The distillation of Scotch Whisky has long been an important activity in the Strathspey area, and from the late 19th century to the latter part of the 20th century railways played a vital part in supporting the whisky industry. The Strathspey Railway is fortunate in having two locomotives that played a key part in supporting the Speyside whisky industry.
While the main focus of the Strathspey Railway is running steam trains for the paying public, a small but dedicated group of volunteers has been restoring other items of heritage interest in spare moments between working on the loco fleet and improving locoshed infrastructure and facilities.
The current project is a Ruston Hornsby 48DS diesel shunter of 1948 which worked at Longmorn distillery until 1980 (even though Dr Beeching had closed the adjacent main line in 1967). Because it was presented to the Strathspey Railway repainted with advertisements for Queen Anne blended scotch whisky, it is known to most people as “Queen Anne”.
To find out more about our aims, follow this link or click the [About] button above.
This Blog was started over 5 years after the project began, so most of the initial blog entries are retrospective.
Friday 25 March 2022
Latest Diesel Gala Video Uploaded
Here is a compilation of film clips of Queen Anne taken at the Gala on Friday 18th March :-