Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway
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 1⁄2 in)Legend Inverness and Nairn Railway Nairn Auldearn Brodie Forres Inverness and Perth Junction Railway Forres Forres (old) Kinloss Findhorn Hopeman Burghead Coltfield Alves Junction Alves Mosstowie Elgin Elgin (East) (MR) Morayshire Railway to Rothes Morayshire Railway to Lossiemouth Lhanbryde Fochabers Balnacoul Orbliston Junction Orton Morayshire Railway to Rothes Mulben Tauchers Platform Buckie and Portessie Branch (HR) Keith and Dufftown Railway (GNoSR) Keith Junction Great North of Scotland Railway
Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway is an historic railway in Scotland.
- Nairn to Dalvey (Forres) - 22 December 1857
- Dalvey to Elgin - 25 March 1858
- Elgin to Keith - 18 August 1858
During its short life, the following railways were absorbed by the Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway (I&AJR).
- Inverness and Nairn Railway on 17 May 1861
- Findhorn Railway on 1 April 1862
- Inverness and Ross-shire Railway on 1 June 1862
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 However this reprieve did not last long as the service was withdrawn in 1869, and the route lifted in 1873.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
- Inverness and Nairn Railway at Nairn
- Inverness and Perth Junction Railway at Forres
- Morayshire Railway at Elgin and Orton
- Buckie and Portessie Branch of the Highland Railway at Keith Junction
- Keith and Dufftown Railway at Keith Junction
- Great North of Scotland Railway at Keith Junction
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.
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- Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0508-1. OCLC 60251199.
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- Jowett, Alan (2000). Jowett's Nationalised Railway Atlas (1st ed.). Penryn, Cornwall: Atlantic Transport Publishers. ISBN 0-9068-9999-0. OCLC 228266687.
- RAILSCOT on Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway
- RAILSCOT on Findhorn Railway
- RAILSCOT on Hopeman Branch
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