Linksfield railway station

Linksfield Level Crossing railway station[1] or Linksfield railway station[2] served the local rural area just north of Elgin, Moray, Scotland from 1852 to 1859 on the Morayshire Railway. The line joined the Moray Coast Railway at Lossie Junction[3] and trains ran on to the old Elgin (East) railway station.

Linksfield Level Crossing
LocationElgin, Moray
Scotland
Coordinates57°39′54″N 3°17′26″W / 57.6651°N 3.2906°W / 57.6651; -3.2906Coordinates: 57°39′54″N 3°17′26″W / 57.6651°N 3.2906°W / 57.6651; -3.2906
Grid referenceNJ231646
Platforms1
Other information
StatusDisused
History
Original companyMorayshire Railway
Pre-groupingGreat North of Scotland Railway
Post-groupingLNER
Key dates
10 August 1852 (1852-08-10)[1]Station opened
December 1859 (1859-12)[1]Station closed to passengers and goods traffic

HistoryEdit

 
Linksfield seen from just to the west of the old station.

The station was opened on 10 August 1852 by the Morayshire Railway and was closed to passengers in December 1859. One reference gives its dates as 1853 to 1898 with it remaining as an unadvertised halt from 1859.[4] The line closed to both passengers and goods traffic on 6 April 1964.[1] One reference gives goods traffic continuing on the line until 1966.[5]

InfrastructureEdit

Linksfield Level Crossing was a halt located about half a mile north of Lossie Junction on a single track line with one very short platform on the east side of the track.[4][6] In 1870 the platform was marked on the OS map lying just south of a level crossing that once stood near Maryfield and Muir of Linksfield Farms.[7] The old gatehouse for Spynie House stands opposite and the presence of the estate may have been expected to create enough passenger traffic to justify a station in 1852.

No signalling or sidings are shown on OS maps at the station, however a building is shown that may have been a shelter for the crossing keeper[7][6] and a signal for Lossie Junction lay to the south.[3] A small square building is shown near the 1/2 mile post on the east side of the track.[8]

RemainsEdit

Nothing now remains of the station, however much of the old trackbed towards Lossiemouth can be walked.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 143. ISBN 1-85260-508-1.
  2. ^ Alphabetical List of GNoSR stations
  3. ^ a b Maxtone 2005, p. 11.
  4. ^ a b RailScot Linksfield Level Crossing
  5. ^ a b Heritage Paths
  6. ^ a b OS Six-inch 1st edition, 1843-1882
  7. ^ a b Elginshire VII.8 (Spynie & St Andrews Lhanbryd - Combined) Survey date: 1870 Publication date: 1881
  8. ^ NJ2264-NJ2364 - AA - Surveyed/Revised: 1964, Published:1965

SourcesEdit

  • Maxtone, G.R. (2005). The Railways of the Banff & Moray Coast. Keith & Dufftown Railway Association. ISBN 0-9547346-1-0.

External linksEdit

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Greens of Drainie
Line and station closed
  Morayshire Railway   Lossie Junction
Line and station closed