Stonehaven Railway Station

(Cala nan Clach)

A surprisingly busy railway station on the East Coast Main Line in S Aberdeenshire, Stonehaven (Gael: Cala nan Clach) lies on the East Coast Main Line, a half-mile (1 km) west northwest of the town centre. This station opened on the Aberdeen Railway in 1849. This line became part of the Caledonian Railway in 1866. It is now run by ScotRail, staffed part-time and used by more than 500,000 passengers annually (2015). Services call at Stonehaven between Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow, but trains also stop here en route to London and Penzance. The original Italianate station building remains, extended in the later 19th C., B-listed for its architectural merit in 1972 and restored in 2000. Attached to this building is an oversized timber awning supported on substantial cast-iron columns with decorative scrolled braces. The opposite platform has a modern passenger shelter. Next to the station is a large signal box (built 1901), a few sidings and a later 19th C. goods shed which is now C-listed.

Stonehaven is preceded by Laurencekirk Railway Station, 13 miles (21 km) to the southwest, and followed by Portlethen, 7½ miles (12 km) to the north northeast.

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