Ferryhill Junction

Location type


Name and dates

Ferryhill Junction (1853-1967)

Opened on the Deeside Railway.
Opened on the Aberdeen Railway.


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.

Ferryhill Shed was within the ^V^ of the junction.

The Deeside Railway was doubled as far as Cults in 1884.

The signal box, which had been in the ^V^ of the junction between the Deeside and line to the south, was replaced with a new larger box on the west side of the junction in 1905. Further lines ran to the expanded Aberdeen Joint and the shed had been enlarged. Signal bridges were erected over the main line junction approaches.

In 1951/53 the Deeside line was reduced to a single track to as far west as Culter, the westbound line was lifted. The line remained double track between the junction and a short distance to the west.

The Deeside closed in 1967.

The junction box closed in 1981, replaced by the Aberdeen Signalling Centre. Ferryhill Shed closed in 1988.



Nearby stations
Aberdeen Ferryhill
Aberdeen Guild Street
Holburn Street
Aberdeen Waterloo
Hutcheon Street
Aberdeen Kittybrewster
Kittybrewster [1st]
Kittybrewster [2nd]
Pitfodels Halt
Cove Bay
Don Street
Woodside [GNSR]
Ferryhill Foundry
Ferryhill MPD
Ferryhill Shed [1st]
Dee Viaduct
Aberdeen Signalling Centre
Aberdeen Corporation Electricity Works
Craiginches Saw Mill
Aberdeen South Signal Box
Duthie Park
Craiginches Iron Works
Pitmuxton Siding
Clayhills Yard
Deeside Goods
Devanha Distillery
Ferryhill House
Location names in dark blue are on the same original line.

Other uses for a cattle bank

By Ferryhill Junction was a cattle depot with a loading bank. The Caledonian Railway would issue tickets to admit well-wishers here when the Royal Train was going to or from the Deeside Railway, the train did not run through to Aberdeen but reversed at the junction. For a train from the branch the Great North of Scotland Railway locomotives would be taken off at the north end and the Caledonian Railway locomotives added to the south end.


28/05/1852Deeside Railway
Deeside Railway re-authorised from Ferryhill Junction to Banchory [1st].
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.
14/06/1884Deeside Railway
Doubled from Ferryhill Junction to Cults.
  /  /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.
  /  /1951Deeside Railway
Line singled from Park to Culter, Murtle, Cults and Ferryhill Junction. Drum station and signal box closed.
28/02/1966Aboyne and Braemar Railway
Ballater to Aberdeen (Ferryhill Junction) closed to passengers.
02/01/1967Deeside Railway
Culter to Ferryhill Junction closed to freight.


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