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Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway

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Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway is an historic railway in Scotland.

It was authorised by an Act of Parliament on 21 July 1856 as an extension to the Inverness and Nairn Railway, the line was opened in stages:

  • Nairn to Dalvey (Forres) - 22 December 1857
  • Dalvey to Elgin - 25 March 1858
  • Elgin to Keith - 18 August 1858

Originally the intention was to connect with the Great North of Scotland Railway (GNoSR) at Elgin, however the GNoSR offered to pay for the railway to be built to Keith.

During its short life, the following railways were absorbed by the Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway (I&AJR)

  • Inverness and Nairn Railway on 17 May 1861
  • Findhorn Railway on 1 April 1862
  • Inverness and Ross-shire Railway on 1 June 1862

The railway merged with the Inverness and Perth Junction Railway to form the Highland Railway on 1 February 1865.

The Findhorn Railway was incorporated in 1859 and ran from Kinloss. It operated as an independent concern until the company had money problems which resulted in it being taken over by the I&AJR. However this reprieve did not last long as the service was withdrawn in 1869, and the route lifted in 1873.

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