Craiginches Yard

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Name and dates

Craiginches Yard (1910-)

Station code: National Rail
Opened on the Aberdeen Railway.


This is an important freight yard south of Aberdeen.

Containers may be handled here and concrete is handled here.

This was established on a green field site as a marshalling yard to the south of Aberdeen just before the Great War (1912). It was a location to prepare goods and mineral trains for the Aberdeen Docks, Aberdeen Guild Street Goods, Kittybrewster Yard and other locations.

In the Great War materials for Scapa Flow were held back here until called forward to the docks to be taken on by sea to the new harbour.

The existing Craiginches box, serving the Craiginches Saw Mill and a little south of the Dee Viaduct, was renamed Craiginches North. It was south of the line, just west of the Wellington Road bridge. A new box, Craiginches South, was built at the east end of the yard on the north side of the line. Both boxes closed in 1981 replaced by the Aberdeen Signalling Centre.

With the closure of Aberdeen Guild Street Goods the yard, Raith's Farm Sidings and Aberdeen Waterloo have become the main freight depots in Aberdeen. A container depot was added to the south side of the yard in recent years.

To the west is the Dee Viaduct and, formerly, Ferryhill MPD.


Yard sidings great war


  /  /1907Aberdeen Railway
Caledonian Railway authorised to purchase land for a new marshalling yard, Craiginches Yard.
13/12/1910Aberdeen Railway
Authorisation for further sidings at Craiginches Yard and remodelling of Aberdeen Guild Street Goods.


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