The 29 mile long railway from Dyce to Mintlaw opened on 18 July 1861, with the 13 mile section from Maud to Peterhead opening the following year. The final 15 mile long section north to Fraserburgh opened on 24 April 1865.
The line was built by the Formartine and Buchan Railway Company, which was absorbed by the Great North of Scotland Railway on 30 July 1866. In 1923 the GNoSR was incorporated into the London and North Eastern Railway, which was in turn nationalised on 1 January 1948.
ClosurePassenger services were withdrawn by the Scottish Region of British Railways in 1965 as part of the Beeching cuts. Freight trains continued to operate to Peterhead until 1970 and Fraserburgh until 1979. The track was subsequently lifted and much of the route now forms the Formartine and Buchan Way, a long distance footpath and cycle path.
Above and below are two cottages that once were stations. You can still see the platforms.
The Dawn Patroller accesses the railway line just up the road and cycles to Tesco in Fraserburgh for the Sunday papers.
Health and Safety gone mad. Cyclists have to manoeuvre over a cart track before rejoining the 'railway'. Therefore they are instructed to dismount in case they didnt notice a tractor or a combine harvester about to mow them down. As if.
This is Maud Railway Station. Also the museum. It opens on odd weekends in the Summer. Run totally by volunteers. Maud became a great success in the heyday of the working railway line and had an auction mart. This has had to be transformed and is now a health centre and community cafe among other things. NEOS (North East Open Studios) had a variety of artists exhibiting there.
I just may get to do the same......
Not as blurred in real life I hasten to add. But you get the picture. Ha.