Saturday, 7 February 2009


Keith station, on what was to become the main line from Aberdeen to Inverness, had opened in 1856 (see 1B) and the Highland Railway section of the line from Elgin to Keith opened in 1858. The Keith & Dufftown Railway was authorised in 1857, opened in 1862 and amalgamated with the GNoSR in 1862. The branch was later extended in sections through to Boat of Garten to join up with the Highland Railway route from Aviemore to Forres.

The line closed to passengers on 6/5/68 and to goods in 1991. It was restored and reopened by volunteers in 2000-1 and now operates as a preserved line bearing its former name, the Keith & Dufftown Railway.


Authorised: 27/7/1857
Altered route authorised: 25/5/1860
Almagamated with the GNoSR: 1/8/1866

Keith - Dufftown: 21/2/1862

Keith - Dufftown
6/5/68 (passengers)
1991 (goods/completely)

Keith Town - Dufftown

131 EARLSMILL (P/CC 6/5/68) no goods*
(RN KEITH TOWN 1/5/1897)
132 AUCHINDACHY (G 20/4/64 P/CC 6/5/68)**
133 TOWIEMORE (G 2/11/64 P/CC 6/5/68)***
134 DRUMMUIR (G 15/6/64 P/CC 6/5/68)****
P 6/5/68 G 11/1/85***** CC 1991)

*: except to Chivas Royal distillery on outskirts of Keith
**: known as Botriphnie until 10/1862
***: G 2/11/64 except private sidings, since closed. Unstaffed from 27/2/67
****: Unstaffed from 27/2/67
*****: Remained in use for occasional trains to the Glenfiddich distillery. Summer excursion trains introduced 1984. Line closed completely 1991.

Station openings
All stations opened on 21/2/1862 except Towiemore, a distillery halt opened by the LNER in 1937.

Intermediate stations closed to goods at various dates in 1964 but Dufftown remained open until 1985. The line remained open to distillery traffic outside Keith and for excursion and special trains to Dufftown until 1991. It was reopened in 2000-1.

The 11-mile branch reopened in 2000-1 and operates as a preserved railway, with stations at KEITH TOWN, DRUMMUIR and DUFFTOWN, although there is no longer any rail connection to the main line and station at Keith.

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