New rail station taking shape
A multi-million-pound rail train station in Kintore has taken a big step towards completion this week.
The Aberdeenshire town lost its rail link in the notorious Beeching cuts in 1964.
But now all Aberdeen to Inverness trains will call at the new station, costing £14.5 million, when it opens next May.
Reconnecting Kintore was included in plans to double-track the line between the Granite City and the Highland capital.
This week, main contractor BAM Nuttall lifted two 32ft-tall concrete shafts into place at either side of the track.
The eight-ton structures will form part of the new footbridge and lifts providing step-free access between the two platforms.
The new station has been funded by Transport Scotland, Aberdeenshire Council and Nestrans, to coincide with Scottish Government work to increase services between Aberdeen and Inverness.
The new station will also include a 168-space car park.