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Chronology for Great North of Scotland Railway

//1845Great North of Scotland RailwayCompany formed.
26/6/1846Great North of Scotland RailwayAct receives Royal assent.
The route was to be Aberdeen to Inverness with Grange to Banff and Portsoy, Orton to Garmouth, Alves to Burghhead branches.
//1847Aberdeen Railway
Great North of Scotland Railway
Fusion Act made available to merge the Aberdeen Railway with the Great North of Scotland Railway (not used)
//1849Great North of Scotland RailwayShortened route from Keith to Kittybrewster proposed.
//1850Great North of Scotland RailwayAuthorisation to extend the line from Kittybrewster to Guild Street given. This was allowed to lapse.
25/11/1852Great North of Scotland RailwayFirst Sod cut at Westhall near Oyne.
//1854Great North of Scotland RailwayAuthorisation to build line from Kittybrewster to Aberdeen Waterloo given.
1/12/1854Great North of Scotland RailwayKinaldie, Buchanstone and Wardhouse opened.
/9/1854Great North of Scotland RailwayHuntly to Kittybrewster inspected.
12/9/1854Great North of Scotland RailwayHuntly to Kittybrewster opened to freight. Passing places at: Kittybrewster, Kintore, Inverurie, Insch and Huntly.
19/9/1854Great North of Scotland RailwayHuntly to Kittybrewster official opening.
20/9/1854Great North of Scotland RailwayHuntly to Kittybrewster opened to passengers. Stations at: Kittybrewster, Buxsburn, Dyce, Kintore, Inverurie, Pitcaple, Oyne, Insch, Kennethmont, Gartly, Huntly
20/9/1854Great North of Scotland RailwayAberdeen Kittybrewster opened.
25/5/1855Great North of Scotland RailwayKeith to Huntly authorised.
24/9/1855Great North of Scotland RailwayKittybrewster to Aberdeen Waterloo opened to goods. Kittybrewster rebuilt on Waterloo line.
10/10/1856Great North of Scotland RailwayHuntly to Keith opened. Stations at: Huntly, Rothiemay, Grange and Keith.
1/4/1856Great North of Scotland RailwayKittybrewster to Waterloo opened completely (with horse tramway to the Aberdeen Railways terminus at Guild street).
1/4/1856Great North of Scotland RailwayAberdeen Kittybrewster closed.
1/4/1856Great North of Scotland RailwayAberdeen Waterloo opened.
//1857Great North of Scotland RailwayInveramsay opened.
//1858Great North of Scotland RailwayWoodside opened.
//1860Great North of Scotland RailwayGreat North of Scotland Railway sells its Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway shares.
//1860Great North of Scotland RailwayKittybrewster to Dyce doubled (but not used).
18/7/1861Great North of Scotland RailwayDouble track from Kittybrewster to Dyce brought into use on opened of Formartine and Buchan Railway.
1/7/1863Montrose and Bervie Railway
Great North of Scotland Railway
Aberdeen Junction Railway
Circumbendibus project proposed between the Great North of Scotland Railway and the Montrose and Bervie Railway to provide a new route to the south. This receives Royal assent and would have been called the Aberdeen Junction Railway.
1/7/1863Montrose and Bervie Railway
Great North of Scotland Railway
Aberdeen Junction Railway
Circumbendibus project (Aberdeen Junction Railway) project abandoned. Montrose and Bervie Railway shares sold by the Great North of Scotland Railway.
//1865Great North of Scotland RailwayFinancial difficulties arise - no share dividends paid until 1874.
//1866Great North of Scotland RailwayBuchanstone closed.
30/7/1866Banff Macduff and Turriff Junction Railway
Banff Macduff and Turriff Extension Railway
Great North of Scotland Railway
Aberdeen and Turriff Railway absorbed by Great North of Scotland Railway.
30/7/1866Inverury and Old Meldrum Junction Railway
Great North of Scotland Railway
Inverury and Old Meldrum Junction Railway absorbed by Great North of Scotland Railway. (Alternative date 14/6/1858).
30/7/1866Alford Valley Railway
Great North of Scotland Railway
Alford Valley Railway absorbed by Great North of Scotland Railway.
30/7/1866Keith and Dufftown Railway
Great North of Scotland Railway
Keith and Dufftown Railway absorbed by Great North of Scotland Railway.
30/7/1866Formartine and Buchan Railway
Great North of Scotland Railway
Formartine and Buchan Railway absorbed by Great North of Scotland Railway.
30/7/1866Strathspey Railway
Great North of Scotland Railway
Strathspey Railway absorbed by Great North of Scotland Railway.
30/7/1866Deeside Railway
Deeside Extension Railway
Aboyne and Braemar Railway
Great North of Scotland Railway
Deeside lines leased for 999 years by Great North of Scotland Railway.
4/11/1867Great North of Scotland RailwayAberdeen Waterloo closed on the opening of the Denburn Valley Line from Kittybrewster to Aberdeen Joint.
12/8/1867Banff Portsoy and Strathisla Railway
Great North of Scotland Railway
Banffshire Railway absorbed by Great North of Scotland Railway.
//1874Great North of Scotland RailwayFirst share dividends since 1865 paid.
//1874Great North of Scotland RailwayPitmeddan opened.
1/10/1875Deeside Railway
Great North of Scotland Railway
Deeside Railway absorbed by Great North of Scotland Railway. (Alternative date 1/8/1875).
1/8/1875Deeside Extension Railway
Great North of Scotland Railway
Deeside Extension Railway absorbed by Great North of Scotland Railway.
31/1/1876Aboyne and Braemar Railway
Great North of Scotland Railway
Aboyne and Braemar Railway absorbed by the Great North of Scotland Railway.
1/7/1880Great North of Scotland RailwayDoubled Dyce to Kintore opened.
11/8/1881Morayshire Railway
Great North of Scotland Railway
Morayshire Railway absorbed by Great North of Scotland Railway. (Alternative date: 1880).
//1882Great North of Scotland RailwayDon Street, Bankhead and Stoneywood opened.
1/5/1882Great North of Scotland RailwayDoubled Kintore to Inveramsay opened.
1/4/1884Moray Coast Railway (Great North of Scotland Railway)Portsoy to Tochieneal opened. Stations opened: Portsoy (New), Glassaugh and Tochieneal.
12/8/1885Moray Coast Railway (Great North of Scotland Railway)Lossie Junction (Morayshire Railway]) to Garmouth opened. Stations opened: Calcots, Urquhart and Garmouth.
1/5/1886Moray Coast Railway (Great North of Scotland Railway)Tochieneal to Garmouth opened. Stations opened: Cullen, Portknockie, Findochty, Portessie, Buckie, Nether Buckie, Port Gordon and Fochabers.
1/5/1886Banff Portsoy and Strathisla Railway
Moray Coast Railway (Great North of Scotland Railway)
Grange curve opened.
//1887Moray Coast Railway (Great North of Scotland Railway)Nether Buckie renamed Buckpool.
/7/1887Great North of Scotland RailwayAberdeen Suburban service begins; Bankend and Stoneywood opened. (Alternative date for station openings 1882).
19/7/1887Banff Portsoy and Strathisla Railway
Moray Coast Railway (Great North of Scotland Railway)
Grange curve authorised retrospectively.
1/1/1888Great North of Scotland RailwayHutcheon Street and Don Street opened.
27/10/1888Great North of Scotland RailwayDoubled Inveramsay to Insch opened.
//1890Great North of Scotland RailwayForms Hotel Committee.
//1891Great North of Scotland Railway
Palace Hotel
The railway buys the hotel.
22/8/1891Great North of Scotland RailwayPalace Hotel, Aberdeen, opened.
//1893Great North of Scotland RailwaySchoolhill opened.
//1894Great North of Scotland Railway
Deeside Railway
Aberdeen suburban service extended to Culter on the Deeside Railway. Holburn Street, Pitfodels and West Cults stations opened.
30/11/1896Great North of Scotland RailwayDoubled Gartly to Huntly opened.
1/8/1896Great North of Scotland RailwayDoubled Insch to Kennethmont opened.
20/9/1896Great North of Scotland RailwayDoubled Kennethmont to Gartly opened.
//1897Great North of Scotland RailwayBuxsburn renamed Bucksburn.
2/8/1897Great North of Scotland RailwayBoddam Branch opened to passengers.
//1898Great North of Scotland RailwayCairnie Junction station opened to save dividing trains for portions for the Banff Portsoy and Strathisla Railway at Huntly.
17/1/1898Great North of Scotland RailwayDoubled Rothiemay to Keith opened.
17/1/1898Banff Portsoy and Strathisla Railway
Moray Coast Railway (Great North of Scotland Railway)
Doubled Grange Curve, North Grange to South Grange, opened.
17/1/1898Great North of Scotland RailwayDoubled Huntly to Avochie signal box (near Rothiemay) opened.
/6/1899Boddam Branch (Great North of Scotland Railway)Cruden Bay Hotel and tramway opened.
8/9/1899St Combs Light Railway (Great North of Scotland Railway)Line authorised.
//1900Great North of Scotland RailwayDoubled Rothiemay to Avochie opened.
//1901Great North of Scotland RailwayInverurie works - Carriages - opened.
//1902Great North of Scotland RailwayInverurie works - Locomotives - opened.
//1902Great North of Scotland RailwayElgin station re-built.
10/2/1902Great North of Scotland RailwayInverurie (New) opened.
10/2/1902Great North of Scotland Railway
Inverury and Old Meldrum Junction Railway
Inverurie (New) station opened further north. The new station had a bay platform for the Old Meldrum trains.
//1903Great North of Scotland RailwayPersley opened.
//1903Great North of Scotland Railway
Alford Valley Railway
Inverury and Old Meldrum Junction Railway
St Combs Light Railway (Great North of Scotland Railway)
Railcars used on the Alford, Lossiemouth, Old Meldrum and St Combs lines.
/7/1903St Combs Light Railway (Great North of Scotland Railway)Kirkton Bridge opened.
//1904Great North of Scotland RailwayRailcars scrapped.
//1905Great North of Scotland RailwayInverurie works - Permanent Way - opened.
//1906Great North of Scotland Railway
Highland Railway
Amalgamation of the Great North of Scotland Railway with the Highland Railway falls through.
//1918Moray Coast Railway (Great North of Scotland Railway)Fochabers renamed Spey Bay.
1/1/1923North British Railway
Edinburgh and Bathgate Railway
Great North of Scotland Railway
Forth and Clyde Junction Railway
Kilsyth and Bonnybridge Railway
Gifford and Garvald Railway
Newburgh and North Fife Railway
Lauder Light Railway
Great Central Railway
Grouped into London and North Eastern Railway.
31/10/1932Boddam Branch (Great North of Scotland Railway)Boddam to Ellon and Cruden Bay Hotel Tramway closed to passengers.
//1941Boddam Branch (Great North of Scotland Railway)Cruden Bay Hotel Tramway closed to all traffic.
//1945Boddam Branch (Great North of Scotland Railway)Line closed completely. Stations used as railway offices.
//1945Boddam Branch (Great North of Scotland Railway)Entire line occupied by wagons awaiting repair.
//1947Boddam Branch (Great North of Scotland Railway)Cruden Bay Hotel demolished from 1947 to 1952. Remains used to build Charles Alexanders house at Bush near Montrose.
31/12/1948Boddam Branch (Great North of Scotland Railway)Boddam to Ellon officially closed.
//1950Boddam Branch (Great North of Scotland Railway)Track lifted.
7/11/1960St Combs Light Railway (Great North of Scotland Railway)St Combs to Fraserburgh closed to freight.
20/4/1964Moray Coast Railway (Great North of Scotland Railway Company)Lossie Junction to Buckie closed to freight.
4/5/1964St Combs Light Railway (Great North of Scotland Railway)St Combs to Fraserburgh closed to passengers. (Alternative date 3/5/1964).
6/5/1968Banff Portsoy and Strathisla Railway
Moray Coast Railway (Great North of Scotland Railway)
Morayshire Railway
Elgin to Buckie to Cairnie Junction closed to passengers.
6/5/1968Banff Portsoy and Strathisla Railway
Moray Coast Railway (Great North of Scotland Railway)
Buckie to Cairnie Junction closed to all traffic.
//1980Boddam Branch (Great North of Scotland Railway)Narrow-gauge Port Errol Railway (Cruden Bay to Slains Castle) opened.
//1984Boddam Branch (Great North of Scotland Railway)Port Errol Railway track moved to Banff to become the West Buchan Railway.
//1999Great North of Scotland RailwayListed, but decrepit, station buildings at Huntly replaced with new building.
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