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Ballater, the Royal Train Station Picture

queen victoria arriving at ballater picture photograph

Picture of the inside of Ballater Train Station
This is a picture of the inside of Ballater Train Station. Situated 11 miles (18km) west of Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It was the end of the line for the royal train before it closed as part of the Beeching cuts in 1966. The station was formerly the terminus of a branch line from Aberdeen.

It was the nearest station to Balmoral Castle, a personal residence of the British monarch. Queen Victoria travelled regularly by royal train from Windsor (hence the picture of her) and the exhibit clearly shows this.

Ballater Station was rebuilt to incorporate a 'Royal Waiting Room' (pictured below) but this picture is unfortuanley perhaps one of the last taken as the building itself was destroyed by fire in the early hours of the 12 May 2015.

Ballater itself is now visited due to its close location to Balmoral Castle, which is only about 8 miles (13km) to the west. In town there are signs of 'royal appointment' above many of the shops

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