This line is closed.
The line ran along the south bank of the Tay.
The area is highly populated and the line was busy with commuter traffic to
Dundee over the Tay Bridge.
The line was opened after the first Tay Bridge
opened, but before its collapse.
Description of route
From Wormit to Tayport via Newport-on-Tay.
This station was opened after the line was
opened. The station had two platforms and immediately to its east the line singled
and entered a tunnel. One of the station buildings from here is now at Birkhill
on the Bo'ness and Kinneil
Railway. The platforms remain intact here.
The line connected to the Tay
Bridge and Associated Lines here at a north facing junction. When the line
initially opened it connected to the original bridge and joined the first bridge
at a junction out above the Tay - the line ran out on a viaduct which joined
the Tay Bridge several hundred feet out over the Tay. There was a signalbox
at the junction (the same style as the box which originally controlled the approach
line from Leuchars as the line singled to go onto the bridge). Wormit is where
the foundry for making much of the first Tay Bridge was established.
When the new Tay Bridge was built the alignment
was altered here so that the junction was on dry land.
There was also a connection from the Newport
Railway to the Leuchars line, junction facing south, which passed under the
This was a two platform station. The station
building stll stands, in a housing estate looking like an older house in a street
of 1970s houses.
This was a two platform station with a goods
yard at its east end. The site of the station is now a footpath. The route of
the former line is obvious but the station itself has lost its platform.
The Newport Railway joined the Edinburgh
and Northern Railway at Tayport. It joined at a south facing junction, just
to the north of a level crossing to the north of Tayport station. The route
of the line is traceable.
Page created on 19/01/1998
Page last edited on: 02/04/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford