The railway will open for the season at Easter on Friday 18th April and will be running Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. There will be an Easter competition on the train running over the whole weekend. Entry to the competition will be free to all children who will also receive an Easter Egg. Come along and join in the fun! Kids of all ages welcome.
Notice of Operating Dates 2014 Season
The following is notice of our operating dates for 2014. The Special Events the KDR intend to run in 2014 are also included.
Scheduled Services 2014
The season will open at Easter on Friday 18/4/2014 and close on Sunday 28/9/2014. The Railway will be open on Saturdays and Sundays until the end of September 2014. Additionally the Railway will be open on Fridays during June, July and August. Certain other days were also operated see Special Events below.
Special Events 2014
Friday 18th April to Monday 21st April 2014
Easter Opening will take place which will include an Easter competition for the children.
See above for details.
Thursday 1st May to Sunday 4th May 2014
The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, trains will run from Thursday 1st May 2014 to Sunday 4th May 2014. The railway will run scheduled services on Thursday 1st May and Friday 2nd May 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 Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival will also run.
Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th June 2014
Military displays, the home front, life in the 1940’s. Action at the stations and along the line. If you want to enter the spirit of the event why not come along in 1940’s dress?
Saturday 28th June 2014
Pie and Pint night, Evening Special and musical entertainment. Booking is essential for this special train
Friday 1st August to Sunday 3rd August 2014
Teddy Bears Picnic weekend.
Teddies running the railway. Picnic bags included in the Teddy fare, quiz on board the train.
Friday 26th September to Sunday 28th September 2014
Autumn Whisky Festival
During the Autumn Whisky Festival, trains will run from Friday 26th September 2014 to Sunday 28th September 2014. The railway will run scheduled services on Friday 26th 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.
Friday 31st October and Saturday 1st November 2014
Booking essential for these trains
The Ghost Train, departing @18:00, returning ??:?? maybe!!
There will be a maximum of 80 seats available per train and must be booked in advance of the event. There will be witches, ghosts, zombies and much else on the night. Passengers are encouraged to come in fancy dress (Halloween themed). Things will definitely go “bump” in the night!
December 6th / 7th, 13th / 14th & 20th / 21st 2014
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 during the operating season from Easter to end of September. 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 2014 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