The Keith and Dufftown Railway extends an invitation to schools to visit us and find out about railways in general and the KDR in particular. You can visit on a normal scheduled service day or arrange a special charter on non scheduled service days. To discuss our special block booking / charter rates please contact:
Ros Rhodes on 01466 730327.
To discuss the content and delivery of your package please contact our School Visit Co-ordinator:
Alistair Coull on 01542 831295
Please note Keith Town Station, operated by the KDR is separate from and has no rail link to Keith Station, operated by Scotrail. It is a 15 minute walk, approximately from Keith Station to Keith Town Station.
There is ample car parking and space for coaches at Keith Town and Dufftown Stations.
The three stations operated by the KDR, Keith Town, Drummuir and Dufftown are accessible by wheelchair. Our normal service unit, Spirit of Speyside, carries ramps which allow wheelchair access to the train but there is limited space aboard the train for wheelchairs. If there are wheelchair users in your party, please contact Ros Rhodes to discuss your requirements so that arrangements can be made to meet your needs. Toilets and disabled toilets are provided at Keith Town and Dufftown stations. There are no toilets at Drummuir station or on board the trains.
School Block Bookings
Special rates apply for block bookings on normal scheduled services when only a restricted programme can be offered due to operational constraints.
The Keith and Dufftown Railway has operated Schools Charters for a number of years and for several Nursery & Primary Schools. The full program for Primary Schools lasts 2 hours 30 minutes to 2 hours 45 minutes and is offered throughout the year, subject to availability and operating conditions. Please note for Nursery Schools a more restricted program is offered and details of this can be obtained from the School Visit Co-ordinator. Depending on the programme envisaged up to a maximum of 60 pupils can be accommodated. The School Charter can comprise all or selected items from the following:
A single or return journey can be made from either Keith or Dufftown on one of our Diesel Multiple Units (DMU). On the journey the history of the line, current operations and points of interest on the way are explained.
Schools should provide their own packed lunches, which can be enjoyed in the picnic area close to Dufftown Station. In bad weather picnic lunches can be taken in the station building or on the train.
Normal practice is to split school visits into groups. Each group, with a maximum of 10 pupils, undertakes a session on the following:
Diesel Multiple Unit
Brake Van trip on works train
Diesel Multiple Unit
Pupils have a detailed look at the DMU, viewing the driver's cab from the outside and visiting the brake compartment. Among other things they will learn about the role of the driver, second man and guard.
Starting on the platform and taking in the trolleys, drinking fountain, post box and clock. Then moving into the circulation area to look at the weighing machine and artefacts displayed there and the ticket window. Moving into the booking office and then the waiting room.
The Works Train
The highlight of the visit is the short trip down the yard in the Brake Van of the Works Train. Pupils will find out about the shunting engine, what the brake van is used for and a little about our goods stock.
To compliment your visit to the railway a Workbook for Primary Schools is included in the package. The workbook contains photographs, maps, diagrams and drawings. In addition there is information about the railway and a series of questions designed to reinforce the knowledge gained during a visit to the railway.
Packages can be tailored with regard to length of visit and content to suit the needs of individual schools. Teachers are welcome to arrange a pre trip visit to the railway to meet and discuss their requirements with the Schools Visit Co-ordinator. For further information and queries on any aspect of the package available for Nursery & Primary Schools please contact:
School Visit Co-ordinator - Alistair Coull - 01542 831295
The KDR reserves the right for any reason deemed expedient to amend the content of any package offered to schools in accordance with operating conditions prevailing at the time of any proposed visit.