Edinburgh to Aberdeen Line

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This article is about the Aberdeen to Edinburgh railway. For other uses of Aberdeen Line, see Aberdeen Line (disambiguation). For other uses of Aberdeen, see Aberdeen (disambiguation).
Edinburgh to Aberdeen Line
Forth bridge evening.jpg
The Forth Bridge between North Queensferry and Dalmeny
Overview
Type Heavy rail
System National Rail
Status Operational
Locale Edinburgh
Fife
Angus
Aberdeenshire
Scotland
Termini Edinburgh
Aberdeen
Stations 29
Operation
Owner Network Rail
Operator(s) Abellio ScotRail
CrossCountry
Virgin Trains East Coast
Technical
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Operating speed 100 mph (160 km/h) maximum
Edinburgh to Aberdeen Line
Inverurie
DyceAberdeen Airport
Aberdeen
Airport
AberdeenNorthLink Ferries
NorthLink ferry
to Orkney and Shetland
Portlethen
Stonehaven
Laurencekirk
Montrose
Arbroath
Carnoustie
Golf Street
Barry Links
Monifieth
Balmossie
Broughty Ferry
Dundee
Tay Railway Bridge
over Firth of Tay
Invergowrie
LeucharsBus interchange to St Andrews
Cupar
Springfield
Perth
Moncrieffe Tunnel
Ladybank
Markinch
Down arrow Fife Circle Line
Kirkcaldy
Kinghorn
Burntisland
Aberdour
Dalgety Bay
Up arrow Fife Circle Line
Inverkeithing
North Queensferry
Forth Railway Bridge
over Firth of Forth
Dalmeny
Edinburgh GatewayEdinburgh Trams
South Gyle
HaymarketEdinburgh Trams
Edinburgh Waverley(Edinburgh Trams St Andrew Square)

The Edinburgh to Aberdeen Line is a railway line linking Edinburgh with Aberdeen via the Forth Bridge, the Tay Bridge and Dundee. Also it serves as an extension to the East Coast Main Line and the Cross Country Route. Passenger services are operated by Abellio ScotRail, CrossCountry and Virgin Trains East Coast.

Route[edit]

Part of the route is shared with other services:

This line is not electrified by means of overhead power cables (with the exception of the Edinburgh Haymarket to Edinburgh Waverley section). The number of stops on a typical journey between Aberdeen and Edinburgh is also partly responsible for the amount of time travel takes between the two stations.

Historical[edit]

The route comprises the following historical railway lines:

In detail[edit]

Place Station Ordnance Survey
grid reference
Notes
Edinburgh Edinburgh Waverley NT257738 East Coast Main Line and Cross Country Route services join the Edinburgh to Aberdeen Line at Waverley
See Edinburgh Waverley railway station for other lines
Bus link and Tram Links to Edinburgh Airport
Edinburgh (Haymarket) Haymarket NT239731 See Haymarket station for other lines
Bus link and Tram Links to Edinburgh Airport
Edinburgh (South Gyle) South Gyle NT189722 Local services only
South Queensferry (Dalmeny) Dalmeny NT138779 Local services only
Forth Bridge None NT135792
North Queensferry North Queensferry NT131808 Local services only
Inverkeithing Inverkeithing NT131833 Fife Circle Line connection; Bus link to Edinburgh Airport
Dalgety Bay Dalgety Bay NT149840 Local services only
Aberdour Aberdour NT190854 Local services only
Burntisland Burntisland NT232856 Local services only
Kinghorn Kinghorn NT269868 Local services only
Kirkcaldy Kirkcaldy NT275916 Fife Circle Line connection
Markinch Markinch NO299015 Fife Circle Line connection, also serves Levenmouth and Glenrothes
Ladybank Ladybank NO306096 Connection for Perth
Perth Perth NO112230 Highland Line connection
Invergowrie Invergowrie N034299 Local services between Perth and Dundee
Springfield Springfield NO349119 limited service
Cupar Cupar NO376143
Leuchars
for St Andrews
Leuchars NO449206
Tay Bridge None NO391277
Dundee Dundee NO402298 Glasgow to Aberdeen Line connection.
Dundee (Broughty Ferry) Broughty Ferry NO462309 limited service
Monifieth (Balmossie) Balmossie NO484317 limited service
Monifieth Monifieth NO497322 limited service
Carnoustie Barry Links NO542337 limited service
Carnoustie Golf Street NO557342 limited service
Carnoustie Carnoustie NO566345
Arbroath Arbroath NO638409
Montrose Montrose NO711579
Laurencekirk Laurencekirk railway station
Stonehaven Stonehaven NO863861
Portlethen Portlethen NO923967
Aberdeen Aberdeen NJ941058 Terminus of ECML services from London King's Cross, Caledonian Sleeper services from London Euston and Cross Country Route services from Penzance; Aberdeen to Inverness Line connection; NorthLink ferry to Orkney and Shetland.

Services[edit]

A northbound Class 170 crosses the viaduct at Montrose

2015[edit]

There is an hourly service between Edinburgh and Aberdeen (17 trains in total) for most of the day. Most services are provided by ScotRail (8 of which extend to Inverurie, one continuing on from there to Inverness). 4 services are provided by Virgin Trains East Coast which provide services to/from Aberdeen of which 3 run to London King's Cross while 1 runs to Leeds. CrossCountry provides 1 train per day to Aberdeen from Plymouth while one runs from Aberdeen to Penzance and to Edinburgh. On Sundays, a limited service is provided by ScotRail who run 5 trains per day, Virgin Trains East Coast run 4 and CrossCountry run 1 service.

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