Formartine and Buchan (Rail)Way

Formartine and Buchan (Rail)Way

On 27th March 1963, Dr Beeching unleashed his infamous report, ’The Reshaping of British Railways’. Its devastating aim was profitability - to eliminate the nationalised railway’s financial losses by discontinuing ‘uneconomic’ routes. Savage cuts were then implemented to lifeline services on the rail network in rural areas. 5000 miles of track were closed; a third of all train stations shut down, and thousands of jobs were axed. Among many Scottish casualties were the Aberdeen-Fraserburgh and Maud-Peterhead rail lines. The Formartine and Buchan (F&B) line closed in 1979. Passenger services had ended in 1965: May 2nd was the 50th anniversary of the last passenger trains to Peterhead and St Combs.
Reinstating the 14 mile long rail line from Dyce to Ellon as part of the £3.9billion Aberdeen City Region Deal has been suggested by Green Councillor Martin Ford and Democratic Independent Councillor Paul Johnston.
White Horse, Mormond Hill from Formartine & Buchan Way.

Maud Railway museum houses a large number of items and photographs relating to the F&B line.
April 24th 2015 was the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Maud-Fraserburgh section of the line. The F&B line
Formartine & Buchan Way at Logierieve
is now the Formartine and Buchan Way, a walking and cycling path following the railway’s former route.

Walkingtheline is the most informative website on this subject.

A new book has been produced about the Formartine and Buchan Way, also called Walking the Line. Written by Janet M McLeman and published by the Great North of Scotland Railway Association, it is a mix of railway memorabilia, local history and natural history. The book will be of interest to those who recall the days before the closure of the line as well as those who enjoy its recreational facilities. Walking the Line: A Curious Walkers guide to the Formartine and Buchan Way describes what can be seen on and near the Way.

Fraserburgh Train Station footage to Runrig's 'The Old Boys'


Monday October 5th marked the 50th anniversary of the last train to pass through Maud Station - the last Fraserburgh passenger service. Situated on the popular walking route and former train line, the Formartine and Buchan Way, the Maud Railway Museum displays artifacts and photos from the era when steam trains dominated the local countryside.

The former Buchan and Formartine line has attracted fresh attention recently with the revelation that Peterhead and Fraserburgh are now further from the national railway network than any other towns of a similar size in Britain. Research to mark completion of the new Borders Railway renewed calls for the train line to reinstated to North-East Scotland.
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Formartine and Buchan (Rail)Way

Formartine and Buchan (Rail)Way

On 27th March 1963, Dr Beeching unleashed his infamous report, ’The Reshaping of British Railways’. Its devastating aim was profitability - to eliminate the nationalised railway’s financial losses by discontinuing ‘uneconomic’ routes. Savage cuts were then implemented to lifeline services on the rail network in rural areas. 5000 miles of track were closed; a third of all train stations shut down, and thousands of jobs were axed. Among many Scottish casualties were the Aberdeen-Fraserburgh and Maud-Peterhead rail lines. The Formartine and Buchan (F&B) line closed in 1979. Passenger services had ended in 1965: May 2nd was the 50th anniversary of the last passenger trains to Peterhead and St Combs.
Reinstating the 14 mile long rail line from Dyce to Ellon as part of the £3.9billion Aberdeen City Region Deal has been suggested by Green Councillor Martin Ford and Democratic Independent Councillor Paul Johnston.
White Horse, Mormond Hill from Formartine & Buchan Way.

Maud Railway museum houses a large number of items and photographs relating to the F&B line.
April 24th 2015 was the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Maud-Fraserburgh section of the line. The F&B line
Formartine & Buchan Way at Logierieve
is now the Formartine and Buchan Way, a walking and cycling path following the railway’s former route.

Walkingtheline is the most informative website on this subject.

A new book has been produced about the Formartine and Buchan Way, also called Walking the Line. Written by Janet M McLeman and published by the Great North of Scotland Railway Association, it is a mix of railway memorabilia, local history and natural history. The book will be of interest to those who recall the days before the closure of the line as well as those who enjoy its recreational facilities. Walking the Line: A Curious Walkers guide to the Formartine and Buchan Way describes what can be seen on and near the Way.

Fraserburgh Train Station footage to Runrig's 'The Old Boys'


Monday October 5th marked the 50th anniversary of the last train to pass through Maud Station - the last Fraserburgh passenger service. Situated on the popular walking route and former train line, the Formartine and Buchan Way, the Maud Railway Museum displays artifacts and photos from the era when steam trains dominated the local countryside.

The former Buchan and Formartine line has attracted fresh attention recently with the revelation that Peterhead and Fraserburgh are now further from the national railway network than any other towns of a similar size in Britain. Research to mark completion of the new Borders Railway renewed calls for the train line to reinstated to North-East Scotland.
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