Old Photograph Steam Locomotive Deeside Railway Scotland

Old photograph of a steam locomotive on the Deeside Railway in Scotland. The Deeside Railway was a passenger and goods railway between Aberdeen and Ballater in Aberdeenshire. Opening in 1853 to Banchory, an extension reached Aboyne in 1859. A separate company, the Aboyne and Braemar Railway, built an extension to Ballater and this opened in 1866. The line was used by the Royal Train for travel to and from Balmoral Castle from 1853 and a special Messenger Train ran daily when the Royal Family was in residence. The railways were absorbed by the Great North of Scotland Railway on 1 August 1875 for the Deeside Railway and 31 January 1876 for the Aboyne & Braemar. The line became part of the London and North Eastern Railway in 1923, and part of British Railways when nationalised in 1948. The line was closed, to Ballater on 18 July 1966 and to Culter on 2 January 1967.

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