Work has begun to create a new railway station for a north-east town.
Kintore Station is the newest addition to the region since 2009, when a site at Laurencekirk was built.
Works which started earlier this week are being carried out by Network Rail for the project, with the facility being built beside the B987 and Northern Road.
The project is spearheaded by NESTRANS, Network Rail and Aberdeenshire Council.
It forms part of the commitment for the Aberdeen to Inverness line upgrades. When completed, it will mean there will be between three and four peak-hour trains into Aberdeen from both Inverurie and Kintore, and will cut travel time from Aberdeen to Inverness down to two hours.
Kintore station has been closed for 54 years, after being in operation for 110 years – opening in 1854.
Residents have been urged to take part in workshops to develop ideas for potential future artwork, with features that could be included such as soft landscaping and small-scale artist installations leading up to the station.
A historic bench, which stood on the site before being lost and then cropping up again at an auction, will also be returned.
Nestrans chairman Councillor Peter Argyle said: “Work at Kintore Station began this week with de-vegetation. Following this, the contractors will then be working on establishing their site access and compound.
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“These are all necessary advance works prior to main construction commencing, which will coincide with the blockade of the line planned this summer.
“The final programme from contractors for completion of the project is still being agreed between parties. Nestrans are delighted this milestone has been reached.”
Councillor Martin Ford, a long-standing campaigner for the station, said: “After so many years campaigning to get a station built in Kintore, suddenly construction and opening seem very imminent.
“At last, work is to begin on site.
“It is only a few months now before the structures of the station should be under construction, and only a matter of months after that before the station is due to be finished and then opened.”