Railway building on the move

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A DERELICT railway building at Oldmeldrum - constructed in the 1890s - has been dismantled and transported to Deeside.

The station 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.

The wooden structure, which has lain derelict in recent years, was used as an office and store following the closure of the Oldmeldrum to Inverurie branch line in 1965.

RDRPS spokesman John Lucas said: “The project to save the building was anything but straightforward – involving application to have it listed, Heritage Lottery Funding, granting of listed building consent (to allow us to remove it), liaising with Historic Scotland and granting of the required permissions from Aberdeenshire Council.

“Only after all the paperwork was in place could we start the painstaking job of dismantling and moving the building

“Work will now start on replacement of the lower timbers of the wall sections which have suffered quite badly from rot. Fortunately the upper part of the building is in remarkably good condition with mainly only cosmetic work being required.”

Refurbishment of the station will be undertaken during the summer with construction starting in the autumn.

Mr Lucas said: “The two main ongoing difficulties we have in the project are shortage of finance and shortage of manpower. We would be delighted to hear from anyone who can help with either.”

The society can be contacted through its website - www.deeside-railway.co.uk