The Old Deeside Railway

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Text © Copyright Stanley Howe, August 2007
Images are under a separate Creative Commons Licence.


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 One

NJ9405 Aberdeen (Guild Street) station:
NJ9405 : South College Street Arches, Aberdeen by Richard Slessor NJ9405 : Aberdeen Railway Station by Richard Slessor NJ9405 : The Railway at Aberdeen by Richard Slessor NJ9405 : Aberdeen Railway Station by Stanley Howe
NJ9405 : Deserted platforms at Aberdeen railway station by Carol Walker NJ9405 : Inside Aberdeen railway station by Carol Walker NJ9405 : Aberdeen railway station by Carol Walker NJ9405 : College Street rail bridge by Stanley Howe

NJ9404 Ferryhill junction
NJ9404 : Tunnel at Ferryhill rail junction by Stanley Howe NJ9404 : Ferryhill junction rail bridge by Stanley Howe NJ9404 : Under the Ferryhill rail bridge by Stanley Howe

NJ9304 Duthie Park
NJ9304 : Polmuir Road Deeside Railway abutment by Stanley Howe NJ9304 : Old Deeside Railway bridge abutment by Stanley Howe NJ9304 : Old Deeside Line, Duthie Park by Stanley Howe NJ9304 : Old Deeside Line (ODL) by Stanley Howe NJ9304 : Old Deeside Line by Stanley Howe
NJ9304 : Old Deeside Railway cycle track by Stanley Howe NJ9304 : Down line Old Deeside Railway by Stanley Howe NJ9304 : Umbelliferous flowers by old rail track by Stanley Howe NJ9304 : B9077 road bridge by Stanley Howe NJ9304 : Up-line old Deeside Railway by Stanley Howe
NJ9304 : Down-line old Deeside Railway by Stanley Howe NJ9304 : Approach to a footbridge over the Hardgate by Stanley Howe NJ9304 : New bridge over Hardgate by Stanley Howe NJ9304 : Former Holborn Station by Stanley Howe NJ9304 : Heightened bridge over Hardgate by Stanley Howe
NJ9304 : Down-line of the old Deeside Railway by Stanley Howe NJ9304 : Wild Rose by old Deeside Railway by Stanley Howe NJ9304 : Robin on the up-line by Stanley Howe NJ9304 : Fingerpost on old Deeside Railway by Duthie Park by Stanley Howe

NJ9204 Ruthrieston:
NJ9204 : Ruthrieston station by Peter Ward

NJ9203 Dee Bridge
NJ9203 : Garthdee children's play park from West by Ewen Rennie

NJ9103 Garthdee
NJ9103 : Auchinyell Road, Garthdee by Richard Slessor NJ9103 : Company Crest of Original Deeside Railway Company by Stanley Howe NJ9103 : Old Deeside Line by Stanley Howe
NJ9103 : Down-line old Deeside railway by Stanley Howe NJ9103 : Up-line old Deeside Railway by Stanley Howe

NJ9003 Pitfodels:
NJ9003 : Old Deeside railway line walk, Pitfodels by Lizzie NJ9003 : Pitfodels Station. by Peter Ward NJ9003 : Bridge over the old Deeside Rlwy line on Pitfodels Station Rd. by Peter Ward
NJ9003 : Upline of old Deeside Railway by Stanley Howe NJ9003 : Down-line old Deeside Railway by Stanley Howe

NJ8903 Cults station:
NJ8902 : Cults Station by Peter Ward

NJ8902 Cults:
NJ8902 : Bridge over old Deeside Railway by Stanley Howe NJ8902 : Up-line of old Deeside Railway by Stanley Howe NJ8902 : Down-line of old Deeside Railway by Stanley Howe NJ8902 : Milepost on cycle track at Cults by Stanley Howe

NJ8802 Bieldside station:
NJ8802 : Bieldside Station by Peter Ward

NJ8701 Murtle Station:
NJ8701 : Old Station, Murtle on disused Deeside Railway line by Rod Richmond

NJ8601 Tor na Dee

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