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The Great North Of Scotland Railway


In Northeast Scotland, the Great North of Scotland Railway was founded in 1845 and began to build a track from Aberdeen towards Elgin. It was not until 1854 that it reached Huntly. At this time there was great confidence in the future of railways and people rushed to invest in a number of North-east companies that were set up to build branch lines which would connect with the GNSR. Thus, by the 1870s, Aberchirder was within ten miles of branch line stations at Cornhill, Turriff, Banff and Macduff as well as the main Aberdeen-Inverness line at Huntly.

Great North of Scotland Railway locomotive No. 45A pulling a train at the Stockton – Darlington celebrations in 1925. This is what trains on the Aberdeen – Inverness line looked like in the late 19th Century.


(The number 48 on the front of the locomotive referred to its place in the cavalcade.)