Project to restore historic Aberdeenshire station destroyed by fire could be complete by Easter

Inside the train station, some royal exhibits survived the fire.

A historic railway station destroyed by a fire more than two years ago could reopen by Easter.

Aberdeenshire Council had hoped to reopen the Ballater Railway Station by the end of the year but this has now been put back until next year.

Ballater’s B-Listed Old Royal Station was used by the Royal Family when travelling to nearby Balmoral until the 1960s and had become a popular tourist destination in the years since.

Watch: Historic footage shows royal family at Ballater train station

But on May 12, 2015, it was engulfed in a massive blaze.

Large parts of the building were destroyed in the blaze.

More than 50 firefighters battled to save the Victorian railway station but much of the building was damaged beyond repair.

However, the royal carriage and waiting room were both salvaged by the emergency services.

And now, in the midst of a major £3 million renovation project led by Aberdeenshire Council, work is progressing on the site.

Gallery: Fire rips through historic Ballater train station

A spokeswoman for the local authority said: “The entire project was originally planned to be complete by the end of 2017 with work now scheduled to be complete by Easter 2018.

“Construction activity at Ballater Station continues and the building has now reached a wind and water tight stage with the majority of main fabric work complete.

“The external elements such as the stone and brick chimneys, slating and leadwork, feature timber work and windows, are now complete, which allows the building’s presence to be visible within the town once again.

“The project team have been working closely with Historic Environment Scotland on the re-instatement works to ensure the quality of the construction is equal to that lost in the fire of May 2015.

“As the winter weather approaches the work now focuses on the internal works which has a combination of re-instatement works, to historically important interiors, and more open spaces to accommodate the new uses.

“External works to form Station Square commenced on November 27 which has required a road closure while the re-surfacing work takes place and is due to complete in March 2018.

“The new, revamped public square is proposed in front of the station, linking it to the nearby Victoria and Albert Halls and creating a destination point for the Deeside Way.”

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