Funding boost raises the platform for heritage rail line

Lottery boost for Keith to Dufftown heritage rail line
Lottery boost for Keith to Dufftown heritage rail line

NEW HERITAGE LOTTERY funding is set to provide another boost to Tourism in Moray through improvements to the increasingly popular Keith and Dufftown Railway.

The 11-mile stretch of line operated by the voluntary association that has operated the line since it was abandoned by British Rail in 1991 has secured £48,000 heritage funding that will be used to further improve Dufftown Station.

A new concrete floor will be put in place in the loco shed with a viewing area created that will allow visitors to observe work being undertaken on the vintage engines operated along the railway. This will include an access ramp for wheelchair-bound guests.

Steve Rhodes, who is the association director, said: “There are already a lot of railway enthusiasts who visit, sometimes in touring crews, but now we will be able to offer them a better experience.

“We are thrilled to have received support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and are confident that it will help us maintain and restore vintage rail vehicles. It should boost our position as one of the major tourist attractions in Moray, which will also bring in additional income to the local economy.”