Meldrum station is on right track

A section of the station is lowerved into place.
A section of the station is lowerved into place.

A DERELICT Oldmeldrum railway building, which was dismantled during the summer and transported to Deeside, is being rebuilt.

The station - constructed in the 1890s - was taken down in stages over the last year by volunteers from the Royal Deeside Railway Preservation Society (RDRPS) and moved to their base near Banchory.

Now work is under way on the platform at Milton of Crathes to restore the station - a task which is expected to take about a year to complete.

RDRPS chairman John Lucas said: “The work is well in progress and it is starting to take shape.

“Our main aim at the moment is to get the building weatherproof for the winter. We will resume work in the spring and hope to complete the project about this time next year.”

Mr Lucas added that the station would house the ticket office, shop and toilet facilities. The plan is also to include a small museum containing artefacts held by the preservation society.

The historic structure, which had lain empty in recent years, was used as an office and store following the clsoure of the Oldmeldrum to Inverurie branch line in 1965.

The project to save the station was complex and long-running.

Mr Lucas said the main structure is in good condition, in particular the roof. However, the lower part of the side walls will need considerable work.

This will involve cutting out the rotten sections of the structural timber frame and replacing them with new wooden sections. The two end rooms are also in poor condition and will have to be largely rebuilt.

For more details about the society visit www.deeside-railway.co.uk

The line at Milton of Crathes is currently about a mile long and the return journey lasts about 15-20 minutes.