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An appeal was launched in 2010 to move the modern shed then located at Drummuir to Dufftown. The shed was re-erected at Dufftown May 2012 and the shed has already proved its worth by enabling us to repaint and overhaul some stock. Installing the floor and laying a second track into the shed became the priorities.
An application was made to the Heritage Lottery Fund and was successful in obtaining a grant for the laying of the concrete floor in the shed at Dufftown and some associated work. The following Press Release gives details of the grant and the work it is to cover:
Keith & Dufftown Railway Association
New Heritage Lottery Funded project at Dufftown Railway Station
The Keith & Dufftown Railway Association is pleased to announce the receipt of a grant of £48,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards the laying of a concrete floor, complete with inspection pit and visitors’ viewing area in our recently erected loco shed. A disabled access will also be provided to ensure that everyone with an interest in heritage railways can get to the viewing area.
As part of the project we will also provide a training centre and heritage centre at Dufftown station so that visitors can learn more about the history of the Railway.
The Keith & Dufftown Railway Association was formed in 1993 with the aim of restoring the railway line between Keith and Dufftown and reintroducing passenger services. June 2000 saw trains operating once again on this historic line, which first opened in 1862.
The Railway is operated entirely by volunteers and the new facilities will enable us to provide a safe working environment for our volunteers and extend our acquisition programme for more rolling stock/carriages to run on the line.
We will also be able to convey the heritage railway experience to a greater audience including those who are not currently railway enthusiasts but would enjoy the learning journey.
Commenting on the award, Steve Rhodes, a Director of the Railway said “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and are confident that the project will not only improve our ability to maintain and restore vintage rail vehicles but also assist in attracting more volunteers to help us expand our current operations and boost our position as one of the major tourist attractions in Moray, which will also bring in additional income to the local economy”.
For further information please contact Steve Rhodes on 07531 829647 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The KDRA Board accepted the quotation from Mike O’Driscoll, Joinery and Building Contractors, of Elgin for the provision of the Loco Shed floor and additional works relating to the access road, concrete base and drainage. The Board accepted the quotation and agreed that works should commence on Monday 9th May 2016. The starting gun had been fired and there was much work to be done to clear the shed. Equipment and material used in the painting, refurbishing and engineering on our rolling stock had to be cleared and the tracks through the shed had to be lifted. The contractor needed a cleared shed and area round it before they could begin work. The following photo shows our Manitou fork lift loading the works train with material to be removed from the shed.
The photos above were taken on 29th April 2016 and show the situation at the shed before the contractor arrived. The shed has been cleared and the left photo shows that the track through the shed has also been removed. Right photo is a rear view of the shed with the Heritage Lottery fund banner.
The contractor commenced work on Monday 9th May 2016. Left photo, taken 14/5/16, above shows the contractor’s plant inside the shed having compacted and levelled the floor. Foundations for the dwarf walls which will seal the shed from the elements are being laid. Right photo, taken 20/5/16, shows the left hand dwarf wall nearing completion and the right wall of the pit under construction. Blocks for construction of the left wall of the pit and right dwarf wall of the shed are stacked ready for use.
The above photos, taken 11/6/16, show inside the shed the reinforcing rods are being positioned in the shed pit prior to concrete laying while outside new ballast is being laid for the tracks into the shed.
The above photos, taken 18/6/16, show outside new ballast being laid for the tracks into the shed and some of the reinforcing rod for the floor while inside the shed the reinforcing rods and wooden shuttering in the shed pit prior to concrete pouring are shown.
The above photo, taken 21/6/16, shows the pit after the concrete was poured, shuttering is still in place until the concrete has cured.
The Board has agreed that the following are the priority projects:
Short Term – To complete the loco shed by laying the floor and installing a second track within the shed.
Medium Term – To provide or reinstate 4 railway halts. One of these halts, Towiemore is now operational, the remaining halts are still under discussion with all interested parties so no further details can be provided at this stage.
Long Term – To re-establish a rail connection at Keith Junction Station.
THE KDR'S CATERING FACILITIES
SPIRIT OF DUFFTOWN
The catering we do for our charters is being retained by KDRA and will be done in the Spirit of Dufftown under the name of KDRA Catering. The Spirit of Dufftown is our exclusive Catering Coach run by the Keith & Dufftown Railway Association for charters and pre-booked groups in excess of 10 people. For further information please get in touch through our 'Contact us' Page or call Rod Furr on 01343 870429.
On the platform at Dufftown Station you will find the Buffer Stop where you will be made most welcome. Come in and spend some time whether you come by train or just happen to be passing by. The Buffer Stop is now run as a franchise operation. The buffer stop opened on Friday 11th March 2016 under the franchise operators, Angie Presly and Russell Stewart. This season waiting staff are Kerryn and Jodie.
From Monday August the 8th the Bufferstop restaurant will be closed Monday to Thursday, The Bufferstop will be open Friday to Sunday for the rest of the season, 9am till 5 pm. The Buffer Stop will also open on Mondays when the railway is open. Further details will be announced on the website as required or may be had by calling 01651873058 or 07854655572.
Halloween Ghost trains 28th, 29th of October we will provide hot food snacks before the trains leave and when they return, in the Bufferstop. This service is subject to booking and we will need to have at least 25 bookings for each night, to justify opening so book your seat now on 07854655572 please remember we are a separate business from the railway. Booking the Bufferstop does not book seats on the Ghost train.!!!!!!!!!!!! The cut off for booking will be the 15th of September if enough bookings are made by then it will go ahead and food will be available for all who turn up on the the night!!!
Please note that the access between the two coaches has now been enlarged to accommodate walking aids etc.
The above photo shows the interior of the Buffer Stop as it now is. Angie Presly and Russell Stewart have put in place a new system for ordering food and drink which it is hoped will ease crowding at the counter. First find a table, then note your table number. Next decide what food and drinks you require and send one of your number to the counter to order and pay for your requirements. Your food and drinks will be brought to your table as soon as it is ready. The new menu being operated now includes, hot soup, hot meals from a bacon roll to a full cooked breakfast, sandwiches, kids menu, breakfasts, gluten free, vegetarian, ice cream and much more. All food is prepared on receipt of your order so please allow time for it to be made for you. Please note the lunch menu will be restricted due to the high volume of customers and a limited time to serve everyone.
Note the Buffer Stop is a franchised operation separate from the Keith & Dufftown Railway and bookings for the Buffer Stop must be made direct to 01651873058 or 07854655572.
TUESDAY WORK PARTY
The Tuesday Work Party at Dufftown station historically tended to concentrated on “light work” i.e. smaller tasks that tend to appear further down the list of priorities e.g. painting and keeping the environment tidy etc. However, they are now involved in more major work such as the refurbishment of our rolling stock, Permanent Way and a multitude of other tasks. We can find work suited to everyone’s ability.
Works trains and training runs on our DMU also take place. This is another reason why people should not trespass on the line at any time. We do not just run scheduled services as published in our timetable but works trains on any day of the week and at any time of the day. Many people assume that if there are no scheduled services on a day then there will be no trains but this is very wide of the mark. We can and do run works trains, training runs and line inspections on any day of the week and potentially at any time of the day. Please do not trespass on the line at any time.
Anyone interested in taking part in this group is asked to contact Alistair Coull on 01542 831295. There is always work for any pair of willing hands from weeding, painting, cleaning, joinery, electrical, plumbing, engineering, permanent way, the list is endless. Come along, learn something new or share your skills with others!