Deeside residents have chance to decide on colour of newly rebuilt station

Artist impression showing how Ballater Station would look with red coloured decorative timber.

A deeside community is seeking the public’s opinion on the colour of a newly rebuilt railway station after a local history group unearthed a photograph of its original paintwork.

The B-listed Old Royal Station in Ballater was badly damaged two years ago when a blaze engulfed and destroyed the historic wooden building.

When the station was closed in the 1960s following a national decision to restructure rail routes, it was painted in green “eau-de-nil” and cream – an identifiable British Railway colour scheme.

Now Ballater and Crathie Community Council are asking the public whether or not the station should be repainted in these colours instead of the more recent red and cream hues.

An online survey has been launched to determine the decor following the discovery of an old photograph by the Ballater Local History Group.

To take part in the survey please go to