The Old Deeside Railway
This railway gradually edged its way from Aberdeen up Deeside towards Balmoral, after Queen Victoria took ownership of the castle there in the mid 19th Century. It eventually stopped at Ballater. Since being classified as uneconomic by Beeching in 1964, and thereafter dismantled, bits and pieces were sold off to adjacent landowners. On safety grounds many bridges and viaducts were destroyed. These events have effectively scuppered initiatives to make the route into a long distance path, but sections closer to Aberdeen have become designated the Deeside Way, whilst other short sections are paths or cycle tracks or bridleways. This article, illustrated by photos from the GEOGRAPH archive, is meant to be a useful substitute for a de facto full length Deeside Way. It may also be a means of highlighting lacunae in present day photographic coverage, and encourage those gaps to be filled.
Aberdeen to Banchory - opened 1853
"The first turf was cut on the estate of Park by Mrs A J Kinloch on 5th July 1852, and the line was opened for traffic (from Ferryhill to Banchory) on 7th September 1853. Guild Street Station in Aberdeen was not opened until 1954, whence 3 trains per day did the round trip up Deeside." A.I.McConnochie - Deeside (1895). In the 1890's the lines between Ferryhill and Peterculter were doubled to facilitate 'Subbies' (commuter stopping trains) to run alongside Expresses (limited stop longer-distance trains).
Aberdeen to Banchory - opened 1853 - Part OneNJ9405
Aberdeen (Guild Street) station:
Tor na Dee
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