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Stonehaven (1849-)

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


This is a two platform station. When built, this station was quite far outside Stonehaven - built nearly a mile west at Arduthie - but the town has expanded to include it. The station is on high ground above the harbour.

Most passenger trains halt here. There is a ^B^ listed signal box (a replacement for the original dating from 1901) and fine station building on the southbound platform. This building presents two storeys to the road approach and a single storey to the platforms. The rather nice glazed canopy over the entrance was added in Caledonian Railway days. A similarly aged wooden canopy covers the southbound platform, tilted back towards the station building.

There was a bay platform on the northbound platform, making this almost an island platform. The building, now gone, on this platform was heavily canopied, covering both platform faces, the canopy matching the main building on the southbound platform. The platforms are linked by a subway.

Some sidings from the goods yard remain here, although out of use for freight. The goods shed also still stands. These are at the north end of the station, on the east side and accessed from via a reversing spur from the southbound platform.

There is a car parking at this station.

For the Carmont derailment see Carron Water Bridge [West Carmont]. (See News section.)


Dunnottar Castle is two miles south of Stonehaven, on the coast.



External links

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


Listing: B


01/11/1849Aberdeen Railway
Line extended from Dubton Junction to Limpet Mill (a temporary terminus north of Stonehaven). Stations at Marykirk, Laurencekirk, Drumlithie, Stonehaven and Limpet Mill.
13/05/1862Deeside Extension Railway
Line leased by Great North of Scotland Railway to block authorisation of a new line from Stonehaven to Kintore [1st].
13/05/1862Deeside Railway
Line leased by Great North of Scotland Railway to block authorisation of a new line from Stonehaven to Kintore [1st].
26/02/1998Aberdeen Railway
Tiphook container derailed off a bridge during shunting at Stonehaven.
12/08/2020Aberdeen Railway
HST derails after hitting landslide at Carron Water Bridge [West Carmont], three are killed. The train was halted en route south from Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street High Level due to flooding to the south of Carmont. After reversing and returning through Carmont to Stonehaven a landslip is hit derailing the train some of which is destroyed by fire. The line is closed for investigation, clearance and repairs.


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