Dundee and Arbroath Railway

Introduction

This railway is open. The line runs from Dundee to Arbroath. The line was built to a gauge of 5ft 6in which led to closure for re-gauging in later years. It originally employed right hand working. It became a joint Caledonian Railway and North British Railway line.






Dates

  /  /    [Dundee and Arbroath Railway]
Barry Links Buddon Siding renamed Buddon Siding.
  /  /1836[Dundee and Arbroath Railway]
Act receives Royal assent.
  /  /1838[Dundee and Arbroath Railway]
Locomotives were supplied by Kinmond, Hutton and Steel of the Wallace Foundry, Blackness, Dundee.
06/10/1838[Dundee and Arbroath Railway]
Arbroath Lady Loan to Dundee Craigie opened. Stations opened at: Arbroath Lady Loan, East Haven, Carnoustie, Monifieth, Broughty Ferry, Dundee Craigie.
03/06/1839[Dundee and Arbroath Railway]
Craigie to Roodyards opened. Craigie closed.
02/04/1840[Dundee and Arbroath Railway]
Roodyards to Dundee Trades Lane opened. Roodyards closed.
24/05/1847[Dundee and Arbroath Railway]
Dundee to Barnhill opened.
01/02/1848[Dundee and Arbroath Railway]
Arbroath (Lady Loan) closed.
15/05/1848[Dundee and Arbroath Railway]
Broughty Ferry to Broughty Pier opened. Broughty Pier station opened.
01/05/1851[Dundee and Arbroath Railway]
Broughty Ferry to Broughty Pier closed.
01/05/1851[Dundee and Arbroath Railway]
Broughty Ferry Pier Junction to Broughty Pier opened.
31/07/1851[Dundee and Arbroath Railway]
Barry opened.
  /  /1855[Dundee and Arbroath Railway]
Elliot Junction opened.
14/12/1857[Dundee and Arbroath Railway]
Dundee East opened and Dundee Trades Lane closed.
  /  /1859[Dundee and Arbroath Railway]
West Ferry opened.
  /  /1860[Dundee and Arbroath Railway]
Broughty Ferry engine shed and works closed and transferred to Arbroath.
  /  /1863[Dundee and Arbroath Railway]
[Scottish North Eastern Railway]
Dundee and Arbroath Railway absorbed by Scottish North Eastern Railway.
01/06/1878[Dundee and Arbroath Railway]
Broughty Ferry Pier Junction to Broughty Pier closed.
01/02/1880[Dundee and Arbroath Railway]
Broughty Ferry Pier Junction to Broughty Pier re-opened following the Tay Bridge disaster - [Tay Bridge and associated lines].
19/06/1887[Dundee and Arbroath Railway]
Broughty Ferry Pier Junction to Broughty Pier closed to passengers.
01/06/1893[Dundee and Arbroath Railway]
Barry Review Platform renamed Barry Links Buddon Siding.
  /  /1900[Dundee and Arbroath Railway]
Carnoustie relocated from west side of level crossing to east side.
  /02/1901[Dundee and Arbroath Railway]
Stannergate opened.
28/12/1906[Dundee and Arbroath Railway]
A [North British Railway] express which had been traveling from Edinburgh to Aberdeen is blocked by snow at Arbroath and returns south. It strikes a local [Caledonian Railway] Arbroath to Dundee train at Elliot Junction in a blizzard killing 22 passengers.
  /07/1910[Dundee and Arbroath Railway]
Buddon Siding renamed Buddon and opened to public
01/09/1914[Dundee and Arbroath Railway]
Buddon closed to public and renamed Buddon Siding.
01/05/1916[Dundee and Arbroath Railway]
Stannergate closed.
01/01/1917[Dundee and Arbroath Railway]
West Ferry, and Elliot Junction closed.
01/02/1919[Dundee and Arbroath Railway]
West Ferry, and Elliot Junction re-opened.
01/04/1919[Dundee and Arbroath Railway]
Barry renamed Barry links.
01/01/1923[Dundee and Arbroath Railway]
Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Line
Jointly owned by the [London, Midland and Scottish Railway] and the [London and North Eastern Railway].
  /  /1948[Dundee and Arbroath Railway]
Golf Street opened.
  /  /1957[Dundee and Arbroath Railway]
Buddon Siding closed.
05/01/1959[Dundee and Arbroath Railway]
Dundee East to Camperdown Junction closed to passengers.
18/06/1962[Dundee and Arbroath Railway]
Balmossie Halt opened.
  /  /1967[Dundee and Arbroath Railway]
Dundee East closed to freight.
04/09/1967[Dundee and Arbroath Railway]
West Ferry, East Haven, Elliot Junction stations closed.
  /07/1982[Dundee and Arbroath Railway]
Dundee Harbour sidings closed.
16/05/1983[Dundee and Arbroath Railway]
Balmossie Halt renamed Balmossie, and Golf Street Halt renamed Golf Street.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This was a terminus in the east of Dundee. It was originally the terminus of the Dundee and Arbroath Railway. The station became redundant as local lines closed and longer distance services transferred to Dundee station which was on a through line. With the opening of Dundee station, Dundee East was left on a short branch from Camperdown Junction.
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This ultimately unnecessary terminus of the D&A Joint railway was a couple of hundred yards from Camperdowm Junction where the D&A was joined by the ...
David Panton 31/05/2016

The morning Leeds to Aberdeen service has run for many years and gone through a variety of operators. This LNER one has just passed Camperdown ...
David Panton 10/10/2018
158718 has just cleared Camperdown level crossing, shortly after leaving Dundee station on 27 May 1992 with a service for Aberdeen. ...
John Furnevel 27/05/1992
​​ScotRail's training HST set approaches Dundee from the north on 7 November 2017. It has just crossed to the Down Line at Camperdown, not ...
David Panton 07/11/2017
47467 accelerates a Glasgow Queen Street - Aberdeen train away from Dundee, shortly after completing the climb from Dock Street Tunnel and clearing ...
John Furnevel 04/02/1982

This terminus was at the south end of Roodyards Road and was approached from the east. A part of the site may be under the East Camperdown Street road bridge. This terminus replaced the temporary Craigie terminus to the east and was in turn replaced by the extension to Dundee Trades Lane. ...

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When the line was built this was countryside and seashore with very little immediately nearby. Craigie House was to the north. By 1900 some development had begun and was encouraged by the opening of the station. The temporary terminus Craigie was to the east by a level crossing. The road was lifted onto a bridge as traffic increased.
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Looking east towards the site of Stannergate station (closed 1916) between Dundee and Broughty Ferry in 1981, with an Aberdeen - Kings Cross HST ...
John Furnevel 11/08/1981
An Aberdeen bound train heading east from Dundee in the summer of 1981 approaching the site of the former Stannergate station. Photographed from the ...
John Furnevel 11/08/1981
A Class 47 takes a Glasgow - Aberdeen train away from Dundee towards Stannergate in 1981, passing Carolina Port power station on the left. The ...
John Furnevel 11/08/1981

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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This was a two platform station to the west of Broughty Ferry. The main building, of two storeys, of the former westbound platform remains, in use as a house. The canopy this once featured is gone but the doorways which led to the platform are still there, unused. Both platforms are reduced to mounds. the original entry and stone steps down to the westbound platform remain. There was no goods ...

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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

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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Up close and personal. An Edinburgh to Inverurie service pulls out of
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David Panton 25/10/2017
Platform raising is in progress at Broughty Ferry. ...
John Yellowlees 23/04/2018
Platform 1 at Broughty Ferry looking west on 23 May 2007 ...
David Panton 23/05/2007
Business start-up space to let at Broughty Ferry, unique location, (extremely) good access to public transport. View from a northbound train on the ...
John Yellowlees 13/04/2016

This was a train ferry station. From here passengers, goods and freight travelled by train ferry to Tayport.
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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

This is a minimal modern station between Broughty Ferry and Monifieth. ...

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Balmossie looking west to Broughty Ferry during reconstruction of the nearby footbridge in the summer of 1989. ...
Ewan Crawford //1989
View from the eastbound platform at Balmossie on 19 September 2007. ...
David Panton 19/09/2007
Looking east from the footbridge at Balmossie on 19 September 2007.
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David Panton 19/09/2007
Down train calls at Balmossie in July 1998. ...
David Panton /7/1998

This is a two platform station. It has a lattice girder footbridge. An early station building, now a house, is on the eastbound platform. Originally this backed onto a goods shed before enlargement of the goods yard around 1900.
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Platform view looking north at Monifieth in September 2006. The station building still survives - at Birkhill on the SRPS system [see image 16125]. ...
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

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 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
158720 passes Barry West signal box in 1991.
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Bill Roberton //1991
North view toward Carnoustie. ...
Brian Forbes 14/08/2007

A relatively modern small station with two timber platforms and a footbridge to the west of Carnoustie. ...

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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
An Aberdeen to Glasgow service accelerates through Golf Street after a stop at Carnoustie, half a mile away, on 31 Jul 2008. With one service per day ...
David Panton 31/07/2008

This station was replaced in 1900 with the present Carnousie 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

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 and the old station building.
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1439 to GLC arriving at Carnoustie ...
John Yellowlees 13/04/2016
Tayside Biodiversity festival, May 2010 - platform scene at Carnoustie. ...
John Yellowlees /05/2010
An Aberdeen-bound 158 arrives at Carnoustie in July 1998.
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David Panton 17/07/1998
A view west of Carnoustie level crossing in 1989. Appallingly the 1838 station building seen on the right has just been demolished in June 2018. This ...
Ewan Crawford //1989

This was a small two platform station with a small goods yard at the west end, accessed from the northbound line.
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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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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
The former station footbridge at Elliot Junction in March 1999. Access to the island platform was via steps from the now blanked off central section ...
David Panton 15/03/1999

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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