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MINTLAW TO PETERHEAD
(25th Sept 2015)
NEWSEAT TO INVERUGIE
From Newseat it is back to open countryside of rolling hills and farms, with Sheep, Cattle and Cerials.
The farm, on the north side of the track bed is shown as Westerton of Barnyards on my map.
The 'C'road to from Westerton To Barnyards to Smiddyhill Farms on either side of the railway. Left: Towards Peterhead. Right: Back towards Maud.
On the over bridge. Left: View southwards towards Smiddyfield Farm. Right: View northwards towards Westerton Of Barnyards Farm.
This was one of the few bridges that it was possible to get up onto. Left: Towards Maud. Right: Towards Peterhead. Quite a long straight.
Left: Countryside to the north west of the track bed. Right: View from the top of the bridge, towards Peterhead.
Towards Peterhead and to Mintlaw, respectfully.
On the south side of the over bridge. Towards Peterhead.
Left: The shallow cutting, running towards Peterhead. Right: View from the road. Northwest of the track bed.
The over bridge. Towards Newseat.
View towards Inverugie.
The over bridge, looking back towards Newseat.
A Land/Farm boundary mound.
A Farm/Land Boundary Mound.
Left: Looking back towards Maud. Right: Towards Peterhead.
Left: Towards Peterhead. Right: Back towards Mintlaw.
This over bridge was a farm access road between Ellishill House to the north side and
to the country road on the south side by Meadowbank Farm.
Towards Peterhead and to Newseat, respectfully.
The path via Thorndale House which the over bridge above, crossed the railway. As mentioned, I found no sign of this
path or the culvert below the railway. Google screen grab).
Left: Towards Newseat. Right: Towards Inverugie station site.
The bridge over the south end of Inverugie station has been demolished and again, you have a short detour to get back onto the north side of the track bed.
Left: Coming off the south side of the track bed. Right: Crossing the road onto the south side. Beware of traffic from your right that approaches from a bend.
Left: The gap left by the demolished over bridge. Right: The new path to get back up onto the north side of the track bed.
During my April 2017 walk I decided to walk along the road and photograph the remains of the platform that edged right up to the road side.
This would have ben an interesting spot to watch the trains while stopped in the station.
Left: By the ramp at the south end of the platform. Right: By the end of the ramp, from the brakevan of the final clearing up train. (Video SCreen Grab).
Back onto the track bed to continue the walk towards Peterhead. Update 13th April 2017.
I walked back to the road junction were the railway used to run above above.
You immediately come to the same spot as in the video sreen grab, above. It's still quite recognisable.
INVERUGIE STATION SITE
Inverugie station was a good mile south of the village. It was a sigle line platform with the standard design of GNSR buildings. There was
a bay platfform at the north end for loading and unloading of goods. The stastion Master's House is in use as a private residence.
Left: Towards Peterhead. There are no station buildings remaining. Right: Back towards Maud.
Modern homes have been buit right up to the platform edge.
Left: The ramp at the north end of the platform where the Goods Bay extended from. See below.
Left: The north end platform ramp. Right: Looking back towards Mintlaw.
Running past the station building with the final clearing train. Close to the scene
as above right. (Video Screen Grab)
Left: North end of the station, showng the Good Loading Bay, with a parked passenger brake Van, in 1955. Right: The loading Bay, signal box and station in a
delapidated condition as seen from the final wagon clearing train brake van in 1979. (Video film screen grab).
From the north end of the Station site, towards Peterhead and bridge No. 734. The garden, on the
Ex Goods Siding site looks well kept. The nearest tree, on the left is where the signal box stood at the
end of the platform. The Goods Loading bay extended off the passenger platform, towards the bridge.
Inverugie station from the over bridge. (Photo from Google)
Inverugie stn site google. April 2017.
The road runs between Mount Pleasance and Berryhill farms. North to south. Right: The owner of the house is working in the garden, where
the track used to run into the Goods Yard Bay or into the passenger platform.
The house owner has also kindly reainted the bridge number, that had been
fading. With such a large number he wonderd where bridge number one
was situated. I would think the number or represented of how many bridges,
up to that point were on the whole of the Great North of Scotland System.
Left: A final look back at the station site. Right: Same spot towards Peterhead.
INVERUGIE TO PETERHEAD
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