Huntly railway station

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Huntly National Rail
Huntly railway station.jpg
Huntly station c.1971. The station has since been redeveloped.
Location
Place Huntly
Local authority Aberdeenshire
Coordinates 57°26′40″N 2°46′33″W / 57.4445°N 2.7758°W / 57.4445; -2.7758Coordinates: 57°26′40″N 2°46′33″W / 57.4445°N 2.7758°W / 57.4445; -2.7758
Grid reference NJ535396
Operations
Station code HNT
Managed by Abellio ScotRail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 93,792
2012/13 Increase 94,026
2013/14 Increase 98,276
2014/15 Increase 0.104 million
2015/16 Increase 0.106 million
History
Original company Great North of Scotland Railway
Pre-grouping Great North of Scotland Railway
Post-grouping LNER
20 September 1854 Opened[1]
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Huntly from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Huntly railway station is a railway station serving the town of Huntly in Scotland. The station is managed by Abellio ScotRail and is on the Aberdeen to Inverness Line.

The original station building, which had an overall roof[2] and was described in 1898 as, "a decent structure of the old fashioned 'roofed-over' type",[3] was demolished and replaced in 1999 with a smaller ticket office (staffed part-time) and waiting room.

A small good yard is located adjacent to the station and operated by EWS/DB Schenker. Traffic to the yard appears infrequent. A goods shed remains standing within the yard.

History[edit]

The station was opened by the Great North of Scotland Railway on 20 September 1854,[1] with the commissioning of the line from the original Waterloo terminus in Aberdeen. A goods service had started a week earlier. The initial passenger service took 2 hours, with 3 trains a day, calling at all stations. Only mail trains ran on Sundays. The route onwards to Keith followed on 11 October 1856,[2] with the through link to the new joint station at Aberdeen completed in November 1867 to connect the GNSR to the Aberdeen Railway.[4] The track was doubled in 1896, when a non-stop train from Aberdeen was speeded up to a 45 minute schedule for the 40 34 mi (65.6 km), though it ceased when the overnight London express was slowed later that year.[2]

The station passed into the hands of the LNER at the 1923 Grouping and the Scottish Region of British Railways in January 1948. It has retained its signal box, which has been refurbished and controls the passing loop and level crossing here.

Facilities[edit]

As noted, the station's ticket office is manned six days per week from early morning until early afternoon (06:50 - 13:50, Mon-Sat). A self-service ticket machine is provided for use outside of these times and for collecting advance purchase tickets. A pay phone and post box are available, along with shelters on each platform and toilets in the booking hall (the latter open only when the station is staffed). Train running information is offered via customer help points, CIS displays, automatic announcements and timetable posters. Step-free access is available to both platforms via ramps, though the footbridge linking them has steps.[5]

Services[edit]

There is a basic two-hourly frequency in each directions (with peak extras), to Inverness via Elgin northbound and Aberdeen southbound (11 trains each way in total). The first departure to Aberdeen each weekday & Saturday continues south to Edinburgh Waverley and there is a return working in the evening. On Sundays there are five trains each way, with a southbound through working to Glasgow Queen Street.[6]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Insch   Abellio ScotRail
Aberdeen to Inverness Line
  Keith
Historical railways
Rothiemay
Line open; Station closed
  Great North of Scotland Railway   Gartly
Line open; Station closed

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Butt (1995), page 125
  2. ^ a b c Vallance, H. A. (January 1954). "The Great North of Scotland Railway". Railway Magazine pages 43-51. Retrieved 2017-05-16. 
  3. ^ Scott, W. J. (January 1898). "Little and Good". Railway Magazine page 22. Retrieved 2017-05-16. 
  4. ^ Railscot: Chronology - Great North of Scotland Railway
  5. ^ Huntly station facilities National Rail Enquiries
  6. ^ GB eNRT May 2017 Edition, Table 240 (Network Rail)

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