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Blacksboat Railway Station Including Goods Shed, Platform and Boundary Walls

A Category B Listed Building in Speyside Glenlivet, Moray

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.4336 / 57°26'0"N

Longitude: -3.3621 / 3°21'43"W

OS Eastings: 318317

OS Northings: 838954

OS Grid: NJ183389

Mapcode National: GBR L922.DKT

Mapcode Global: WH6KC.BF76

Entry Name: Blacksboat Railway Station Including Goods Shed, Platform and Boundary Walls

Listing Date: 7 May 2004

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 397471

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB49841

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Inveravon

County: Moray

Electoral Ward: Speyside Glenlivet

Traditional County: Morayshire

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Description

1863. Single storey, 7-bay, rectangular-plan former railway station. Snecked rubble with roughly dressed quoins.

S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: symmetrical. Broad tripartite centre bay with door and flanking windows (all blocked, see Notes) divided by fluted pilasters with stylised scroll capitals giving way to frieze with 'BLACKSBOAT'. 3 narrow windows to each flanking bay.

W ELEVATION: gabled elevation with boarded timber door and reinforced glass fanlight to left.

N (REAR) ELEVATION: boarded timber door to centre with bipartite window to right and further single window beyond. Boundary wall abutting at outer right.

Horizontal 4-pane glazing pattern in timber casement windows. Graded grey slates with stone ridge. Coped ashlar ridge stacks and ashlar-coped skews with block skewputts.

INTERIOR: all fittings removed.

GOODS SHED: slated pyramidal roof to square-plan, horizontally-clad timber goods shed on rubble and coped ashlar base. Large sliding timber doors to N, W and E elevations, latter also with further window opening; S elevation with 2 horizontal windows close to eaves.

PLATFORM AND BOUNDARY WALLS: flat-coped rubble platform wall to S of station building, and rubble boundary walls.

Statement of Interest

Blacksboat (former) Railway Station is a well-detailed survival of a century of rail service to the parish. The former railway line now forms part of the Speyside Way. An early photograph shows the station building much as it appears today (2004) but with centre 2-leaf door, part-glazed with margined glazing, and segmental-headed flanking windows set into square-headed frames over apparently plain timber aprons. The name 'BLACKSBOAT' appears above the door only. Nearby are two small cast-iron girder bridges, built by the railway. Nelson describes them as having 'three cast iron girders and wooden transverse beams and the sides are cast iron panels. One crosses the old track and the other, judging by the ramp-like bank in the field below, perhaps crossed a siding. Such cast iron girder bridges are very uncommon in this area'. Blacksboat Station was opened on 1st July 1963 and closed on 18th October 1965 (Butt). Listed category B in consideration of the rare survival of the goods shed and the group interest in both buildings.

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