A journey back in time: can you help with information?

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A local architect is calling for information regarding Aboyne Station as it was in the 1950s as he prepares to build a scale model.

Michael Rasmussen of Aboyne, is appealing to Piper readers for their help with his upcoming project to build a scale model of the railway station, as it was in the early 1950s, just before the end of steam.

Mr Rasmussen moved to Aboyne with his parents in 1969, at which time the infrastructure of the station and surrounding area was still in tact.

He said: “I then went off to Art College and when I came back the line had closed, the A93 had been re-routed and everything had gone!

“I have a few pictures of the station but there is a lot missing.”

Mr Rasmussen currently has a plan of the old Aboyne Station and area surrounding it, although more information is required.

More specifically, he is appealing for photographs and memories of or information about the following buildings.

The old Aboyne Mill, a fine, large, granite mill, with two water wheels and a miller’s cottage, is no longer standing and photographs of it or information on how it worked are requested.

Mr Rasmussen is also interested in details of the old Central Garage, which burned down during the 1970s and the Station Yard.

He said: “There are very few pictures of the Goods Yard. Can anyone remember how it worked? Were there any haulage contractors, and if so, who?

“Where was the station master’s house and were there any railway cottages?”

Plans show buildings between the Low Road and the Tarland Burn, which have yet to be identified.

Aboyne shopkeepers and residents may also be able to help paint a picture of the shops which traded in Station Square at the time, particularly up until 1966.

Any information and pictures would help to recreate the station area as it once was.

Memories of Aboyne just after the war are also welcome.

The model will run from the road bridge over the railway in the east to the tunnel below the Green in the west.

Anyone with information should contact Michael Rasmussen on 013398 86965 or send an email to mike@rasarc.com.