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AUCHMACOY - ELLON
(Updated Oct. 2009)
N.B. this is a 1922 map and the main road has changed somewhat from that time,although the country roads
have changed little or not at all.
September 2008. Starting from the old overbridge west of Achmacoy station site. I cycled to the new main road until I reached the junction for the Crawhead road (18) and took that until I came to where
the railway went under the road. Sadly, the railway bridge has been demolished with the road running over a backfill. You can still make out the trackbed running north towards Achmacoy and also south
As you climb up the Crawhead road to where the road bridge was where you can see the trackbed heading south towards Ellon, between the two line of trees.
Right: From the Ex Railway bridge the trackbed heads directly north towards Achmacoy
From the opposite side of the road the trackbed runs south towards Ellon, on a curve. The trackbed is straight ahead but this sandy road drops from the road and onto the trackbed and goes
on to Knap's farm. Right: Down on the trackbed with the farm road going south. Perhaps I should have cycled as far as possible, as I found out Knap have also built a road along the
trackbed to their farm about half a mile south at the next road bridge at Balnacassie
The opposite view showing the track from the road, with the railway trackbed going directly
ahead to where it went below the road bridge, which was at the grassy knoll ahead.
This is as far as I went by bike on this outing as I just managed to miss the heavy rain, which started at this time and got steadily heavier by the time I returned with the bike to David's home.
The remainder of the route into Ellon was walked after taking the bus out to Ellon Park & Ride and searching out the trackbed from there.
From the map you can see that I had to walk back along the northern bypass and take the Balmacassie road to the old railway bridge. This wasn't as far as it looks in the map as the bypass
runs further north than to original main road. However, it was a fair walk back from there along the bypass and through the new northern suburbs of Ellon, but thankfully it was a nice warm,
and sometimes sunny, day.
As at Crawhead, here at Balnacassie you see the line running southwards to Ellon as you climb up to the railway bridge. Right: This must have been what the demolished bridge at Crawhead
would have looked like as you got to it
It was a real surprise when looking from the bridge to the south that the trackbed
up ahead has been tarred over. This deserved a closer look!
Looking south from the road bridge the well defined trackbed runs towards Ellon. Right: A short walk north of the bridge and behind the trackbed expanding Ellon streaches northwards.
This was very empty lansdcape in railway times. Surely the town has expanded enough to warrent a railway one again!
That tarmaced trackbed really got my attention. I had noticed a private road going off at the base of the climb up to the bridge and so I investigated a bit more.....
Right: The new road took me onto the trackbed. here you just see the bridge while the trackbed is heavily overgown at this point
However, follow the road southwards and there is the nicely tarmaced trackbed. Right: Looking back you can see how this section would have looked had not the trackbed been of interest to someone
It would be fantastic if all or most of the branch was like this. Proving what a waste all the 'dead' railways are around the U.K. Right: At this point the tarmaced road turns north up to Knapps Farm. Ahead the
trackbed is left to the overgrowth
The overgrown trackbed as it heads north towards Achmacoy and the demolished bridge at Crawhead, which is only about 3/4 a mile up ahead. Perhaps I could have walked this whole length of trackbed! But of course,
not when it was soaking wet as it was at this time. Right: No mistaking that this had been a railway line. The track came in from the extreme left.
A telephoto shot. Note the Crow sitting on the bridge parapet
A wideangle shot from the same spot. You can just make out the Crow still there! About one pixel in size, I would think!
Back onto the northern bypass and about a mile on the trackbed curves down to meet the new road
It's quite a long-ish sweep and a steady down grade. Right: A telephoto shot of the trackbed with the village of Broomfield in the background
Then suddenly the trackbed comes to a halt, chopped off by the northern bypass.
The actual cut-off by the bypass
On the embankment just prior to the Bypass, where the line came in from
A948 (Bypass) at Knockothie.
On the embankment on the final half mile into Ellon Station.
The embankment is still very much in evidence (Looking North)
Ditto. Just prior to the end of the embankment and the start iof the row of modern houses occupying the track bed as it
follows Hospital Road and nto Ellon Station.
End of the embankment on the north side of Golf Road
The south side of Golf Road. Southwards to the station the way is blocked by new hoiusing upon the old trackbed
Looking northwards along Hospital Road. The houses on the left occupy the old trackbed and the curve of the line.
The trackbed was centered up to this view, running northwards. It ran through the middle of this house, as the old song said!
Opposite view. Looking south the trackbed ran straight ahead as it joined the Fraserburgh branch, which follows the line
of trees on the right, and either ran into the goods yard, on the left or into the large island platform, which is just
behind the two buildings ahead.
From the Fraserburgh trackbed you can follow the old Boddam trackbed as it curved centrally to the house in the
background and central to the photo. This is more or less the point where the junction was.
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