Aberdeen–Inverness line

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Aberdeen–Inverness line
Inverurie railway station.jpg
A ScotRail train at Inverurie station in July 2005
SeestemNational Rail
AwnerNetwork Rail
Operator(s)Abellio ScotRail
Rowin stockClass 158 "Express Sprinter" and Class 170
Line lenth108 mile 21 chain (174.2 km)
Nummer o tracksSingle line with passing loops
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) staundart gauge

The Aberdeen–Inverness line is a railway line in Scotland linking Aberdeen and Inverness.

History[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Inverness and Nairn Railway atween Inverness and Nairn, which opened on 5 November 1855.
  • Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway atween Nairn and Keith which opened in 1858.
  • Great North of Scotland Railway atween Keith and Aberdeen which opened on 19 September 1854, wi the soothren portion (atween Port Elphinstone and Aberdeen Waterloo) bein biggit ower the route o the Aberdeenshire Canal.
A Highland Railway 'Clan Goods' locomotive at Forres in 1948

Most o the line is single-track, ither than the pairt o the line atween Insch and Kennethmont, which is dooble-track.

The first twa pairts o the line merged tae form the Highland Railway. The Highland Railway operated the line frae Inverness tae Keith wi the Great North operating the line frae thare tae Aberdeen. The Highland wis grouped wi ither railways intae the London Midland and Scottish Railway an the Great North wis grouped intae the London and North Eastern Railway bi the Railways Act 1921, afore eventually acomin pairt of British Railways in 1948.

Since 1948[eedit | eedit soorce]

Mony intermediate stations war closed at various dates during the 1950s and 1960s tae baith passenger and goods traffeck. The 1963 Reshaping of British Railways report recommended the closure of Inverurie and Insch stations but thir remain open. Dyce station wis reopened in 1984 tae serve the adjacent Aberdeen Airport.

A new freight interchange kent as Raith's Farm wis opened in 2009 at Dyce.