Alyth Junction

Location type

Station


Names and dates

Meigle [1st] (1861-1876)
Alyth Junction (1876-1967)

Opened on the Scottish Midland Junction Railway.

Opened on the Alyth Railway.

Note: text in square brackets is added for clarity and was not part of the location's name.


Description

This was originally a three platform station at the end of the road from Newtyle close to Nethermill and the Belmont Arms with goods facilities to its west, north side of the line. The station opened with the Alyth Railway (1861). It had two through platforms and a bay platform on the north side at the east end of the station. A further platform opened on the new flyover from Newtyle Junction (1868) and it become a four platform station.

There was a tall two storey station building on the westbound platform, the upper floor being at road level (the west end of the passenger station was crossed by the road). There were waiting rooms on the platforms.

The stations two signal boxes, west and east, were replaced in 1911 with a single box. The originals had been on the south side of the line. The west box was opposite the goods yard. The east box was opposite the junction.

The new box was on the north side of the main line junction at the east end of the mainline eastbound platform. The flyover line passed behind (to the north of) the box to reach the branch.

The flyover closed in 1964 and the branch in 1965. The station closed in 1967 with the passenger service on the Strathmore Line (and the box closed). The line survived until 1982 as a freight only branch from Stanley Junction to Forfar [2nd].

The loading bank, parts of the main platforms, portions of the other two platforms and some station cottages remain. The road bridge over the west end of the station remains. The embankment of the flyover to the west of the station remains, the bridge over the line removed.

After the opening of the Alyth Railway the name should perhaps have changed, that line having a station named Fullarton which was closer to Meigle. The name Meigle also applies to the district which perhaps allowed some leeway and the branch station was roughly half way between Fullarton and Meigle. Not long after the Caledonian Railway owned both the main line and branch Meigle was renamed Alyth Junction.


Tags

Station Junction

External links

Canmore site record
NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67