As those who have visited the railway will be aware, we lacked a loco shed at Dufftown for the repair and maintenance of our rolling stock. The railway needed to take action and do something about this. It was therefore proposed to remove the modern shed then situated at Drummuir (left photo) and re-erect it at Dufftown Station (right photo) in order to be nearer to our workshops. As well as relocating the shed, it would be the intention to put down two tracks thereby creating a two-road facility, and to add doors. Other improvements might also be possible within the budget.

The shed was dismantled, re-erected, doors installed, power installed and in use by August 2012. The Shed Appeal was closed. A Track Appeal was set up to raise funds for the second track into the engine shed. The appeal took the form of purchasing a sleeper, for £10, for the second track. The names of those purchasing a sleeper are recorded on a chart at Dufftown Station. Both the Shed and Track Appeal are now closed but a new appeal has been launched to raise funds for installing a concrete floor and service pit in the shed. We have secured a number of quotations for the work involved and estimates for the project are in the region of £25,000. We are launching an appeal for a concrete floor and service pit in the shed to be known as the Shed Floor Appeal. The hope is that the Floor Appeal will raise enough money to enable us to lay the concrete floor before the end of 2015.

So please dig deep and help us in raising the money.

Progress Report

Shed Target:- £25,000

Shed Collected:- £25,556 as at 04/02/2015

Track Target:- £3850 (385 sleepers)

Track Collected:- £3850 as at 04/02/2015

Shed Floor Appeal Target:- £25,000

Shed Floor Appeal Collected:- £2,900 as at 17/10/15.

A very large and heart felt thank you to all who have contributed to the Shed and Track Appeals . We now need your donations, large or small, to raise the £25,000.00 needed to lay a concrete floor and service pit in the shed.


If you would like to make a donation to the KDRA Shed Floor Appeal this can be done as follows:

By Crossed Cheque / Postal Order (payable to KDRA) .Send to: Shed Floor Appeal, KDRA, Dufftown Station, Dufftown, Banffshire, AB55 4BA

Payment by Card

Please send the following details:

Amount you wish to donate

Card Type Mastercard/Visa/Visa Debit/Mastercard Debit (as appropriate)

Card No (16 digits).

Expiry Date (mm/yy) Issue No (if available) Valid from (mm/yy)

Security Code (last 3 digits on signature strip at the back of the card)

Cardholders Name (as it appears on the card)

Address (including Postcode)

Please send the above details to: Shed Floor Appeal, KDRA, Dufftown Station, Dufftown, Banffshire, AB55 4BA

Payment may also be made through the BACS to:

Bank of Scotland, Elgin. Sort Code: 80 06 66.

Account: Keith and Dufftown Railway Association. Account Number: 01486418.

Ref: Shed Floor Appeal

Your support in helping us to achieve this important objective is greatly appreciated.


APRIL 2011

Having accumulated sufficient funds in the appeal, the first stage of this project, the dismantling of the shed has been undertaken.

A contracting firm, RIM Construction of Kemnay, was hired to dismantle the shed and this photo shows the cladding removed from the shed and the contractors using a large crane and high level access platforms to begin the dismantling of the framework.

This photo shows the crane removing one of the last beams of the framework.

Here we have the shed dismantled and loaded onto two wagons of our works train ready for the journey by rail to Dufftown.

Photo shows the cleared site, compare with the top photo On this page for the before and after.

September 2011

While funds are accumulated in the appeal, a new site for the shed at Dufftown has been decided upon. The new site is at the north end of Dufftown station close to the end of KDRA rails. Work has now begun on clearing the selected site.

The two photos above show the road / rail digger being used to start clearance of the site. The digger is working on removing vegetation and top soil where the second track in the shed will be laid. The track in the foreground, where the Class 140 used to sit, will also be enclosed by the shed.

All our rolling stock in the platform had to be moved out into the yard to enable our Grampus wagons to be brought to the site to collect the spoil. The above 2 photos show the Class 140 leaving the platform at Dufftown. This is probably the furthest they have travelled since arriving at Dufftown. The 140 looks as though it is travelling under its own power but this is an illusion created by the camera angle. The 140 was part of a consist that also included one of our grey vans and the Mk2f catering coach hauled by our current service Class 108 DMU.

Once the Grampus wagons were moved to the shed site, the Class 140 was moved back into the platform. The 1st photo is taken from alongside the 140 and shows the site with the Grampus wagons positioned near the end of our existing track.

This photo is the opposite view and shows the Grampus wagons loaded with spoil with the 140 in the background. The posts and red tape mark the site for the shed.

October / November 2011

This photo shows our English Electric Shunter resplendent in its yellow J & B Rare Scotch Whisky livery taking our two loaded Grampus wagons away from the shed site.

Above photograph shows work continuing at the shed site with both the mini digger and the road rail digger involved.

The 3 photos above show the state of the new site for the shed on 22/10/2011. 1st photo is taken from the end of the platform at Dufftown, 2nd just off the end of the platform. Last photo shows a reverse view looking back towards Dufftown Station.

January 2012


The original plan was to lay the shed foundations in January and a date was pencilled in for early January. However, on that date the weather was too cold to work with concrete so the work was postponed for a week. One week later the same weather conditions prevailed and so the work was postponed again. This continued right through January and into February with the latest date for foundation work now 14th February.

February / March 2012


The above 3 photos show shuttering for the foundations installed, concrete poured and fastening bolts for the main columns set into the concrete then all left to set. Once set the shuttering was removed and drainage pipework installed on both sides of the shed. This work was done in February 2012.

Our two shunters, “The Wee Mac” and “J & B” were used to arrange the required wagons into the order they were required to be. The three photos above show “The Wee Mac” manouvering the salmond with the shed parts to the north end of the train.

First photo above shows “The Wee Mac” pulling the assembled wagons into position for “J & B” to propel through the yard towards the new shed site. Middle photo is a cab view from “J & B” and third photo is a view of the train passing through Dufftown yard.

Top photo above shows the crew of “J & B” at the north end of Dufftown platform. Middle photo is the complete train, dogfish ballast wagon, two grampus open wagons and the salmond wagon with the shed components. Bottom photo above shows the complete train from the new shed site. Note foundation block in the right foreground.

The three photos above show the shed foundations and the train with the shed components ready to re-erect the shed at the north end of Dufftown station.

April May 2012


Work on re-erecting the shed began at 08:00 on Friday 25th May 2012. Top photo of 3 above shows the Craigellachie end frame fully erected. 2nd photo shows the next frame assembled on the ground and ready to be erected. 3rd photo shows the first two frames fully erected, this photo is taken looking towards Dufftown station.

The first two frames fully erected are shown again looking towards Craigellachie. Then all five frames fully erected, note the empty salmond wagon in the foreground which had all the components of the shed loaded on it. Then the 1st section of cladding being moved into position.

Top photo, of 3 above, shows the shed with the roof and cladding for one wall complete and the other wall cladding more than half way done. Middle photo is the view from the other end of the shed at the same time. Bottom photo shows the two high lift platforms in use inside the shed.

Top photo, of 3 above, is a view looking towards Dufftown, note shed still incomplete and does not have gable ends. The next two photos show the shed fully erected with gable ends and four sliding doors fitted, at each end. Last photo shows each pair of doors slid to either side of the shed leaving a gap two doors wide in the middle.

Two photos of the interior of the shed illustrating the large sheltered area which we will have to work in. Top photo shows one of our volunteers looking towards Craigellachie, middle photo shows the interior looking towards Dufftown. Bottom photo shows another possible configuration of the doors leaving a gap one door wide at the left of the shed.

The shed is now watertight but not wind proof as the floor still requires to be installed. The building is essentially complete but still needs to be fitted out with power, light, water, second track and inspection pit to mention a few of the items required. None the less we now have a useable sheltered work space. Effort now needs to be directed at the fitting out and completion of the shed so there is plenty work for volunteers and still a need to complete the fund raising.

July 2012


The next major work on the shed, installation of electrical lighting and power is ongoing. Door guides have now been installed and the shed is now watertight. Taking full advantage of having sheltered accommodation, one of our class 108 DMUs has been moved into the shed to have the roof repainted.

Top photo shows the amount of daylight that streams into the shed via the rooflights. Once the electrical installation is complete we will be unaffected by the short winter daylight hours. At Dufftown on a winter’s day there can be as little as 5 hours of daylight from 10:00 to15:00 which has until now limited the amount of hours that can be spent working on our rolling stock. Final photo shows the shed doors closed providing a secure useable work space.

October 2012


The 140 was moved into the shed for the 150th Anniversary Steam weekend and while there water ingress through the roof, was attended to by sealing panel joints and vents.

November 2012


The relocation of the shed has already proved its worth by allowing us to carry out work sheltered from the elements which would have prevented us from doing many tasks. The 3 photos above show the Wee Mac in the shed having been sanded down and primed ready for its new top coat.

There is already a schedule of jobs to be carried out in the shed which we can now be confident of completing regardless of the weather.

The installation of electrical lighting and power, in the shed, is now complete. Door guides have been installed and the shed is now watertight. Effort now needs to be directed at installing the floor and laying a second track into the shed so there is plenty work for volunteers.


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