Location type


Names and dates

Portlethen (1849-1956)
Portlethen (1985-)

Station code: PLN National Rail ScotRail
Where: Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Opened on the Aberdeen Railway.
Open on the Dundee to Aberdeen.


This is a two platform station. The station is a modern re-opening on the site of the original station, slightly to its south.

The original station was also a two platform station. The main building was on the northbound platform.

South of the station there were loading banks on either side of the station, both reached by reversal.

The signal box was at the south end of the northbound platform.

The original station closed in 1956 and the box in 1967. The new station opened in 1985.

When the first station opened Portlethen was a small village to the south east, about 2/3 of a mile away. This is now known as Portlethen and there has been much development of what was farmland to create the new Portlethen, largely to the west of the station.



External links

Canmore site record
NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67


01/02/1850Aberdeen Railway
Line extended north from Limpet Mill to Portlethen. Limpet Mill, a short lived terminus, closed. Muchalls and Portlethen opened.
01/04/1850Aberdeen Railway
Aberdeen Ferryhill opened, with the extension of the line north from Portlethen. New stations at Cove and Aberdeen Ferryhill.
11/06/1956Aberdeen Railway
Carmont, Cove Bay, Newtonhill and Portlethen closed.
17/05/1985Aberdeen Railway
Portlethen re-opened


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