Arbroath and Forfar Railway

Introduction

This line ran from Arbroath (Catherine Street) to Forfar (Playfield). The line is closed (except for a short section between St Vigeans Junction and The Dens sidings in Arbroath). Today the nearest station is at Arbroath.






Dates

  /  /1836Arbroath and Forfar Railway
Act receives Royal assent.
24/11/1838Arbroath and Forfar Railway
Opened partly with horse haulage. Stations opened at: Arbroath (Catherine Street), Colliston, Leysmill.
04/12/1838Arbroath and Forfar Railway
Leysmill to Forfar officially opened. Stations opened at: Leysmill, Friockheim, Guthrie, Auldbar Road, Clocksbriggs, Forfar (Playfield).
03/01/1839Arbroath and Forfar Railway
Completely opened. James Gow was the locomotive superintendent. Three locomotives were supplied by James Stirling of Dundee Foundry.
  /  /1846Arbroath and Forfar Railway
Converted to standard gauge from 5ft6in.
30/07/1846Arbroath and Forfar Railway
Arbroath (Catherine Street) to Friockheim doubling contract let, contractor Robert Moffat Junior.
07/08/1846Arbroath and Forfar Railway
Friockheim to Forfar (Playfield) doubling contract let, contractor David Murray.
  /  /1848Arbroath and Forfar RailwayAberdeen Railway
Merged with Aberdeen Railway.
01/02/1848Arbroath and Forfar Railway
Arbroath (Catherine Street) closed to passengers, replaced by the nearby Arbroath Junction station on the new link line.
02/08/1848Arbroath and Forfar Railway
Forfar (Playfield) closed to passengers replaced by Forfar [2nd] on the Scottish Midland Junction Railway.
  /  /1900Arbroath and Forfar Railway
Singled. Southbound track lifted.
01/01/1917Arbroath and Forfar Railway
Clocksbriggs closed.
01/06/1919Arbroath and Forfar Railway
Clocksbriggs re-opened.
01/01/1923Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Arbroath and Forfar Railway
Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
Caledonian Railway
Glasgow and South Western Railway
Callander and Oban Railway
Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway
Highland Railway
Cathcart District Railway
Killin Railway
Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Portpatrick and Wigtownshire Joint Committee
Brechin and Edzell District Railway
Dornoch Light Railway
Wick and Lybster Light Railway
Grouped into London, Midland and Scottish Railway.
05/12/1955Arbroath and Forfar Railway
Arbroath (St Vigeans Junction) to Forfar (Guthrie Junction) closed to passengers. Colliston, Leysmill, Friockheim, Guthrie, Clocksbriggs closed.
05/12/1955Arbroath and Forfar Railway
St Vigeans Junction to Letham Mill Level Crossing closed to goods.
11/06/1956Arbroath and Forfar Railway
Auldbar Road closed.
  /  /1962Denburn Valley Line Aberdeen Railway Arbroath and Forfar Railway Scottish Midland Junction Railway Scottish Central Railway Caledonian Railway Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway Buchanan Street Extension (Glasgow, Garnkirk and Coatbridge Railway)
A4 Pacifics introduced on the Aberdeen Joint to Glasgow Buchanan Street 3 hour Grampian run.
25/01/1965Arbroath and Forfar Railway
Colliston to Guthrie Junction (excluded) closed to goods.
03/09/1966Denburn Valley Line Aberdeen Railway Arbroath and Forfar Railway Scottish Midland Junction Railway Scottish Central Railway Caledonian Railway Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway Buchanan Street Extension (Glasgow, Garnkirk and Coatbridge Railway)
A4 Pacifics from Aberdeen Joint to Glasgow Buchanan Street withdrawn.
04/09/1967Aberdeen RailwayArbroath and Forfar Railway
Forfar North Junction (excluded) to Bridge of Dun (excluded) closed to all traffic.
04/09/1967Scottish Midland Junction Railway
Arbroath and Forfar Railway
Newtyle and Coupar Angus Railway
Newtyle, Eassie and Glammiss Railway
Aberdeen Railway
Stanley Junction to Kinnaber Junction closed to passengers. Coupar Angus, Alyth Junction, Forfar and Bridge of Dun stations closed.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.


This was the terminus of the Arbroath and Forfar Railway. A goods line continued beyond the station, on its east side, to Arbroath Harbour.
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Abroath harbour lines looking north to Arbroath station in 1961. The view is from Shore with South Grimsby level crossing just beyond the wagons. ...
David Murray-Smith 03/04/1961
A view in Arbroath of the harbour line in 1961. The view is towards the Harbour from North Grimsby (street). The original Catherine Street terminus is ...
David Murray-Smith 03/04/1961

This junction was directly north of today's Arbroath station. It was the connection between the Arbroath and Forfar Railway of 1838 and the Junction Line (Dundee and Arbroath Railway) of 1847 which linked the A&F to the Dundee and Arbroath Railway.
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Unusual view of 170 421 as it passes Arbroath with an Aberdeen-Glasgow sevice on 25 April 2008. ...
Sandy Steele 25/04/2008
170 411 about to run into Arbroath station on 15 June with an Aberdeen - Glasgow service, after passing Arbroath North box. ...
David Panton 15/06/2009
158871 + 170434 leaving Arbroath on 25 May 2011 with an Edinburgh-Aberdeen train. ...
Sandy Steele 25/05/2011
A 125 sits in Arbroath station viewed from Wellbank Junction. The original station here was further on and to the left - the line did not curve as it ...
Ewan Crawford //2005

Arbroath signal box remains open today, alongside Wellgate level crossing.
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The signal box at Arbroath North on 11 October 2017, looking back from Wellgate level crossing towards the station. ...
Andy Furnevel 11/10/2017
The signal box at Arbroath is rather imposing, but the lack of refurbishment, to the exterior anyway, suggests that it will soon be redundant. Mind ...
David Panton 19/10/2016
A1 Pacific 60163 'Tornado' passing Arbroath with the 'Aberdonian' on 14 March 2019. ...
Sandy Steele 14/03/2019
A HST 125 enters Arbroath from the north and passes the signalbox. ...
Ewan Crawford //2005

This was a two road shed north of Arbroath and Arbroath Junction. It was on the east side of the line north of the Cairnie Street / Guthrie Port bridge. Access was via a reversing spur which made a trailing connection to the southbound line. There was a turntable on the eastern of the two shed roads.
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This was a three road shed built to the north of Arbroath station on the line to Forfar. It was similar to Forfar Shed [2nd] in appearance (which still stands) but with three lines.
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DRS 66 428 heads a Grangemouth-Aberdeen container train past St Vigeans just north of Arbroath in May 2009. ...
Sandy Steele /05/2009

This siding was north of St Vigeans Junction on the closed line to Forfar. The siding was on the east side of the line and approached from the north. Just to the north was a level crossing. There was a signal box on the east side of the line, just south of the crossing, and a trailing crossover. The siding led to the Letham Mill.
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This was the junction for a siding to Waukmill Bleachfield (different spelling). Today the location is known as Waulkmills.
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This was a station with two staggered platforms. The northbound platform was north of the level crossing on the west side, with the goods yard to the east (served from the north), and the southbound platform to the south of the crossing on the east side. A footbridge, south of the road, crossed the line. This had two sets of stairs at its east end (one from the roadway and another from the ...

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Looking south at the former Colliston station. ...
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This was a two platform station with staggered platforms. A mineral line ran from the north end of the station to the west to serve Leysmill Quarry.
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Looking south east at Leysmill station. ...
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This signal box controlled access to Border Quarry, on the north/east side of the railway. There was a siding running from the southbound line, reached by reversal. The signal box was opposite on the south/west side. The Legaston Quarry was on the south/west side of the line.
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This junction had a very chequered history - opening and re-closing several times.
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Looking south at Friockheim Junction. The Aberdeen Railway came in from the left and the former route to Forfar is to the right. ...
Ewan Crawford //


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A postcard view of Friockheim viewed from the south. The rather curious appearance of the top left corner is due to an overly keen philatelist who ...
Ewan Crawford Collection //
Looking east at the former Friockheim station where the railway crossed the roadway on an overbridge. ...
Ewan Crawford //
C.R. 0.4.4T 55198 entering Friokheim. Forfar-Arbroath train. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/04/1953

Although the site of Guthrie station, just to the west of the junction, has been largely landscaped (except for some buildings), the junction remains recognisable.
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Looking east at Guthrie Junction. The route to Arbroath was to the left and the Aberdeen Railway was to the right. ...
Ewan Crawford //
44934 piloting 73008 past Guthrie Junction on up Granite City. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 18/07/1953
Guthrie Junction. N.B.R. 4.4.2T 67491 on Arbroath-Forfar Local. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/04/1953
Forfar - Arbroath train passing Guthrie Junction. NBR 4.4.2T 67493. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 15/08/1953

This was a junction station opened on the route of the former 1838 Arbroath and Forfar Railway for the opening of the 1848 Aberdeen Railway. Guthrie Junction was to the east.
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Arbroath-Forfar local. C.R. 15195 at Guthrie Junction. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 02/05/1949

This is a small attractive railway bridge, a single arch over a private driveway, in use from 1838. It is west of the former Guthrie station and south of Guthrie Castle. The line crossed over the main entry to the castle. The bridge is listed 'B'. The bridge is castellated with small octagonal towers and the emblem of the Guthrie family on a tablet. A lodge was also built. (A similar ...

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Detail on Guthrie Gate showing the Guthrie family coat of arms. ...
Craig Seath //1982
The Guthrie Gate is a railway bridge dating from 1839. The Arbroath and Forfar Railway passed over the main entry to Guthrie Castle here and the ...
Ewan Crawford //1996
Guthrie Gate. The castellated bridge and gatehouse to the west of Guthrie station where the railway crossed the access road to the Guthrie estate. ...
Craig Seath //1982

This was a two platform station by Balgavies Loch.
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The former station at Auldbar Road, near Guthrie, Angus, looking east towards Guthrie Junction in 1996. The platforms were situated behind the camera ...
Ewan Crawford //1996

This was a two platform station on the Strathmore main line with the main station building on the northbound platform and a level crossing at the west end.
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This oil depot was west of Clocksbriggs station on the north side of the line. A set of sidings on the north side of the line served the depot. These were approached by reversal over the level crossing to the east.
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Ex-Caledonian 4-4-0 54450 with a down goods passing Forfar North Junction in April 1953.
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G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/04/1953
A lightweight up freight runs through Forfar North Junction on a misty 20 July 1953. Locomotive in charge is Forfar based Crab 2-6-0 no 42800. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 20/07/1953
View north east at Forfar North Junction in 1996. The main line north to Aberdeen runs ahead and the infilled cutting of the line to Broughty Ferry is ...
Ewan Crawford //1996
The Station is well gone... an industrial area covers the old station site. The Bridge has four spans. [Railscot note: this bridge has since been ...
Colin Harkins 31/08/2006


This was the terminus of the Arbroath and Forfar Railway in Forfar. The station was replaced by Forfar [2nd] on the opening of the Scottish Midland Junction Railway and the re-gauging of the Arbroath and Forfar Railway.
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