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The first part of the Deeside Line was from Ferryhill  Junction to Banchory and opened on 8/9/1853  (goods/passengers).
The Deeside Line closed on 28/2/1966 (passengers), 18/7/1966 (goods west of Culter), 2/1/1967 (remainder)
The second part of the Deeside Line was from  Banchory to Aboyne and opened on 2/12/1859  (goods/passengers).
The third part of the Deeside Line (the “Aboyne and  Braemar” Railway) was from Aboyne only to Ballater  and opened on 17/10/1866 (goods/passengers).  As  this was after the Lease came into effect, GNSR ran  the Ballater trains from the start. The fact that Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and  Gotha and his wife had, in 1852, bought what later  became Balmoral Castle may - or may not - have  anything to do with the fact that the Deeside Line  never extended beyond Bridge of Gairn (a mile west  of Ballater).
The Deeside Railway - attempting to get better  terms from Scottish North Eastern Railway (SNER)  for the latter’s proposed Scottish Northern Junction  Railway, from Stonehaven to Kintore (which would  cross the Deeside at Culter) offered to lease itself to GNSR.  This idea was seized upon by GNSR, as a  way of obstructing the SNER.  The Lease was for  999 years from 1/9/1866.
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