The new company changed its name to Inverness & Aberdeen Junction Railway, but no final undertaking on running rights was made.-mile (20.1 km) extension of the Great North to Keith was opened on 10 October 1856, with two intermediate stations at Rothiemay and Grange.

Initially five services a day ran between Aberdeen and Keith, taking between 2 hours 40 minutes and 3 hours 5 minutes, although the number of services was later reduced to four.

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The report also criticised the station staff, who should not have allowed the carriages to be waiting at the station.

The layout at Kittybrewster was altered after the accident.

The railway operated its main line between Aberdeen and Keith and two routes west to Elgin, connections could be made at both Keith and Elgin for Highland Railway services to Inverness.

There were other junctions with the Highland Railway at Boat of Garten and Portessie, and at Aberdeen connections for journeys south over the Caledonian and North British Railways.

By 1867 it owned route miles (364.1 km) of line and operated over a further 61 miles (98 km).

The early expansion was followed by a period of forced economy, but in the 1880s the railway was refurbished, express services began to run and by the end of that decade there was a suburban service in Aberdeen.

The Aberdeen Railway (AR) opened from the south to Ferryhill, south of Aberdeen, in April 1850.

It had been previously arranged that the Aberdeen and Great North would amalgamate, but this was annulled that year and the Aberdeen was seeking alliances with railways to the south.-mile (2.8 km) branch that followed the Aberdeenshire Canal from Kittybrewster to a terminus at Waterloo by the docks.

The stations were The Inverness & Nairn Railway was authorised in 1854 to build a railway from Inverness to Nairn.

The Great North, still seeking to reach Inverness, had objected but withdrew after running rights over the railway were promised.

The company suggested at a meeting in November 1849 that whereas £650,000 was needed for a double-track railway from Aberdeen to Inverness, only £375,000 would be needed for a single-track railway from Kittybrewster, with William Cubitt as engineer. Between Inverurie and Aberdeen the line took over the Aberdeenshire Canal, the purchase of which delayed construction as it was necessary to settle the claims of each shareholder individually.