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STRICHEN TO FRASERBURGH WALK

(2nd of October 2015)

PHILORTH HALT TO FRASERBURGH

From just north of Rathan it is almost dead straight all the way to approching Fraserburgh. There are a number of long straights over the route but this last
2-3 miles just seemed to go on forever as you could see just about every step you have to make in front of you and into the distance.

 
The Kirkton end of Fraserburgth.

 
Approaching the golf, Club House to the south of Fraserburgh.

 
Left: Back towards Philorth Halt.                                                          Right: Passing the club houe and up to the level crossing.

 
Left: back, along past the Club House, towards Philorth Halt.                  Right: Northwards towards the present road crossing.

 

 
In the distance you can see the line of factory buildings that were once connected to the railway and created many jobs for both Fraserburgh and the railway.

 
The final crossing, where the new road starts to take over the final mile or so of the track bed into Fraserburgh. It had been 10.5 miles since starting the walk and still a
mile to do.

 
On the opposite side of the road you come up to the site of Kirkton Halt and the junction with the St. Combs branch.


Kirkland Halt (Fraserburgh). (GNSRA Photo). I believe that is the 'older' golf, Club House on the right.
N.B. The two white marker posts, used as stopping marks for the very short platform during poor
weather and in darkness.  There was no platform lighting.

 
The two track beds run side by side to the lunction point. Right: Southwards, the St. Combs track bed on the left and the Fraserburgh branch heading south on the right.

 

 


A railway sleeper spotted in nthe undergrowth.

 
Ex Junction with the St. Combs branch (Left). Kikland Halt platform.


Last mile into Fraserburgh.

 
Left: The Fraserburgh Tool Works that was linked to the branch and was a busy place at one time. The buildings are used as various types of light industrial Units today.

 
Left: back towards the Club house. Right: The beach restraunt, second building ahead. Where I made a Bee line for some really wanted refreshment.

 
Approximately where the old road overbridge sand signal box stood. The track bed up to the station terminal followed the grassy embankment up to just outside Dalrymple
Hall, who's tower is seen in the back ground, with the South Church up on the far left. Everything to the right was the large Goods Yard with it's long Fish platform
and numerous sidings.


Fraserburgh Station Layout. N.B. The over bridge at the south end of the station and the south links road had not yet
been built at the time of this map (1888-1913). Where the signal box is marked (SB.) NLS Maps).


The over bridge at the south end of the station must not have been built until between 1913 and 1937.
It is shown on this 1937-61 NLS Map.


The site where the over bridge stood. The signal box would have been on the right. (Google screen grab). It's difficult to take in
that everything in front of you was all railway.


A fine scene of how the whole layout looked from the over bridge. (A GNSRA Photo). Across the scene, from left to right
you see a loco on the loco depot, the three platform faces, including the St Combs platform on the right. Then the Goods
Shed and the numerous sidings that made up the Goods yard and Fish dock platforms. The only two things remaining
 today is the locomotive shed and part of the Goods Offices, seen running left to right in the distance, centre right.

I didn't take any photos of the station area on this occassion. Here are a few taken back in 2005.

   
Fraserburgh Loco Shed. The platforms were where the cars are parked on the right and the Fish Yard just beyond.
The building behind the shed stand on what was the entrance to the station,. just in front of Dalrymple Hall.

    
The loco shed is in use by a fish company and is in excellent condition. The roof was badly damaged in a fire but was
completely rebuilt.

    
Left: Just to the left of the shed can be seen the remains of where the turntable stood.The South Church is in the back ground.
Right: Remains of the turntable.

  
Left: Where the platforms lay.                                                    Right: The departure view from the north end of the platforms

  
Left: Where the station entrance stood with the view immediately in front of the Dalrymple Halls
Right: The Employment offices stand where the station entrance and buildings stood, with South Church as the backdrop.

    
Left: The Goods Office and Shunter's bothie at the harbour end of the Goods Yard. Right: The Station Hotel.

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