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August 2015 Bulletin


An Andrew Barclay 0-4-0 diesel shunter was put up for sale at the Royal Deeside Railway and one of our members bought the loco and offered it to the Keith & Dufftown Railway. The offer of the loco was accepted by the board and arrangements made for it to be delivered from Deeside on 12th August 2015. The following photos show its arrival and early runs on the KDR.

First photo shows the Barclay in the yard at the Royal Deeside Railway with the low loader waiting to collect it. Next photo shows the low loader in the yard at Dufftown prior to unloading the Barclay.

The two photos above show the Barclay on Keith & Dufftown rails in the yard at Dufftown.

The two photos above, taken from the cab, show the Barclay in action. Left photo shows its first ascent of the Parkmore Bank. Right photo shows it buffered up to one of our DMUs on the main line at Dufftown.

Further details on the history and intended role of the Barclay on the KDR can be found in the “Rolling Stock” pages of this web site.


On Sunday 30th August 2015 a party of motorcyclists from Fraserburgh (known locally as the ‘Broch’) paid a visit to the KDR. Having eaten in the Buffer Stop they set off on their way back to the Broch.

The above photos show the Broch Bikers saddling up then hitting the road. Hope we see you again!


Our Driver Trailer Composite Lavatory (DTCL) 56491 having been repainted has now been lined out in the same style as all our other DMU cars. The following photos show 56491 at the far end of the Dufftown platform complete with its new lining. This DMU faces Keith and is currently spare but could be swopped with Spirit of Speyside DTCL 56224 or Spirit of Banffshire Driver Motor Standard (DMS) 52053 if the need arises.


The flat roof of the Ladies and Disabled toilets on the platform at Dufftown are not best suited to the sometimes adverse weather conditions here. Steps have now been taken to provide a pitched roof on the toilets. The above photo shows the new rafters for the pitched roof in position. The work should be completed before the first snows hit and help to shed the snow from the roof.


The Class 140, which lay for many years in the headshunt at Dufftown was moved to the yard in 2012 to clear space for the reconstruction of the engine shed. Since then one engine has been worked on and restarted; the other engine needs much more work and has been removed pending a decision on repair / replacement. One side of the 140 has also been repainted. The Class 140’s future at Dufftown was in doubt until one of the KDRA volunteers made an offer to purchase it and the Board has accepted that offer. The 140’s future at Dufftown is meantime secure and work is ongoing to return it to operational condition.

The Class 140 was moved into the shed in June 2015, with the Dufftown car in the shed and the Keith car outside the shed. In August the Class 140 was shunted back through the shed so that the Keith car was inside the shed to allow work to be carried out on the Keith car under cover of the shed. The shed at Dufftown is long enough to hold a 60 foot coach and close the doors, if two DMU cars are on the shed road then only one of the cars can be under cover. The photos above show the Keith car inside the shed while the Dufftown car is outside the shed at the Craigellachie end.


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.


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 most of the work is now complete, indeed 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 are now the priorities.

The 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.

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

A very large and heart felt thank you to all who have contributed to the appeals. The Shed Appeal and Track Appeal are now closed but any donations received will now be directed to the new Floor Appeal.

Having raised funds to dismantle, move, re-erect and improve (end doors, power and light) the shed and to purchase the necessary sleepers for the loop and shed track we now are launching an urgent appeal to raise funds for 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.

Shed Floor Appeal Target:- £25,000

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

For details of the above use Appeals link to the left or click this link: Appeals


From 2015 the Buffer Stop became a franchise operation. The buffer stop opened on Tuesday the 24th March under the new franchise operators, Angie Presly and Russell Stewart, and has now closed for the season. The new franchise operators have intimated that they are happy to continue the franchise in 2016. Further details will be announced on the website in 2016.

Although the Buffer Stop is under new management from Tuesday the 24th March 2015, 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 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!


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