A new event for the Keith and Dufftown Railway, come along and join in the fun. To really get into the spirit of this event why not come dressed in 1940s style.
Notice of Operating Dates 2013 Season
The following is notice of our operating dates for 2013. The Special Events the KDR intend to run in 2013 are also included.
Scheduled Services 2013
The season opened at Easter on Friday 29/3/2013 and will close on Sunday 29/9/2013. The Railway will be open on Saturdays and Sundays until the end of September 2013. Additionally the Railway will be open on Fridays during June, July and August. Certain other days will also be operated see Special events below.
Saturday 16 March 2013
Volunteer recruitment day 16th March.
Friday 29th March to Monday 1st April 2013
Grand Easter Opening.
Thursday 2nd May to Sunday 5th May 2013
The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, trains ran from Thursday 2nd May 2013 to Sunday 5th May 2013. The railway ran scheduled services on Thursday 2nd May and Friday 3rd May in addition to our normal Saturday and Sunday services. Free whisky sampling and shortbread were available on the trains. Other special events in conjunction with the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival also ran.
Saturday 1st June 2013
Pie and Pint night, Evening Special and musical entertainment. Train departs Dufftown at 19:00. This train now fully booked but there are places on The Pie and Pint on Saturday 6th July, see below.
Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June 2013
Military displays, the home front life in the 1940’s. Action at the stations and along the line. See above for details.
Saturday 6th July 2013
2nd Pie and Pint night, Evening Special and musical entertainment. Train departs Dufftown at 19:00. Booking essential.
Friday 2nd August to Sunday 4th August 2013
Teddy Bears Picnic weekend
Bring your Teddies to join the picnic.
Friday 27th September to Sunday 29th September 2013
Autumn Whisky Festival
The Autumn Whisky Festival, trains will run from Friday 27th September 2013 to Sunday 29th September 2013. The railway will run scheduled services on Friday 27th September in addition to our normal Saturday and Sunday services. Free whisky sampling and shortbread will be available on the trains. Other special events in conjunction with the Autumn Whisky Festival will also run.
Saturday 26th October 2013
The Ghost Train
Are you brave enough to board the ghost train? Further details later.
December 7th / 8th , 14th / 15th & 21st / 22nd 2013
Come and meet Santa in his Grotto on the train. Booking essential.
Full details of special trains will appear on this page about a month in advance of the event, so keep checking this page.
The Keith and Dufftown Railway Association intend to operate as advertised all facilities, services, events and fares. These may be cancelled or altered due to prevailing circumstances with, or without, prior notice.
April to September, Sunday’s between13:00 and 14:00
Driver Experience. Drive our powerful diesel shunter to the end of the yard and back. Guaranteed to bring a wide grin to your face. This continues to be popular with young and not so young.
A train for yourself! For something different why not hire a train? The train can be yours for a unique experience Monday to Friday (Monday to Thursday only during June, July and August). Block bookings during normal scheduled services are also possible, something different for your club, society, organisation or even groups of family and friends. For private trips or block bookings contact Rod Furr Charters, Publicity and Marketing for details. See Contact Us page. Using this linkcontact us
The railway offers guided walks from Dufftown to Drummuir or Drummuir to Dufftown. There is no charge for the walk itself but normal fares apply on the train to Drummuir if walking from there to Dufftown, similarly normal fares apply on the train returning to either Dufftown or Keith. The walks are available on any operating day but are subject to booking and availability of the guide.
The walk, of about 5 miles, is on a mixture of all ability trails to Loch Park, a climb up tarmac and tracks up Scaut Hill and a tarmac descent to rejoin the Speyside Way. There is a river crossing over the Fiddich using a Victorian suspension bridge. The preceding description is if walking from Drummuir to Dufftown and should be reversed if walking from Dufftown to Drummuir. There are a couple of places where there is a section of mud so boots would be preferable. You should also bring waterproofs – just in case. There will be a break for lunch near the top of Scaut Hill so bring food and drink.
Depending on the direction chosen, the walk leaves Dufftown on foot at 1100 hrs to catch the train departing Drummuir at 1417 to Keith Town, or the 15:10 ex Drummuir to Dufftown, or take the 1125 train from Dufftown to Drummuir and then walk back to Dufftown.
The walks are intended for organised walking groups, but if an informal group of family or friends wish to take part they will be made most welcome. Dogs may be permitted on the walks if the group wishes but the dogs’ owners are solely responsible for the dogs’ behaviour and actions. The railway takes absolutely no responsibility for the dogs or their actions.
For any further information or to make a booking for 2013 please contact Norman (Dusty) Millar. Dusty can be contacted by telephone, see “Contact Us” page or by using the e-mail form on the “Contact Us” page. Use this linkcontact us