Aberdeen Station Marks 150th Anniversary

Saturday, 4 November 2017

The ScotRail Alliance will today, Saturday 4 November, mark the 150th anniversary of Aberdeen station.

An event will be held at the station, where one of the first high-speed trains will be officially named the “Aberdeen Station 150th Anniversary” train.

The station first opened on 4 November 1867, and has served the city of Aberdeen and the wider North East of Scotland well since then.

To mark the anniversary, the following displays will be featured in the station:

  • Information on the planned Aberdeen station redevelopment
  • A history of Aberdeen station, produced by the Great North of Scotland Railway Association
  • Details of the ongoing Aberdeen-Inverness improvement works

The ScotRail Alliance will also hand out 1,000 cupcakes to customers in the station on Saturday.

In September, the first high-speed train arrived in Aberdeen for driver training ahead of entry into passenger service next year.

ScotRail Alliance Managing Director Alex Hynes said:

“Aberdeen station has been at the heart of the city for 150 years, so it’s an honour to be able to mark this important anniversary.

“The investment we are making – the high-speed trains connecting Scotland’s seven cities, the Aberdeen to Inverness improvement programme, and the redevelopment of Aberdeen station – means it’s an exciting time for this part of the country. This investment will improve the service we offer to our customers and support the local economy.

“Aberdeen station is central to our plan to build the best railway Scotland has ever had.”

Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport and the Islands, said:

“Aberdeen is a key station on Scotland’s growing rail network and it is a real pleasure to mark its 150th anniversary.

“Our commitment to rail services in this area is underlined by the investment we are making in improvements to the infrastructure and services in this part of the country. The more we make rail an attractive transport choice, the more we can spark economic growth by attracting business to the region, while also accruing health benefits through reducing the reliance on cars ”

NOTES

Further details of the Aberdeen to Inverness upgrade programme can be found on the Transport Scotland website.