Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway

[v · d · e]  Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway 
Locale Scotland
Dates of operation 21 July 1856 – 1 February 1865
Successor line Highland Railway
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Legend
Continuation backward
Inverness and Nairn Railway
Station on track
Nairn
Unknown BSicon "eBHF"
Auldearn
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Brodie
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Unknown BSicon "exBHF" Straight track Unknown BSicon "exSTR"
Forres
Unknown BSicon "exCONTr" Unknown BSicon "exABZgf" Station on track Unknown BSicon "exSTR"
Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Unknown BSicon "exBHF" Straight track Unknown BSicon "exSTR"
Forres
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Forres (old)
Unknown BSicon "eABZrg" Unknown BSicon "exSTRrf"
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Kinloss
Unknown BSicon "eABZrg" Unknown BSicon "exKBHFr"
Findhorn
Straight track Unknown BSicon "exKBHFa"
Hopeman
Straight track Unknown BSicon "exBHF"
Burghead
Straight track Unknown BSicon "xENDEa"
Straight track Unknown BSicon "eBHF"
Coltfield
Junction from left Track turning right
Alves Junction
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Alves
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Mosstowie
Station on track
Elgin
Unknown BSicon "eABZlf" Unknown BSicon "exSTRlg"
Straight track Unknown BSicon "exBHF"
Elgin (East) (MR)
Unknown BSicon "exCONTr" Unknown BSicon "eKRZu" Unknown BSicon "exABZrf"
Morayshire Railway to Rothes
Straight track Unknown BSicon "exSTRlf" Unknown BSicon "exCONTl"
Morayshire Railway to Lossiemouth
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Lhanbryde
Straight track Unknown BSicon "exKBHFa"
Fochabers
Straight track Unknown BSicon "exBHF"
Balnacoul
Unknown BSicon "eABZrg" Unknown BSicon "exSTRrf"
Unknown BSicon "eBHF"
Orbliston Junction
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Orton
Unknown BSicon "exCONTr" Unknown BSicon "eABZrf"
Morayshire Railway to Rothes
Unknown BSicon "eBHF"
Mulben
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Tauchers Platform
Unknown BSicon "eABZrg" Unknown BSicon "exCONTl"
Buckie and Portessie Branch (HR)
Unknown BSicon "exCONTg" Straight track
Keith and Dufftown Railway (GNoSR)
Unknown BSicon "xENDEa" Straight track
Right side of cross-platform interchange Left side of cross-platform interchange
Keith Junction
Track turning left Junction from right
Continuation forward
Great North of Scotland Railway

Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway is an historic railway in Scotland.

Contents

History

It was authorised by an Act of Parliament on 21 July 1856 as an extension to the Inverness and Nairn Railway, the line was opened in stages:

  • Nairn to Dalvey (Forres) - 22 December 1857
  • Dalvey to Elgin - 25 March 1858
  • Elgin to Keith - 18 August 1858

Originally the intention was to connect with the Great North of Scotland Railway (GNoSR) at Elgin, however the GNoSR offered to pay for the railway to be built to Keith.[1]

During its short life, the following railways were absorbed by the Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway (I&AJR).[1]

The railway merged with the Inverness and Perth Junction Railway to form the Highland Railway on 1 February 1865.

Findhorn Railway

The Findhorn Railway was incorporated in 1859 and ran from Kinloss branching off the I&AJR from the east. It operated as an independent concern until the company had money problems which resulted in it being taken over by the I&AJR. However this reprieve did not last long as the service was withdrawn in 1869, and the route lifted in 1873. Little remains of the track bed, partly because of the construction of the RAF base, Kinloss, over its route. Its junction with the mainline can be still be traced and is overgrown with a group of pine trees.

Connections to other lines

Current operations

Brodie station in 1974

The main line is still open with services provided by First ScotRail. However the majority of stations are now closed. All the connections to adjacent lines are also closed, with the exception of the Hopeman Branch which is open for freight traffic to Burghead.

The old station at Forres is closed and only one platform out of the previous six at the new station at Forres is now in service. The Keith and Dufftown Railway platform at Keith Junction is still in use.

References

Notes

  1. ^ a b Awdry (1990)

Sources


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