Work is ongoing to commission a new platform at Crathes West Lodge (the old A93 lay-by), to be named Riverside Halt.
The platform is built using a number of 20 ft half-height containers laid end to end, with timber decking and fencing, and suitable access ramps, steps and lighting.
Current activities include track panel sorting, and levelling the trackbed and east turnout.
It is hoped to have the new station ready to accept passenger services once the covid restrictions are lifted in 2021.
This video shows the first train arriving into the new platform at west lodge.
The volunteers of the Royal Deeside Railway Preservation Society have been making good progress at West Lodge, with invaluable help from McIntosh Plant Hire & Heavy Logistics.
To operate the points at West Lodge, the volunteers need to install a lever frame. The levers are connected to the points by steel rodding. The volunteers of the Royal Deeside Railway Preservation Society have finished constructing the base for the lever frame, which was assembled out of sleepers and sunk into the ground.
Photos courtesy James West & F.McGhie
Lighting courtesy of Palmaris Plant Hire.
Chipper courtesy of Trees R Us
Digger courtesy of McIntosh Plant Hire)