STRICHEN TO ELLON WALK

(29th Sept 2015)
 

STRICHEN TO BRUCKLAY

For this walk I took the bus from Aberdeen out to Strichen then joined the railway track bed just to the south of the Station site,
where by luck there ws a bus top just alongside. A short walk from the bus to the over bridge  at the embankment, where some
 wooden steps took me up onto the track bed. This was the longest of my four walks, at 17 miles from Strichen to Ellon. The walk

started at 09.20 and I arrived at Ellon station site at 17.34. The weather remained bright and sunny all day and added to the
pleasure of the walk and the countryside around. There is some very pleasant country scenes and Strichen itself is a very attractive
small town, set by the Ugie Water (Burn) and Mormon Hill as a background.


Strichen station site, from Google Earth. Coming in from the right, past th sewage works, over the site of the demolished bridge and
into the station. The station is central with the entrance of the road  seen in line with the staton building. The goods yard entrance just
to the right of that, You see the bus stop and the entrance along to the right where a path leads to the rear of the houses then you
walk across the green area towards the underbridge, with the wooden steps by the embankment to the right. Further to the right is
the viaduct over the Ugie Water nd further to the right, where you drop to road level, where you cross the road and find the steps
leading back up onto the south side of the track bed then southwards towards Ellon.


From the track bed. Where I joined the track bed from the bus. The stop is on the main road by the white house to the right. The path
leads in, following the fence and onto the path that drops below the over bridge. The empty space below was the site of a school that
you can see marked in the old map below.


Over bridge at the south end of Strichen station, where the points led into the
Goods Yards, which was at a lower level. The wooden steps up onto the
track bed are just out of view, to the right.


On the track bed at the top of the wooden steps, looking back on the walk from
the bus stop.

 
Once on the track bed you turn left to walk northwards for a few yards towards the station site.
 Left: Track bed towards Strichen station site. Right: Southwards towards Ellon.


Strichen station layout. (NLS Maps).


From the north end of the viaduct, where the Goods Yard branched off to the left and dropped down into
the sidings. This view is totally impossible today due to the heavy overgrowth. You don't know you have
reached the station site until you suddenly spot a short section of platform within the overgrowth.
Thankfully, the station building area is a bit clearer. I remember having to change single line token with
the signal man. Going north, as the train was slowing down to stop in the platform you exhanged the
token from the cab door, the signalman would be at track level by the platform ramps. On the Up
the exchange was made on the platform, level with the signalbox.
 

 
You suddenly realise that there really is a patform form the whole length of this heavily wooded section. This is the Up Platform. The signal box stood on the platform t this spot.

 

 

 
Left: The station building, including a weighing machine.                                            Right: The station footbridge end of the Down platform.


Close to the photos above. An excellent colour photo by Brian Douglas Parker.

 

 
Nice touch wit the new window frmes and the clock matchimg together. Pity about the American locomotive, an Ex GNSR loco would have been nice.

 
Left: Base where the Stn Footbridge stood.                                                                            Right: Stn building from the same spot, towards Maud.

 
The Down platform, towards the north Ex over bridge site.                                           Right: Up platform towards Ellon.Both views towards Ellon.

   
More of the Down platform edge towards the north end of the site.


I walked up to where the track bed had crossed the road at the north end of the station.
As this day was for walking to Ellon, I turned back from this point, leaving
"Strichen To Fraserburgh" to another day.

 
The Down platform. The Up platform is hidden in the trees to theleft.

 
Left: The Up Platform. Would hardly know it was there!                                                 Right: Down platform an station building.

 
The Down platform and the south end of the station building.

 
Leaving the gloom of the station site and heading towards Ellon. The signalbox was was on the end of the Up platform (On the left).


Track bed southwards, towards the viaduct.

 
Left: The seat is at the point where I first got up onto the track bed.                                         Right: Looking west from the north side of the viaduct.

 
Left: North side of the viaduct.                                                                       Right: The Ugie Water looking east from the south side of the viaduct.

 

 
Southward view along the viaduct, towards Ellon..

 
View from the west side of the viaduct.

 
Northward view along the viaduct, towards the station site.


South end of the viaduct and towards the demolished over bridge on the
A981.

 
Left: The demolished overbridge at the south end of Strichen Station, over the A981. The Mormon Hill White Horse is dedicated on the south side embuttment.
Right: The way back up onto the south side of the demolished bridge, on Old Brewery Road.


Looking northwards through the town's Bridge Street, from the site of the demolished over bridge, with the bridge over the
South Ugie Water in the foreground. The white horse is seen on Mormond Hill.


Strichen viaduct from the main road. (Google Screen Grab).


Passenger train crossing the viaduct, for Aberdeen, in the 60's.
(Video film screen Grab).


Down Daily Goods Train on Viaduct. 1970's. Taken from the east side overlooking the Burn.


From around the same spot. Screen grab from Google, as the scene looks today. The viaduct has stood the
time well. However, as with the most of the UK since then, everything is quite overgrown.

 
Finding my way back up onto the south side of the demolished bridge.


The steps leading up to the south side of the deolished bridge.


Up on the track bed looking over the south end of the bridge and over the gap to the north side.
The White Horse is displayed on this side of the bridge.

 
From the same spot as photo, above right, looking southwards towards Brucklay.

 

 
An entrance onto the track bed on Brewery Road that also leads to a path (on the left) that leads to Strichen Prk and to the stone circle.


Information board at Strichen. Distance to Maud is 5.5 miles.

 
Left: Towards the station and the demolished over bridge. Right: Towards Brucklay and Ellon.

 
Left: Towards Ellon.                                                                                            Right: Access to the track bed and for the path to Strichen park.

 
Left: Local point of interest that would be worth a visit. Right:

 
Left: A welcome seat.                                                           Right: Remains of a telegraph pole tension wire bracing.
 

 
Bridge over the Lade and weir that fed the old brewery.

 
The Lade and decorative bridge that fed the old brewery. The traingle between Brewey Road and the A981 covers the beautiful area arond the park, lake and
the standing stones. 
 


The over bridge, toward Strichen.

 
Left: Heading towards Brucklay.                         Right: This may have been the foundation of the Down distant signal for Strichen station.

 
New buildings on the site of the old brewery.

   


Countryside view to the west.

 

 

 
Nice Wrought Iron railings on a bridge

 
From the same spot, towards Brucklay and to Strichen, respectfully.

 
Back in the sunlight and by an old Ganger's Hut that, inspite of the years of closure, is till in a good condition, albeit the chimney stack has gone...

 

   
 

 
The fireplace looks as it it is still useable.

 

 

 

 

 
Left: Back towards Strichen.                                                                         Right: The railway drainage is still working at this spot.

 
34 & 3/4 miles from Dyce Junction.

  
Access road that leads to the A981

 
Left: North side of the over bridge. Right: View eastwards from the road, a tractor begins to move a towards me.

 
Views from the over bridge, towards Strichen and Ellon, respectfully.

 
Views from he road level. Left; Eastwards. Right: Westwards. The tractor has passed me. The daily work load continues, whatever.

 
Left: The countryside to the north east of the road.                                                     Right: View northwards from the farm road on top of the bridge.

  
Ditto

   
Left. Soutwards towards Ellon.                                                             Right: Northwards towards Strichen.

 

 


Ex farm crossing. Looking westwards

 
Back towards the over bridge.

 

    
The road had gone over the railway at this point but has been demolished. The track bed on each side has been raised to meet the natural level of the road.

 
Ex Overbridge on the A981


The A981 heading southwards towards the A950.

 
Left: Two and a half miles from Strichen.                                                           Right: Three miles to Brucklay, with the A981 heading for Strichen.
This is roughly 33 miles from Dyce station.

 
Left: Back towards Strichen.                                              Right: Southwards towards Brucklay.
 
Right: This could possibly be a piece of rail!                                                       Right: Ex Farm crossing.

 
An Ex Farm Crossing.

 

 

 
The Ganger's hut simply erroded over time. Aye, Sure!

 
The hut has been burned down Right: Remains of the building.

 
Left: Back towards Strichen.                                                                                          Right: Southwards to Brucklay.

 

 
Left: Horses pass this way!

 
33 & 3/4 miles from Dyce Junction and a mile closer.

 
Harvest field patterns. To the north of Bucklay station site..

 
Right: Carnichal Farm.

 

 
Bridge over a small burn. To the north of Brucklay station site.

 

 
Left: Looking towards Brucklay Stn site. Right: Back towards Strichen.

 
An Ex farmer's crossing, to the north of Brucklay.

 

  

 
Bridge over a small burn to the north of Brucklay.


Harvesting time in Buchan.

   
Left: The Burn over bridge, towards Strichen.                                                     Right: The track bed curving towards Brucklay station site.

 

 
Ex farm access crossing remains to the north of Brucklay station site.

 
Ex frm access crossing.

 
Nearing Brucklay station site. The Up Home signal was this side of the bridge.

 

 

 
Two views of the north side of the bridge, towards Bruckley Station site.

 
Farm access road too and from Aucheoch and Worldsend farms. North of
Bruckley Station.
 

 
The south side of the over bridge, back towards Strichen.

 
Approaching the station.


Looking back towards Strichen, from just north of Brucklay station site.


From between the over bridge and the station, with the Ex Goods Yard  sidings on the right. There doesn't appear to be any buildings
still standing. The signal box stood at the end of the Down platform. The Up platform is just a over grown mound, on the left.

 

 
Left: You can just make out the ramp on the end of the Down platform.


The building behind the platform on the Goods siding site.

 
More of the Down platform edge.


Brucklay Station Layout. It appears that mail was also delivered and collected at the station. (NSL Maps).


Brucklay Station, towards the north over bridge, where the points diverted to the left and into the Goods Sidings and ran behind the
station. The edge of the Down passenger platform can just be seen on the left. The signal box stood at the end of the platform.
Nothing much remains of the Up platform, on the right. I'm standing where the Footbridge would have crossed where the
down platform shelter stood.


The station track bed can get very wet and muddy along this section. Until the
the clearance for the railway train it was totally impassible.

 
The station buildings.

   
Left: The station building.                                                                         Right: Southwards to the site of the old road overbridge and the present day road bridge.

 
Left: This appears to be the same granite building that stood on the south side of the station building on the Down Platform and which has been white-washed
. Right: It was nice to see that the station buiding still existed and is in use as a private dwelling.


The platform ramp at the south end of the Down Platform


Full width of station and track bed, towards Strichen. I didn't notice and sign of the Up platform, on the right.

 
The oiginal railway overbridge at the south end of the station has been demolished and a stronger, modern bridge in it's place.
Right: Looking northwards towards Strichen from just ahead of the road bridge.

 
A pictorial scene to the south end of Brucklay station site. An Ex farm access crossing.

 
The bridge that has replaced the original railway bridge' at the south end of the station.

Brucklay when in operation and today.


A usually excellent photograph from Dr. Brookbank. Taken from the original south bridge. Rationalisation
has already begun. The signalbox is still there but there is no arm on the Up signal. The passenger
Up loop may already be out of use. It was a lovely smal country station.


View from Approx. the same spot on the new over bridge as it is today. My, what an improvement! (Google).


Brucklay station. Taken from near the overbridge, looking northwards in 1964. As it was when I worked over the line. The Up
passenger loop is partially picked up. The name board suggest that the station is still open and there is a couple of pieces of railway
furniture on the platform. The Up starting signal post has been removed. The Goods Shed is seen behind the station building.


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View from the same spot, today. (Google)

A passenger train stops at Brucklay in the 60's. Little or nothing remains of the
old Up Platform and building. (Video film Screen grab).

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Video Screen grabs from the The Railways Of Scotland Volume 4 "Aberdeen and the Grampians". An excellent video available on DVD, from
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Railscot: https://www.railscot.co.uk/ Excellent web site on Scotland's railways. Maps, photos and historical details.

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