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ELLON TO DYCE Rlwy WALK
30th Sept 2014

By Bill Reid

It was 50 years to the month when I last worked over the Dyce to Fraserburgh and Peterhead lines as a secondman on the disel trains and I was very interested in finding out
just how much was left to see. Thankfully the whole of the route between Dyce and Petehead has been has been turned into an official Walk, Cycle and Horse Riding path
and is easy to walk. While the route northwards  from Ellon has also  been conveted there are some sections that have still been left a bit rough. In this instance I was only
interesed in the 15 miles from Ellon to Dyce. Maud, Strichen and Frasrburgh will haveto wait until another time.

The Stations enroute are: Ellon, Esslemont, Logiereive, Udney, Newmachar and Dyce Junction. Platforms and station buildings are all still in situe and are in use as private
dwellings. Ellon Viaduct is also very much in situe and has nice vews over south Ellon and the River Don. The other viaduct, over the River Don at Dyce has been demolished
and replaced with a rather timid looking path. A number of Ex level crossings still have their gates and posts. Mosstown in particular has large round  metal posts that are a
little unusual.

The name Udney Station is still in use as this is also the name of the village that built up around the station, Therefore you will see road signposts directing you to Udney
Station, which is still correct in that respect. Logiereive still has it's clock on the building wall. Not working, of course.

The line runs through mainly farmland and low rolling hills, which has some really fine views. The highest point is Benachie, which is always in the background to the south-west.

                                                                ELLON TO LOGIEREIVE

 
Station Road Ellon where a bridge spanned the road. The station was on the right (north side) of the bridge. My walk started on the south side where a marked sign leads up to the track bed.

 
Fom the missing bridge at South end of Ellon station site. First north towards Station Road then south towards the viaduct and Dyce.

 
Left: Southwards with the open coutryside on th west side of the track bed.                                                                               Right: Northwards with west Ellon left of centre.

 
Ellon Viaduct (East side) looking westwards over the River Ythan.

 
Left: The path that leds too and from the track bed.                                                                                                     Right: View westwards from the north end of the viaduct.

 
Left: Remains of a mile post.   Ellon station was 13 and a quarter miles from Dyce so this would have been the 13 mile post.                    Right: Telegraph pole with multi line fittings.

 
Left: Towards Dyce.                                                                                                                                Right: View westwards over the viaduct and the River Ythan, towards West Ellon. (Pronounced "Eye-Than").

 
Left: Atmospheric Spring morning misty view, eastwards from the viaduct with the river Ythan wandering it's way to the coast at Newburgh.
Right: Looking along the viaduct towards Ellon.

 
Left: Northwards towards Ellon.                                                                                                                     Right: View westwards over the viaduct and south of the river.

 
Wide angle views along the whole length of the viaduct, towards Ellon. 

 
Left: Steam passenger train on the viaduct. (GNSRS Photo).                                                                                       Right: Viaduct Inspection in the 70's.  From Flickr.
The viaduct had only three arches when built but due to ground displacement at the south end a fourth arch was built.

 
South end of the viaduct lookng oth towards Dyce.                                                                                  Right: View from the south end of the viaduct towards Dyce.


Unusual metal post. Not sure what this was use for.

 
Views south and westwards approaching South Ellon.

 
Left: New housing estate at the south end of the viaduct.                                                                             Right: Demolished  over bridge site at Ellon South.

 
Demolished  over bridge at South Ellon. Riverdrive Road. 
Left: Towards Dyce.                                                                                                                                                                    Right: Towards Ellon.


Demolished  over bridge at South Ellon. Riverside Road. Towards Ellon.

 

 
Looking across Riverside Road with the track bed continuing south towards Esslemont.


Looking northwards across Riverside Road towards Ellon.


Route Guide at Riverside Road.

 
Farm on the west side of the track bed.                                                                                                                  Right: Looking back towards Ellon.

  

 

 

 
Approaching the road bridge over the A920 (Southwards).

 
This bridge is on the A920 approx. half a mile east of Esslemont village. Looking southwards.

 
Bridge identification number.

 
Left: Cycling towards Esslemont.                                                                                                                         Right: North side of the bridge. Southwards toward Ellon.

 
Left: North side of the bridge, towards Ellon.                                                                                                                     Right: From the south side of the bridge, towards Dyce.

    

 
Left: Towards Dyce. Approaching Esslemont station site.                                                                                                                     Right: Same spot. Back towards Ellon.


Esslemont Station. I had one trip as a secondsman where we had to shunt this yard. The points were operated by the
guard using a key attached to the single line token. 
(NSLMaps). 11 and a half miles from Dyce.

    
North end of the Down platform looking south.

 
Ditto

 

 
North end of the platform. Remains of a metal station sign post..

 
An Ex Station Building on the Down platform, used as a garage.

 
The Down Platform and station building. A Garage has been added. (11 and a half Miles from Dyce). This is a private dwelling house.

 
Left: Front of the station building.                                                                                                                          Right: Entrance to the Goods Yard.

 

 
Left: ,LNER Notice Board. From the Grouping of 1928 and not changed to BR after 1948.                                                 Right: Interesting heavy metal built gate post.

 
Station entrance from road.

 

 
Left: Between the two platforms looking southwards towards Ellon.                                                   Right: Remains ofthe Up platform.

 
Station side of the platform building and house.

 
Left: View looking northwards.                                                                                                                            Right: View looking southwards.

  
The space for the original signalling rods and angle joints is till in place below the Down Down platform.

 
Left: View from around the same spot as the old photo to the right. The points into the goods siding would have been here, turning left into the siding.  Right: Esslemont station in the 60's. You can see the rod & angle
cut-out at the north end of the platform. The Goods yard is on the left. On the right is the remains of the Up platform, which also had a bay platform edge to the right. The 'today' photo shows how over grown
this spot is today. Perhaps the patform is still there! GNSR Photo.

 
Left: View from around the same spot as the old photo to the right. The points into the goods siding would have been here, turning left into the siding.  Right: Esslemont station in the 60's. You can see the rod & angle
cut-out at the north end of the platform. The Goods yard is on the left. On the right is the remains of the Up platform, which also had a bay platform edge to the right. The 'today' photo shows how over grown
this spot is today. Perhaps the patform is still there! (G. H. Robins. Railscot Photo).

 
Looking south from the southern end of the station.

 
Looking south from the southern end of the station.


View westwards. Just to the south of Esslemont.

 

 
A burn runs below the track bed in a culvert. First eastwards then westwards.

 
Left: Southwards towards Logierieve.                                                                                                                                     Right: Back towards Ellon.


Towards Logierieve.


Cyclists head south towards Logierieve.

 
Left: Back towards Ellon.                                                                                                                                                Right: Southwards towards Logierieve.


Ex Farm level crossing.

 
Farm crossing remains. Apprx. half a mile south of Esslemont.                                                                      Up & Down side gate posts respectfully.

 
West and east side views from the track bed. Right: Towards Ellon.

   
Another burn below the track bed. Up & Down directions respectfully.

 
Left: An old farm building on the down side of the track bed.                                                                                                Right: The lake formed by the Burn. East side.

 
 Farm work continues. A tractor ploughing on the Down side of the track bed. 

 
Right: The burn runs eastwards and forms the lake up ahead.


Towards Logierieve. Farm veihicles obvioulsy use this path a lot.

 

 
Remains of a farm crossing. (Up side).                                                                                                                         Right: Close Up.

 
The road above runs between farms through open country linking the A920 and the B9000.

 
Left: Unusal round edged bridge sides.                                                                                                        Right: Remains of telegraph insulators. North side.

 
Left: Road over bridge to the north of Logiereive. The north side remains of the telegraph insulators.                                                                         Right: View back towards Ellon.

 

  
Colourful wooded area to the north of Logiereive. Up & Down veiws respectfully.

 
A farm crossing just north of Logierieve station site.


Wire tensioning post and original gate.

 
Left: Track bed towards Esslemont.                                                                                                                                 Right: Towards Udney.

 
The B9000 over bridge at the north end of Logierieve station. Looking southwards.

 
Left: View northwards from the road bridge.                                                                                             Right: Looking southwards with the station and platform hidden in the overgrowth.

 
Left: Logiereive looking south from the overbridge. The platform edge can just be seen in the trees. Right: Logiereive station,
looking south from the same spot in the 50's. The signalbox is at the north end
of the station and you see the stop block at
the north end of the Goods siding. Freight had to be shunted back into the Goods siding at the south end. GNSRS Photo.

Logierieve Station (NSL Map).

 
Logierieve Station Site. Looking southwards from below the road bridge.                                                                    Right: Up platform. The Goods Siding was on the right.


The station had only one platform with a Goods siding, on the right, was worked only
from the north
direction facing points, with a stop block at the north end.

 
South side of the road bridge. Looking northwards.

 
Left. Towards Ellon.                                                                                                                                              Right: Towards Dyce.

 
The station house is a private dewlling.

 
The clock almost looks as if it could still be working.

 
Left: South end of the station platform where the signalbox stood, with the Goods siding to the right.                              Right: The station building and Up Platform. Looking towards Ellon.

 
Left: Towards Udny.                                                                                                                          Right: A wooden bridge across a Burn. On the Down side.


Logierieve Goods Siding entrance (Goggle Earth).

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LOGIERIEVE TO UDNEY STATION

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