Ardler Junction

Location type


Name and dates

Ardler Junction (1861-1952)

Opened on the Newtyle and Coupar Angus Railway.
Opened on the Scottish Midland Junction Railway.


This was the junction between the Strathmore mainline Perth - Forfar [2nd] - Kinnaber Junction and the curve from the Dundee and Newtyle Railway. This allowed through running from Dundee West to Coupar Angus and Blairgowrie.

The curve was originally part of the Newtyle and Coupar Angus Railway. The Newtyle and Coupar Angus Railway was closed in 1847 for reconstruction as a standard gauge double track main line railway as part of the Scottish Midland Junction Railway. The curve from Ardler Junction to Nethermill was not converted, the former Newtyle and Glammis Railway being used instead.

With the opening of the Alyth Railway the Glamis curve was closed and the Ardler Junction curve re-opened. Trains for the east and Alyth reversed at Ardler station.

The junction was double, although the Newtyle route rapidly dropped to a single track just east of the junction. The box was on the south side of the junction. It was rebuilt in 1913 after a fire - the new box was further east in the 'V' of the junction.

There was a serious crash at Ardler Junction in 1948 between a southbound postal on the mainline and a Dundee West to Blairgowrie local.

The junction closed in 1952. The formation still exists, in use as farm tracks. A lineside building still stands on the south side of the former junction.



Chronology Dates

  /  /1846Newtyle and Coupar Angus RailwayScottish Midland Junction Railway
Line sold to the Scottish Midland Junction Railway. It was then closed and upgraded to standard gauge and two tracks between Coupar Angus and Ardler Junction. (Alternative date: 1845).
02/08/1848Newtyle and Glammis Railway
New station Meigle Upper Junction opened. Curve from Nethermill Junction to Glammis line opens to an interchange station at Meigle, but former curve from Nethermill Junction to Ardler Junction does not re-open.
  /09/1861Newtyle and Glammis Railway
Portion of 73 chains closed north from Nethermill Junction to Meigle Upper Junction. New curve built from Nethermill Junction to Ardler Junction on more gentle curve than earlier Coupar Angus fork. The new curve was now the connection between the Dundee and Newtyle Railway and Strathmore main line.
29/09/1941Newtyle and Coupar Angus Railway
Newtyle and Glammiss Railway
Dundee and Newtyle Deviations (Dundee and Perth Railway)
Separation of the Ardler Junction and Alyth Junction routes moved from Newtyle Junction to the north end of Newtyle [2nd], junction and station both remodelled. Newtyle Junction signal box closed and replaced by a ground frame off the Alyth Junction line for access to the goods yard at Newtyle [1st].
17/07/1948Newtyle and Coupar Angus Railway
Scottish Midland Junction Railway
Crash at Ardler Junction. The 4.20pm Dundee West to Blairgowrie service via Newtyle [2nd] passes the home signal at the junction and is struck by the southbound 3.30pm ex-Aberdeen postal express train resulting in the death of 2 people.
15/01/1951Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Dundee and Newtyle Deviations (Dundee and Perth Railway)
Alyth Railway
Dundee West to Alyth passenger train withdrawn. Alyth Junction to Newtyle [2nd] essentially closed to passengers until 1952 when Ardler Junction to Newtyle [2nd] is closed and Dundee West to Blairgowrie trains diverted via Alyth Junction.
27/04/1952Newtyle and Coupar Angus Railway Scottish Midland Junction Railway
Ardler Junction taken out and trailing crossover removed. Line between Ardler Junction (excluded) and Newtyle [2nd] (excluded) officially closed 04/04/1953 and Ardler Junction box closed. Alyth Junction to Newtyle Junction re-opens to passengers.
04/09/1967Newtyle and Coupar Angus Railway
Coupar Angus to Ardler Junction closed to passengers.


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