Dundee and Newtyle Railway

Introduction

This pioneering 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. It was a 4 ft 6.5 in line.

The company provided a service between Dundee Ward Road and Newtyle [1st]. 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 (in altered form see Newtyle [1st]).

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






Dates

  /  /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 Charles Landale (previously engineer to the Elgin Railway).
  /02/1827Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Work begins on line.
  /  /1830Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Dundee Harbour tramway extension from Dundee Ward Road authorised.
16/12/1831Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Line opened. Stationary engines for inclines were provided by Carmichaels.
  /  /1833Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Two locomotives for level sections provided by J&C Carmichael.
  /  /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 Dundee Earl Grey Dock in Dundee Harbour.
  /08/1846Dundee and Perth Railway Dundee and Newtyle Railway
An Act to allow the Dundee and Perth Railway to take a long term lease of the Dundee and Newtyle Railway is passed. The same Act allows for alteration of the crossing of the River Tay in Perth and purchase of land at Barnhill (east side of river).
14/10/1846Dundee and Perth Railway Dundee and Newtyle Railway
The Dundee and Perth Railway takes a 999 year least of the Dundee and Newtyle Railway.
21/10/1846Dundee and Perth Railway Dundee and Newtyle Railway
The Dundee and Perth Railway purchases the Dundee and Newtyle Railway's harbour line.
  /  /1847Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Authorisation of a deviation at Auchterhouse [1st] given. This incarnation of the deviation was not built.
  /  /1847Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Authorisation of alterations to the line including conversation to standard gauge and easing of curves.
  /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.
  /  /1855Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Cross Roads station closed.
  /  /1857Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Dundee magistrates order the Dundee, Perth and Aberdeen Junction Railway to remove the Dundee and Newtyle Railway's harbour branch which ran as a street tramway between Dundee Ward Road and the Dundee Earl Grey Dock. Negotiations led to the DP&AJR having to promote a deviation (the Lochee Deviation, owned by the DP&AJR) avoiding the Law Incline and removal of the street tramway, replacing it with a locomotive worked line.
  /07/1859Dundee, Perth and Aberdeen Junction Railway
Act for the Lochee Deviation, Ninewells Junction (on the Dundee and Perth Railway) to Fairmuir (on the Dundee and Newtyle Railway), passed. Dundee Ward Road and the Law Incline were to close and trains terminate at Dundee Union Street (later Dundee West). Also for the deviation from Rosemill to Auchterhouse [2nd] replacing the Balbeuchly Incline.
  /  /1860Dundee and Newtyle Railway Dundee and Newtyle Deviations (Dundee and Perth Railway)
Auchterhouse [2nd] deviation opened. This first part of the improvements, the Dundee and Newtyle Deviations (Dundee and Perth Railway). Dronley and Auchterhouse [2nd] opened. Balbeuchly Top and Auchterhouse [1st] closed.
08/06/1861Dundee and Newtyle Railway Dundee and Newtyle Deviations (Dundee and Perth Railway)
Dundee Ward Road, Law Tunnel and Law Incline closed with the opening of the deviation to Ninewells Junction.
10/06/1861Dundee and Newtyle Railway Dundee and Newtyle Deviations (Dundee and Perth Railway)
Opening of the deviation to Ninewells Junction giving access to Dundee Union Street (later Dundee West).
  /  /1862Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Private Rosemill Halt opened
  /  /1863Scottish Central Railway Dundee, Perth and Aberdeen Junction Railway Dundee and Newtyle Railway
The Scottish Central Railway absorbs the Dundee, Perth and Aberdeen Junction Railway and its lease of the Dundee and Newtyle Railway. The North British Railway is granted running powers over both the Dundee and Perth Railway and Dundee and Newtyle Railway routes.
  /  /1864Dundee and Perth Railway
Dundee Union Street (later Dundee West) station rebuilt in Italianate style, expanded and reopened. Authorisation to divert Yeaman Shore (not done). Enlargement required due to larger trains, extra traffic arising from increased frequency of services and the diversion of Dundee and Newtyle Railway trains to the station.
  /  /1865Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Approval to replace level crossing at Baldovan with a bridge.
  /  /1867Dundee and Newtyle Railway Dundee and Newtyle Deviations (Dundee and Perth Railway)
Dundee and Newtyle Branch Junction Railway (the Forfarshire Works) and Alyth Junction Railway authorised.
  /  /1868Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Deviation of line opened at Rosemill.
03/08/1868Dundee and Newtyle Railway Dundee and Newtyle Deviations (Dundee and Perth Railway)
New line from Newtyle Junction to new platforms at Alyth Junction and line passing north of Alyth Junction to meet the Alyth Railway opened (the Forfarshire Works).
31/08/1868Dundee and Newtyle Railway Dundee and Newtyle Deviations (Dundee and Perth Railway)
Newtyle [2nd] station opened (the Forfarshire Works) and new line running round the west of Newtyle to Pitnappie Junction to the south east.
  /  /1876Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Authorisation of further land purchase to expand Auchterhouse [2nd].
  /  /1881Dundee and Newtyle Railway Dundee and Newtyle Deviations (Dundee and Perth Railway)
Deviation from Ninewells Junction to by Fairmuir Junction opened. Liff, Victoria [Dundee], Lochee stations opened.
  /  /1894Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Agreement to close level crossing at Baldovan.
  /  /1904Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Private Rosemill Halt closed.
  /  /1907Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Approval to improve the railway alignment and purchase land at Baldragon.
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 Glammis RailwayDundee and Newtyle Railway
Alyth Junction to Dundee West closed to passengers. Newtyle [2nd], Auchterhouse [2nd], Dronley, Baldragon, Baldovan and Downfield, Lochee, Liff closed.
05/05/1958Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Newtyle Junction (excluded) to Auchterhouse [2nd] (excluded) closed to freight.
25/01/1965Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Auchterhouse [2nd] to Fairmuir Junction (excluded) closed to freight.
06/11/1967Dundee and Newtyle Railway Fairmuir and Maryfield Goods (Scottish Central Railway)
Ninewells Junction (excluded) to Fairmuir Junction to Fairmuir Goods and Maryfield Goods 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
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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
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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
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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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Dundee and Newtyle Deviations (Dundee and Perth Railway)


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 ...
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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
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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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Auchterhouse station looking away from the 2nd station (the deviation line was the tree line on the left, the original line to the right). ...
Brian Forbes 27/05/2007
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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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Dundee and Newtyle Deviations (Dundee and Perth Railway)


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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Newtyle, Eassie and Glammis Railway
Newtyle and Coupar Angus Railway
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
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