Auldbar Road

Location type


Name and dates

Auldbar Road (1841-1956)

Opened on the Arbroath and Forfar Railway.


This was a two platform station by Balgavies Loch. The platforms were to the west of a road overbridge and the goods yard was to the east. The low platforms were linked by a footbridge, removed before line closure. A large timber building was on the westbound platform and smaller building on the eastbound.

There was a station house at street level, above the station, on the north side of the line and east side of the road. This still stands in superb condition as a private house. It has a little in common with the now removed building at Alyth Junction, a two storey building, the upper floor presenting at street level and second floor below closer to track level, and with a large bay window overlooking the line. The signal box ('C listed) still stands too, on the north side of the line at a lower level, east of the road bridge.

There were goods sidings on either side of the line making trailing connections to the through lines. There was a long loading bank on the north side and a short high bank at the east end of the yard on its south side. The goods shed was in the yard to the south. The signal box was on the north side of the line at the west end of in the goods yard.

The station closed to regular passengers in 1956. The signal box closed in 1966 and the line closed in 1967.

In Arbroath and Forfar Railway days there was an inn within the station which was a railhead for Brechin before the Aberdeen Railway opened. The road north is the road for Aldbar (5 miles to the north where there was Aldbar Castle owned by Patrick Chalmers who was one of the promoters and subscribers to the railway) and Brechin.

Letham is to the south, thus another name for the station Auldbar Road for Letham.

West of the former station the line skirted the north side of Balgavies Loch and, a little further west, the south side of Rescobie Loch with the line cutting off a small part of the search east part of the loch which it crossed on an embankment.




Auldbar Road for Letham

External links

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

Chronology Dates

04/12/1838Arbroath and Forfar Railway
Leysmill to Forfar officially opened. Stations opened at: Leysmill, Friockheim, Guthrie, Auldbar Road, Clocksbriggs, Forfar [1st].
11/06/1956Arbroath and Forfar Railway
Auldbar Road closed.


The Arbroath and Forfar Railway: The Dundee Direct Line and the Kirriemuir Branch (Oakwood Library of Railway History)