Dundee and Newtyle Railway

Introduction

This railway is closed. The route included three inclined planes which required stationary steam engines to haul the trains uphill. These steep sections were later deviated by three new railways.

The company provided a service between Dundee and Newtyle. The line was unusual for its time in not being a connection between coal pits and, say, canals.

The original station at Newtyle still stands (probably, see Newtyle [1st].

The line passed for most of its length through the lands of the Earl of Airlie and Lord Wharncliffe.






Dates

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Rosemill Halt closed.
  /  /1821Elgin Railway
Re-aligned again to avoid inclined planes, engineer; Mr Charles Landale (Dundee and Newtyle Railway engineer).
26/05/1826Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Act receives Royal assent, engineer Mr Charles Landale (who had engineered the Elgin Railway).
  /02/1827Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Work begins on line.
16/12/1831Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Line opened. Stationary engines for inclines were provided by Carmichaels.
  /  /1833Dundee and Newtyle Railway
2 locomotives for level sections provided by Carmichaels.
  /  /1834Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Locomotive for level sections provided by Stirling & Co (Dundee Foundry).
  /  /1836Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Locomotive for level sections provided by Robert Stephenson.
  /02/1837Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Line extended from Dundee Ward Road station to Earl Grey Dock in Dundee Harbour.
  /  /1855Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Cross Roads station closed.
  /  /1860Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Deviations opened.
08/06/1861Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Dundee Ward Road closed.
  /  /1868Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Newtyle (New) station opened.
01/01/1917Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Lochee West station closed.
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.
10/01/1955Newtyle Eassie and Glamiss Railway
Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Alyth Junction to Dundee West closed to passengers.
05/05/1958Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Newtyle Junction to Auchterhouse closed to freight.
25/01/1965Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Auchterhouse to Fairmuir Jnct closed to freight.
  /11/1967Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Lochee closed.
06/11/1967Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Fairmuir Junction to Ninewells Junction closed to freight.

Route described

This 4 ft 6.5 in line was engineered by Charles Landale and was 11 miles long crossing the high ground of the Sidlaw Hills. There was a tunnel and three inclines - Law Incline (leading Dundee northbound) - Balbeuchly Incline (climbing the Sidlaws) - Hatton Incline (dropping down to Newtyle)

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This was the Dundee terminus of the line from Newtyle [1st]. The station was just south of the Law incline and Law Tunnel.
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The incline started north of Dundee Ward Road and terminated just south of Law Tunnel.
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Three vintage bolts found by a householder in a garden to the east side of the former Law Incline (between Dundee Ward Road and the Law Tunnel). ...
Ewan Crawford 27/03/2010

This is a disused 330 yds long single bore and single track tunnel. The line passed under the eastern part of Dundee Law in a tunnel. To the south was the Law Incline which dropped down to Dundee Ward Road.
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This station was on the south side of Clepington Road, north of the Law Tunnel. The location is also known as Cross Roads. Today a two storey seemingly house remains in the grounds of King's Cross Hospital .
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This roundel is on the track side of the former station building at Offset at Back of Law / Crossroads in Dundee. Was this a station clock? The ...
Ewan Crawford 27/03/2010

This former station was to the north of Dundee Law and the Law Tunnel. A station house remains standing which was on the east side of the line immediately south of a level crossing with Clepington Road.
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This station was located by the Downfield Tavern where the road north to Baldovan met Strathmartine Road.
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SLS Angus Tour, 20th May 1961

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Jim Currie (Courtesy Stephenson Locomotive Society) 20/05/1961

The former line rests on a embankment with a retaining wall here, it is best seen from the north. Encroachment of housing on the north west of the station site has obliterated the goods yard.
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This loop opened on the Dundee and Newtyle route at the south of the Balbeuchley Inline, near Balbeuchley Foot. It was one of the passing places on the later version of the line There was a signal box, from 1892, on the south side of the loop.
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This appears to have been a short public siding with loading bank and small hut immediately to the east of Rosemill level crossing and loop. It was accessed from the east.
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Ex CR Class 3P 54500 passing Rosemill Siding in 1961. This section of line, as far south east as Baldovan, is the original route of the railway. This ...
David Murray-Smith //1961


This incline was 5100 ft long with a 1 in 25 gradient and gained 200 ft. The higher end was to the north with an engine house.
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Very little of the first D&NR remains, this is the point that the trackbed turns to the south, downhill. ...
Brian Forbes 26/05/2007



This road bridge crossed over the original course of the Dundee and Newtyle Railway north of Eastfield Farm, east of Auchterhouse.
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This halt was at Burnhead. There was a short passing loop on the line crossing a level crossing.
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This was not a true junction, but exists in the Act for the new line which replaced the Hatton Incline approach to Newtyle [1st] from the south.
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This engine house was at the top of the Hatton Incline, south east of Newtyle [1st].
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This incline was 3000 ft long with a gradient of 1 in 13. Newtyle [1st] station was at the north end and, climbing to the south east, the engine house at Hatton Engine House was reached.
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This was the northern terminus of the Dundee and Newtyle Railway. The terminus building still stands. It is one of the oldest stations in Britain.
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The trainshed of the original Newtyle station, viewed from the south, the direction of the original line approaching from Dundee Wards Road. The ...
Colin Martin 24/06/2017
The original Newtyle station trainshed, viewed from the south west. ...
Colin Martin 24/06/2017
The north end of the original Newtyle station showing the platform and building added to the right after conversion for goods. The building's gable ...
Colin Martin 24/06/2017
This building is often detailed as 'The Original station at Newtyle.' I am inclined to agree that the location of the 'Old' station is on the original ...
Colin Martin 24/06/2017