The line was opened on 1 July 1863 between Dufftown and Abernethy (later Nethy Bridge). It was extended to meet up with the Inverness and Perth Junction Railway (later the Highland Railway) at Boat of Garten on 1 August 1866. The Strathspey Railway actually met the Highland line at Tullochgorum, some 3 miles north of Boat of Garten, but the two lines ran parallel until reaching Boat, the physical junction being to the south of Boat of Garten station. The same year, 1866, saw the Strathspey Railway become part of the larger Great North of Scotland Railway (GNSR).
The railway served the numerous distilleries that operated in the Spey Valley, many of these distilleries having their own small tank engines, or 'pugs' as they were known.
The Speyside line closed to passengers on 18 October 1965, the same date as the closure of the Highland line between Aviemore and Forres. Grantown on Spey, which had previously been served by two separate stations, was now left without any rail connection. The railway closed for good in 1968.
In Train Simulator
In this project my aim is to recreate the line between Craigelachie and Boat of Garten as it was in the 1950's. This will allow for a great variety of rolling stock and traction to be used. In addition the section between Craigelachie and Keith Junction will also be included in the route, although this was not part of the Speyside Line.
The line is single track with loops at most stations, the route also features challenging gradients and tight curves as it negotiates it's way up the river. There are various options for varied gameplay. Passenger workings range from through trains to the infamous railbus which served the line in it's latter years. Likewise there are many opportunities for freight workings with the whisky traffic, many of which are served by their own branch lines which will be modeled.
To bring the route and it's fantastic scenery to life i will be using a variety of custom assets, the first time I have done so. There is a huge list of potential candidates to be made and it all takes time, so if you are interested in helping out why not send me an email. It would be most appreciated.
As of September 2017 track is laid to Dailuaine Halt with scenery covering about 1/2 the length. Theres a long way to go yet so to keep updated on progress make sure to like my page on Facebook.
August 2017: Route building begins at Craigellachie
November 2017: Carron
March 2018: Knockando
June 2018: Advie
November 2018: Grantown
Here's a little taster of what to expect: