Dundee and Arbroath Railway

Introduction

This pioneering railway remains open today. The line runs from Dundee to Arbroath. The line was built to a gauge of 5ft 6in which led to closure for re-gauging, once standard gauge become common. It originally employed right hand working. Today it forms part of the main line from Dundee to Aberdeen carrying both local and long distance trains.

The west end, the approach from Craigie into Dundee, was built by another company, the Trades Lane and Carolina Port Railway.

It became a joint Caledonian Railway and North British Railway line in 1880 after the opening of the Tay Bridge [1st].






Dates

  /  /1836Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Act receives Royal assent.
  /  /1838Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Locomotives were supplied by Kinmond, Hutton and Steel of the Wallace Foundry, Blackness, Dundee.
06/10/1838Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Arbroath Lady Loan to Dundee Craigie opened. Stations opened at: Arbroath Lady Loan, Easthaven, Carnoustie [1st], Monifieth, Broughty Ferry, Dundee Craigie (a temporary terminus east of Dundee).
03/06/1839Dundee and Arbroath Railway Trades Lane and Carolina Port Railway
The Dundee and Arbroath Railway is extended west from Craigie to Roodyards by the Trades Lane and Carolina Port Railway (Dundee Harbour Trustees). With the extension opened the temporary Craigie terminus closed.
02/04/1840Dundee and Arbroath Railway Trades Lane and Carolina Port Railway
Roodyards to Dundee Trades Lane opened. Roodyards closed.
  /  /1846Dundee and Arbroath Railway Arbroath and Forfar Railway Junction Line (Dundee and Arbroath Railway)
Authorisation of a new D&A owned curve to link the Arbroath and Forfar Railway (at Almeriecloss) and Dundee and Arbroath Railway (at Geordie's Burn) with a new Arbroath Junction station. Also allows for abandonment of the Dundee and Arbroath Railway's terminus Arbroath Lady Loan.
  /  /1846Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Broughty Ferry to Broughty Pier authorised, a tightly curved line. The pier to be operated in connection with the ferries to Tayport.
  /  /1848Dundee and Perth Railway Dundee and Arbroath Railway
The Dundee and Perth Railway is given permission by parliament to lease the Dundee and Arbroath Railway. (Not done at this time.)
  /  /1848Dundee and Perth Railway Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Dundee Junction line authorised to link the Dundee and Perth Railway to the Dundee and Arbroath Railway (Trades Lane and Carolina Port Railway). (Not built.)
01/02/1848Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Arbroath (Lady Loan) closed and line cut back to the west where the new deviation connected.
01/02/1848Dundee and Arbroath Railway Arbroath and Forfar Railway Junction Line (Dundee and Arbroath Railway)
New D&A owned curve to linking the Arbroath and Forfar Railway (at Almeriecloss) and Dundee and Arbroath Railway (at Geordie's Burn) opened. The curve includes the new Arbroath Junction station.
15/05/1848Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Broughty Ferry to Broughty Pier opened. Broughty Pier station opened.
  /08/1848Dundee, Perth and Aberdeen Junction Railway
The Dundee and Perth Railway, having take a lease of the Dundee and Newtyle Railway in 1846 and entered into a long term operational agreement with the Dundee and Arbroath Railway in 1848, changes its name to the Dundee, Perth and Aberdeen Junction Railway.
  /  /1850Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Lease of line to the Dundee, Perth and Aberdeen Junction Railway ends.
  /  /1851Dundee and Perth Railway Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Proposed Dundee Junction line to link the Dundee and Perth Railway to the Dundee and Arbroath Railway (Trades Lane and Carolina Port Railway) abandoned.
01/05/1851Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Broughty Ferry to Broughty Pier closed, having been replaced with a new curve running from Broughty Pier to Broughty Junction.
31/07/1851Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Barry opened.
  /  /1855Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Elliot Junction opened.
14/12/1857Dundee and Arbroath Railway Trades Lane and Carolina Port Railway
Dundee East opened and Dundee Trades Lane closed.
14/12/1858Junction Line (Dundee and Arbroath Railway)
Permanent Arbroath Junction station opened.
  /  /1859Dundee and Arbroath Railway
West Ferry opened.
  /  /1860Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Broughty Ferry Shed and works closed and transferred to Arbroath.
31/01/1862Dundee and Arbroath Railway Scottish North Eastern Railway
The Dundee and Arbroath Railway is absorbed by the Scottish North Eastern Railway (official authorisation was in 1863).
  /  /1863Dundee and Arbroath Railway Scottish North Eastern Railway
Authorisation of the absorption of the Dundee and Arbroath Railway by the Scottish North Eastern Railway.
  /  /1866Dundee and Arbroath Railway
North British Railway authorised to purchase joint ownership of line.
  /  /1866North British Railway
Connection to the Dundee and Arbroath Railway authorised.
  /  /1867Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Broughty Ferry branch authorised.
  /  /1872Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Authorisation to improve Broughty Ferry station.
01/06/1878Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Broughty Junction to Broughty Pier closed to passengers with the opening of the Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway).
01/02/1880Dundee and Arbroath Joint Railway Caledonian Railway North British Railway
Dundee and Arbroath Joint Railway authorised (Caledonian Railway and North British Railway). This involved the bulk of the former Dundee and Arbroath Railway between Camperdown Junction and near Arbroath station and a short portion of the Arbroath and Forfar Railway as far as St Vigeans Junction. This followed the opening of the Tay Bridge [1st] in 1878 and the impending opening of the North British, Arbroath and Montrose Railway of 1880.
01/02/1880Carmyllie Railway
Becomes joint Caledonian Railway and North British Railway, when the Dundee and Arbroath Railway becomes the Dundee and Arbroath Joint Railway.
01/02/1880Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Broughty Junction to Broughty Pier re-opened following the Tay Bridge [1st] disaster - Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway).
19/06/1887Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Broughty Junction to Broughty Pier closed to passengers on opening of the new Tay Bridge.
  /  /1890Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Barry Review Platform opened for military use.
01/06/1893Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Barry Review Platform renamed Buddon Siding.
  /  /1900Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Carnoustie rebuilt. (Often said to be relocated from west side of level crossing to east side - but maps show the station clearly on the east side before 1900.)
  /02/1901Trades Lane and Carolina Port Railway Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Stannergate opened.
28/12/1906Dundee and Arbroath Railway
A North British Railway express which had been travelling from Edinburgh Waverley to Aberdeen Joint is blocked by snow at Arbroath and returns south. It strikes a local Caledonian Railway Arbroath to Dundee East train at Elliot Junction in a blizzard killing 22 passengers.
  /07/1910Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Buddon Siding renamed Buddon and opened to public. Opened to goods.
  /  /1911Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Rebuilding of Arbroath station complete. (Caledonian Railway authorised to buy land in 1900 and North British Railway in 1907.)
01/09/1914Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Buddon closed to public and renamed Buddon Siding.
  /  /1915Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Agreement with Secretary of State for War for Whitegates Level Crossing DA to be stopped up.
01/05/1916Trades Lane and Carolina Port Railway Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Stannergate closed.
01/01/1917Dundee and Arbroath Railway
West Ferry and Elliot Junction closed.
01/02/1919Dundee and Arbroath Railway
West Ferry and Elliot Junction re-opened.
01/04/1919Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Barry renamed Barry Links.
  /  /1957Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Buddon Siding closed.
05/01/1959Trades Lane and Carolina Port Railway Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Dundee East to Camperdown Junction closed to passengers.
07/11/1960Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Golf Street opened, initially only to southbound trains.
11/09/1961Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Golf Street opened to northbound trains, ie opened completely.
18/06/1962Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Balmossie Halt opened.
  /  /1967Trades Lane and Carolina Port Railway Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Dundee East closed to freight.
04/09/1967Dundee and Arbroath Railway
West Ferry, Easthaven, Elliot Junction stations closed.
  /07/1982Trades Lane and Carolina Port Railway Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Dundee Harbour sidings closed.
16/05/1983Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Balmossie Halt renamed Balmossie, and Golf Street Halt renamed Golf Street.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

Craigie was a temporary terminus consisting of a platform erected by the Broughty Ferry Road level crossing near Craigie House. The house was to the north.
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Trades Lane and Carolina Port Railway


This was a two platform station to the west of Broughty Ferry. The main building, of two storeys, was at the west end of the westbound platform and there was a waiting shelter on the eastbound platform.
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170 418 has just past the former station at West Ferry on 8 April 2011 as it heads south towards Dundee. ...
Bill Roberton 08/04/2011
The 4A13 Grangemouth - Aberdeen intermodal train, hauled by DRS 66423, seen heading north from Dundee near West Ferry on 8 April 2011. ...
Bill Roberton 08/04/2011
Remains of West Ferry station photographed on 23 May 2007, some 40 years after closure. ...
David Panton 23/05/2007
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This is a two platform station with a level crossing at the east end and a large station building at the east end of the westbound platform. The former signal box has been reassembled, after a period of storage, on the westbound platform.
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An Edinburgh to Arbroath service pulls out of Broughty Ferry station and across Gray Street on 13 November 2019. There is a pedestrian underpass to ...
David Panton 13/11/2019
Up close and personal. An Edinburgh to Inverurie service pulls out of
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David Panton 25/10/2017
The raised platform at Broughty Ferry. The lower level portion in front of the renovated station building is no longer in use. Note the covered subway ...
John Yellowlees 12/05/2019
An Arbroath to Edinburgh service crosses Gray Street and into Broughty Ferry station on 13 November 2019. The road is not particularly busy with ...
David Panton 13/11/2019
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This was a train ferry station. From here passengers, goods and freight travelled by train ferry to Tayport.
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To the west were lines to (from north to south):
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Dundee and Forfar Direct Railway
The Forfar direct line left the Dundee & Arbroath on the ^wrong^, southern side and climbed before swinging over it at Barnhill [Angus]. This was ...
David Panton 13/11/2019
View west along the D&A towards Broughty Junction in 1996. The abutments supported the bridge that, until 1967, carried the Caledonian direct line to ...
Ewan Crawford //1996
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This is a minimal modern station of two platforms between Broughty Ferry and Monifieth.
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Balmossie has not been called a Halt since 1983, but I find it difficult to call it a station. Here it is in all its glory in January 2019, seen ...
David Panton 22/01/2019
View from the eastbound platform at Balmossie on 19 September 2007. ...
David Panton 19/09/2007
Balmossie looking west to Broughty Ferry during reconstruction of the nearby footbridge in the summer of 1989. ...
Ewan Crawford //1989
Looking east from the footbridge at Balmossie on 19 September 2007.
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David Panton 19/09/2007
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This is a two platform station. It has a lattice girder footbridge (C listed). An early station building, now a house, is on the eastbound platform. It is a single storey building with some Tudor styling, plain but with a finial over a gable facing the trackbed. Originally the building backed onto a goods shed before enlargement of the goods yard around 1900.
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December 2018 improvements to services between Dundee and Arbroath mean that calls at Monifeith have leapt from 7 a day to 28, giving it a proper ...
David Panton 22/01/2019
Platform view looking north at Monifieth in September 2006. The station building that once stood here still survives - at Birkhill on the SRPS system ...
John Furnevel 12/09/2006
150 258 with the daily down train at Monifieth in July 1998. ...
David Panton /07/1998
Monifieth Rotary have adopted Monifieth Station with a barrel-train so as to mark additional calls there from 9 December by the 0453 ...
John Yellowlees 29/10/2013
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This station was opened to serve the military Barry Buddon Training Camp, which dates from around 1850.
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This is a two platform station. It is west of Carnoustie. It has gained some notoriety due to the very low number of passengers using the station annually.
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A Glasgow to Aberdeen service passes over the level crossing and through Barry Links at speed on 15 May 2019. It temporarily drowns out the sound of ...
David Panton 15/05/2019
An Arbroath to Edinburgh service hurries through Barry Links on 15 May 2019. Note the recently installed information screens; the service here was ...
David Panton 15/05/2019
A venerable sign (and some fine ironwork) at Barry Links station in October 1997.
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David Panton 23/10/1997
Barry West signal box seen looking west from the station in 1991. ...
Bill Roberton //1991
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This signal box was between Barry Links (to the west) and Golf Street (a little to the east) stations. It controlled access to three works on the north side of the line which were, from west to east:
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^I^m not stopping^. Just as well really as the train is three times longer than the platform. An LNER service for Aberdeen passes Golf Street on 15 ...
David Panton 15/05/2019
The rather insubstantial platforms at Golf Street actually give under your feet. This must be one of the few stations in Britain without departure ...
David Panton 27/02/2019
Wistful look east at Golf Street in September 2007. ...
Brian Forbes /09/2007
The daily service to Carnoustie at Golf Street in July 1998. (The trains destination blind did not contain Carnoustie - hence Dundee ...
David Panton /07/1998
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This station was replaced in 1900 with the present Carnoustie station. The site of the first station was then given over entirely to the goods yard for the new station.
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158.734 heads south at Carnoustie in 2005. Golf Street station can be seen in the distance. ...
Ewan Crawford 30/10/2005
Carnoustie level crossing, signal box and, on the right, an original station building which survived several station reconstructions. Despite its ...
Bill Roberton //1991
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This signal box was between Carnoustie (to the west) and Easthaven (to the east). The box was on the south side of the line alongside a trailing crossover and siding making a trailing connection to the eastbound line. This sidings served the Panbride Bleachfield which had further sidings accessed by turnplates.
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This is a two platform station on the east side of a level crossing. In 1900 it replaced an older station, on the same cramped site, the ticket office of which was to the west of the level crossing Carnoustie [1st] (see this link for notes about the older station location). To the west is a signal box, dating from 1898. This is on the south side of the line and just west of the level ...

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1439 to GLC arriving at Carnoustie ...
John Yellowlees 13/04/2016
An Arbroath to Edinburgh service makes its first stop on the precocious spring day of 27 February 2019. I can read the driver^s Him again? ...
David Panton 27/02/2019
A Glasgow to Aberdeen HST passes Carnoustie on 15 May 2019. The level-crossing barriers were recently replaced, but the renewal of signalling promised ...
David Panton 15/05/2019
The ^See it, say it, sorted^ set makes its first stop with an Arbroath to Edinburgh service on 15 May 2019. Note the semaphore peeking above it; we ...
David Panton 15/05/2019
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This signal box was between Carnoustie (to the west) and Easthaven (to the east). The box was on the south side of the line alongside a trailing crossover and siding making a trailing connection to the eastbound line. This sidings served the Panbride Bleachfield which had further sidings accessed by turnplates.
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This was a small two platform station. The main station building was on the eastbound platform.
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This station was located at the junction for the Carmyllie Railway. This was initially a goods and minerals only line, opened 1854, the line opening to passengers in 1900. The junction allowed trains from the Arbroath direction access to the branch.
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Carmyllie Railway
Among those killed in the alcohol-related collision at Elliot Junction in December 1906 was Alexander Black, the Liberal MP for Banffshire, whose ...
John Yellowlees 27/01/2019
Level Crossing gate next to the junction at Elliot Junction where the line crossed the A92. View looks north. ...
Ewan Crawford //1998
170 428 heads south past the site of Elliot Junction station on 16 October 2008 with an Aberdeen - Glasgow Queen Street service. ...
Sandy Steele 16/10/2008
Looking towards the former station at Elliot Junction in March 1999. View is over the site of the level crossing at the start of the Carmyllie branch. ...
David Panton 15/03/1999
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This station was located to the west of the harbour in Arbroath. A tramway connected with the harbour line of the Arbroath and Forfar Railway just to the east in the harbour. The tramway was not suitable for upgrade to a railway and a new Arbroath station (then Arbroath Joint) was opened on a connecting railway built by the Dundee and Arbroath Railway and Lady Loan closed.
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