Inverurie Loco Works

The Locomotive and Carriage Works played a significant part in the development and history of Inverurie. Built around 1905 by the Great North of Scotland Railway it provided the main source of employment in the town for over 60 years.

Only ten locomotives were ever built at the Works however, the main emphasis being on servicing and repairs. It closed in 1969.

According to Historic Scotland “the works at Inverurie were, for their time, advanced in terms of layout and equipment and included a 60 ton electric travelling crane for easy movement of locomotives over each other in the erecting shop, and a very wide use of electricity for lighting and powering various machines (electricity, taken from the works’ current, was also supplied to the workers’ homes, an unusual luxury for houses of this class at the turn of the century). “

There was also a water supply piped underground from the Polnar Dam some 4 miles distant and I suspect that this may have been the power supply for the electric generators.


The site is currently under sensitive reconstruction as flats, a retail park and offices.


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