the closure of Aberdeen Guild Street Goods.



External links

NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67


  /  /1805Aberdeenshire Canal
Opened from Port Elphinstone, Inverurie, to Aberdeen Harbour. The Great North of Scotland Railway later used its course for its line between Port Elphinstone and Aberdeen Waterloo.
  /  /1854Great North of Scotland Railway
Authorisation to build line from Aberdeen Kittybrewster to Aberdeen Waterloo given.
24/09/1855Great North of Scotland Railway
Kittybrewster [1st] to Aberdeen Waterloo opened to goods. Kittybrewster [1st] was a new through station built on Waterloo line.
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.
04/11/1867Aberdeen Joint (Caledonian Railway) Denburn Valley Line (Great North of Scotland Railway)
Kittybrewster [2nd] to Aberdeen Joint to Denburn Junction opened. Aberdeen Joint and Kittybrewster [2nd] were both new stations on the new Denburn line. Aberdeen Waterloo, Aberdeen Guild Street and Kittybrewster [1st] station were to close.