The Keith & Dufftown Railway (‘The Whisky Line’) is the most northerly heritage railway in Scotland, running for 11 miles from Dufftown railway station (Ordnance Survey grid reference NJ322414) to Keith Town (NJ429508) via Drummuir (NJ378442). Originally part of the former Great North of Scotland Railway line which linked Aberdeen with Elgin, the line was latterly a freight-only branch for British Rail, truncated at Dufftown. The line, which was reopened by volunteers during 2000 and 2001, passes through some of Scotland’s most picturesque scenery, with forest and farmland, lochs and glens, castles and distilleries.
All passenger services are provided by B.R. Derby Class 108 DMU (Diesel Multiple Unit) which can seat 117 passengers. The area’s abundant wildlife can be glimpsed from the train, including deer, foxes, buzzards, heron, and much more. Scheduled passenger services run at weekends from Easter to September and take approximately 38 minutes for the 11 mile journey. Passengers can join and alight at any of the three stations. Private hire of the train is available during the week for most of the year.
Refreshments are available at Dufftown Station in the Buffer Stop, a combined Kitchen Car and Dining Car which serves delicious hot and cold snacks, drinks and larger meals. The Buffer Stop opens six days a week during the operating season, only closing on a Monday.
The Keith & Dufftown Railway is operated entirely by volunteers (except for the Buffer Stop) so if you have some free time and are looking for something different to do why not join us.
Details available from either Dufftown or Keith Town Stations or www.keith-dufftown-railway.co.uk
The Keith & Dufftown is entirely volunteer operated, so if you have some free time and are looking for something different to do why not join us?
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