Some Early Lines, Old Railway Companies, Aberdeen & Turriff Railway, Aberlady, Gullane & North Berwick Railway

Some Early Lines

Old Railway Companies

turriff_railway_station_1900__sTurriff Railway Station c1900 (Gammie).

Aberdeen & Turriff Railway

This was the new title, taken on 19 April 1859, of what had been incorporated as the Banff, Mcduff & Turriff Junction Railway. Its line opened to Gellymill, a farm 1 mile south of Mcduff, on 4 June 1860. The Company was consolidated into the Great North of Scotland Railway by an Act of 30 July, with effect from 1 August.

The Banff, Macduff and Turriff Junction Railway connected the Aberdeenshire town of Turriff with the Great North of Scotland Railway’s (GNSR) main line at Inveramsay. A separate company, the Banff, Macduff and Turriff Extension Railway, built extension to a station called Banff and Macduff. The junction railway, together with the junction station at Inveramsay, opened on 5 September 1857 and the extension opened on 4 June 1860.[1] Both railways were absorbed by the Great North of Scotland Railway on 1 August 1866,[2] and the line was extended 1⁄2-mile (0.80 km) to a new Macduff station in 1872.[3]

Following the grouping in 1923, the line became part of London and North Eastern Railway and was nationalised, becoming part of British Railways. The Macduff branch closed to passengers on 1 October 1951, completely to the north of Turiff on 1 August 1961 and the remaining line on 3 January 1966.[4]

Macduff station, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Photographed prior to WW 2
Original date circa 1900 Author Unknown (scanned from a postcard by Mike Cooper)
Licensing w:en:Creative Commons attribution share alike This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Aberlady, Gullane & North Berwick Railway

Incorporated on 24 August 1893, this line was intended to foster North Berwick as a holiday and golfing resort, but in the event got no further than Gullane (4¾ miles), a railway-owned mini-bus covering the last miles. Opened on 1 April 1898, it was taken over by the North British Railway by an Act of 6 August 1900.  It was connected to the Main Line at Longniddry.

Aberlady Station

Aberlady Station Text


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