Towiemore Halt railway station

Towiemore Halt railway station served the hamlet of Towiemore and its distillery as a private and later as a public halt in Moray, Scotland, from 1937 to 1968 on the Keith and Dufftown Railway. The line was re-opened in 2001 and the station is now a request stop.

Towiemore Halt
LocationTowiemore, Moray
Scotland
Coordinates57°29′47″N 3°00′41″W / 57.49636°N 3.01148°W / 57.49636; -3.01148Coordinates: 57°29′47″N 3°00′41″W / 57.49636°N 3.01148°W / 57.49636; -3.01148
Platforms1
Other information
StatusDisused
History
Post-groupingLNER
British Rail (Scottish Region)
Key dates
9 June 1924opened for workmen
July 1937 (1937-07)[1]Public Opening
1938Name changed to Towiemore Halt
6 May 1968[1]Closed
2001Re-opened

HistoryEdit

The Drummuir Lime Kiln Sidings were opened on 1 June 1863, known by 1884 as Botriphine after the name of the parish. The sidings were closed in 1890.[2] The sidings were re-opened on 1 January 1898 as Towiemore. From 9 June 1924 distillery workers were able to use a small platform at the site and in July 1937 the station opened to the public with its name appearing on the London and North Eastern Railway timetables as Towiemore. The suffix 'halt' was added to its name in 1938.[3] Additional sidings were added when the Towiemore Distillery opened,[2] however it closed in 1930, only the maltings being retained, for a time.

The station was closed to both passengers and goods traffic in 1968. Only traces of the old platform now remain.[4] It was re-opened in 2001 by the Keith and Dufftown Railway on the new heritage line.[5]

InfrastructureEdit

In 1883 Botriphine Siding signal box opened, closed in 1890 but re-opened in 1895 with the establishment of Towiemore Distillery. In 1896 the signalbox was replaced with a groundframe.[6] In 1902 the distillery was served by three sidings from the north.[7]

The station stood as a wooden platform on the northern side of the single track main line with a short platform and a Great North of Scotland Railway coach body was used as a shelter, etc. The coach body remained in situ until the 1980s when it was purchased by a local farmer and used as a hen house.[2]

By 2001 the line had re-opened and a request halt with a short platform and a basic shelter had been built.[5]

ServicesEdit

Towiemore is a regular timetabled request stop for trains during the operating season with three trains a day in each direction (datum 2019).[8]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Butt 1995, p. 232.
  2. ^ a b c Smith, Ron (2002). The Railway Spirit. Train Life in Whisky Culture. Keith and Dufftown Railway Association. p. 62. ISBN 0-901845-22-1.
  3. ^ Quick, M E (2002). Railway passenger stations in England, Scotland and Wales - a chronology. Richmond: Railway and Canal Historical Society. p. 400. OCLC 931112387.
  4. ^ "RAILSCOT - Towiemore Halt". Railscot. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  5. ^ a b McKenzie, Ian and Coull, Alistair. (2016). The Whisky Line. A Guide to the Keith and Dufftown Railway. The Keith & Dufftown Railway Association. p.22
  6. ^ RailScot Towiemore Halt railway station
  7. ^ Banffshire Sheet XIX.SE (includes: Botriphnie) Publication date: 1905 Date revised: 1902.
  8. ^ Train times on the Keith & Dufftown Railway.

ReferencesEdit

  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.

External linksEdit

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Drummuir   London and North Eastern Railway
Keith and Dufftown Railway
  Auchindachy
Station closed