Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)

Introduction

This line is open. The line runs from Leuchars in Fife to Dundee. The works include a railway from Leuchars to Wormit, the 2 miles long Tay Bridge across the Firth of Tay, a station in Dundee, a tunnel under the docks in Dundee and short sections of line connecting to the neighbouring lines.

A portion of original Tay Bridge [1st] famously fell, with a train, into the river. A new bridge was constructed slightly further west, see Tay Bridge (North British Railway).






Dates

  /  /1880Tay Bridge and associated lines (North British Railway)
Locomotive retrieved from bottom of River Tay, nicknamed The Diver and put back in service. The letterbox, of Dalhousie station and now at the museum in Bellingham, was made from metal from this engine.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This is an island platform station which today is the closest to St Andrews. There is a car park on the east side of the station.
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Under construction at Leuchars - a new Caledonian Sleeper lounge. ...
John Yellowlees 24/03/2018
Rear view of Leuchars signal box in May 2005. For the front view at the time [see image 52520]. ...
John Furnevel 19/05/2005
A Dundee to Edinburgh service calls at Leuchars on 10 October 2018. Occupying the site of the south bay buffers is a new lounge for Caledonian Sleeper ...
David Panton 10/10/2018
The new Caledonian Sleeper Guest Lounge at Leuchars. ...
John Yellowlees 25/08/2018

Here the Newburgh and St Fort Railway met the Edinburgh and Northern Railway with a junction facing Leuchars. The line doubled before joining the main line. The signal box was in the 'V' of the junction, aligned with the main line. The junction, box and curve to St Fort West Junction closed in 1924. ...

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This was a two platform station on the double track approach to the Tay Bridge from Leuchars. The goods yard was on the west side, approached from the north. The signal box was on the east side opposite.
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Northbound service photographed between Leuchars and St Fort in May 2008. ...
Brian Forbes /05/2008
Passing Linkswood fuel bunkers then under the A92 on right, towards the Tay Bridge.
Edinburgh - Aberdeen 170. ...
Brian Forbes 25/05/2007
The Royal Scotsman travelling north at Linkswood Fuel Bunker. July 2008 ...
Brian Forbes /07/2008
Turbostar southbound passing the noted sand & gravel quarry near St Fort. ...
Brian Forbes 24/05/2007

This sand and gravel quarry was rail served. There was a signal box on the south side of the line with a siding, approached from the west, behind it. To the north was a longer siding running into the quarry. This was approached from the south east.
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This signal box, on the west side of the line, controlled the southern approach to Wormit Goods. The box opened in 1897.
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This yard was on the west side of the railway a little south of Tay Bridge South Junction. There was a loop off the railway and sidings on the west side. Access from the south was controlled by Wormit Signal Box. A permanent way siding, with a loop, remains here today, now approached from the north. ...

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This junction opened in 1879 when the Newport Railway was opened to meet the 1878 Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway) at the south end of the Tay Bridge [1st]. The southern end of the bridge was modified with the addition of a new girder bridge which met the existing bridge offshore. The junction was entirely offshore.
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The first Tay Bridge viewed from the north before its collapse. Note the signalbox on the NB line to the left. To the right of the box are buildings ...
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A damaged beam from the original Tay Bridge. On display in Edinburgh Museum. ...
Ewan Crawford //2005
A view of the first Tay Bridge from Wormit with Dundee in the background after the fall of the High Girders. A portion of a contemporary postcard in ...
Ewan Crawford Collection //

This was a two platform station at the north end of the Tay Bridge. The station remains largely intact and the southbound station building is used by engineers for maintenance of the bridge. The platforms are timber. The station extends out over Riverside Drive. The station dates from the second bridge, the original had no station here.
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ScotRail 170413 photographed shortly after leaving Dundee station with an afternoon service to Edinburgh on 20 September 2007. The DMU is running west ...
John Furnevel 20/09/2007
Dundee Esplanade. Photograph taken from the new footbridge linking Tesco's and the City side. ...
Gordon Steel 21/03/2019
The bridge works and road works almost appear to merge on Dundee Esplanade on 20 September 2007, as a northbound train comes off the bridge on the ...
John Furnevel 20/9/2007
Dundee Esplanade Station - now HQ for the renovation works on the bridge. ...
Adrian Coward 09/06/2007

This was the junction between the Dundee and Perth Railway's approach to Dundee West and a short spur from the Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)'s Dundee Central Junction. The connection allowed trains from the Perth direction to enter Tay Bridge [Station] (now Dundee) from the west.
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A signalman hard at work in the long departed Buckingham Junction signal box, to the west of the current Dundee station. (Photograph taken in 1980 ...
John Williamson //1980
The Tay Bridge line gradually descends from Esplanade station to meet the Perth line on the south approach to Dundee. See the road bridge centre ...
Brian Forbes 17/02/2007

This junction is west of Dundee station. It is a four way junction leading to Perth and Edinburgh (by the Tay Bridge) to the west and sidings and Dundee station to the east.
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An Edinburgh to Arbroath 170 approaches Dundee on the Platform 4 line on a fine 27 February 2019. The long-term plan is that these signals (or their ...
David Panton 27/02/2019
DRS 66434 nears Dundee Central Junction on 4th January 2019 hauling a Grangemouth to Aberdeen Craiginches intermodal, with the Tay Bridge in the ...
Bill Roberton 04/01/2019
170434 passes Dundee Central Junction with an Aberdeen - Glasgow QS service. In the background SB RAIL tamper DR73933 is stabled in the DMU sidings.
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Bill Roberton 04/01/2019
A service from Edinburgh approaches journey's end while in the distance an opposite number climbs for the bridge. Behind is Buckingham Junction where ...
David Panton 31/05/2016


This shed was located between the Caledonian Railway and North British Railway lines, approached from east, the station direction.
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View from a passing train to Dundee Tay Bridge shed yard in 1982. A pair of rod-less Barclay Class 06 shunters await scapping with BRCW Type 2s ...
Bill Roberton //1982


This station is the main station in Dundee. It is an island platform station with two bay platforms at the west end located in a deep dressed stone cutting. The station underwent a major facelift in 2017 with a new curved grand entrance at the east end.
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The people's piano at Dundee station, restored and back in place, seen on 12th February 2019. ...
John Yellowlees 12/02/2019
170425, a Halloween Train, at Dundee. ...
John Yellowlees 26/10/2017
170408 calls at Platform 4 in Dundee station with a northbound service on 14th August 2017.
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Veronica Clibbery 14/08/2017
170433 on a service to Aberdeen at Dundee station on 22nd July 2017. ...
David Bosher 22/07/2017

A southbound HST approaching Dundee station in September 2006 is about to descend the incline into Dock Street Tunnel. ...
Adrian Coward 22/09/2006
Northbound 170 climbs the incline from the Dock Street Tunnel. ...
Adrian Coward 22/09/2006

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