Bridge of Dun

Location type


Names and dates

Bridge of Dun (1849-1967)
Bridge of Dun (1993-)

Where: Angus, Scotland
Opened on the Aberdeen Railway.
Open on the Caledonian Railway [Preserved].


This is a station on the Caledonian Railway [Preserved] which runs from Bridge of Dun to Brechin. The station was formerly on the Strathmore main line between Perth and Aberdeen via Forfar [2nd].

At the west end of the station the Aberdeen Railway lines to Brechin and Glasterlaw (and Forfar [2nd], Perth, Stirling and Glasgow Buchanan Street) divided.

The station consisted of an island platform and through platform. The down platform building, which was canopied on all sides, has been removed but the up building remains with a canopy. There was a bay platform on the southbound platform, for trains to the south.

After closure of the main line in 1967, the station reduced to a single line running down the branch face of the island platform. The main station building, and its canopy, survived. The goods only branch from Kinnaber Junction to Brechin via Bridge of Dun closed in 1981.

In preservation much track has been relaid. The remaining station building has been restored. The goods shed from Nairn has been relocated to the station, now placed at the west end on the north side of the line. Bridge of Dun is now the eastern terminus of the line as, unfortunately, with closure the line east via Dubton to Kinnaber Junction was lifted.

The original layout (really just the main line platforms with the junction to the west) was rebuilt in 1893. The branch to Brechin was on the north side of the east/north bound platform, converted into an island. At the east end of the branch line (a loop) was a sand drag to protect the main line from runaways running downhill from Brechin. Also at the east end of the island platform there was a considerable water tank. The original signal box was replaced with a north and south box. The north box was at the east end between the main lines and island platform line. The south box was in the 'V' of the junction at the west end. The north box was subsumed by the south box in 1935. The remaining box closed with the closure to passengers in 1967.

Car parking is available at the site.

Caledonian Railway


House of Dun


Station Preserved Junction Terminus

External links

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

Nearby stations
Farnell Road
Montrose [CR]
Hillside [NB]
Lunan Bay
North Water Bridge Halt
St Cyrus
Bridge of Dun [Bridge]
Bridge of Dun [Minor Bridge]
South Esk Viaduct [Bridge of Dun]
Puggieston Brick and Tile Works
Puggieston Siding
Dronner^s Dyke
Kincraig Siding
South Esk Viaduct
Rossie Viaduct
Montrose North Junction
Montrose Shed [NBR]
Powmouth Level Crossing
House of Dun
Montrose Basin
Kinnaird Castle
Location names in dark blue are on the same original line.

Chronology Dates

01/02/1848Aberdeen Railway
Guthrie Junction and Friockheim Junction (merging at Glasterlaw Junction) to termini at Brechin and Montrose [CR] (dividing at Bridge of Dun) opened. Stations opened at Guthrie, Glasterlaw, Farnell Road, Bridge of Dun, Brechin, Montrose [CR]. Coaches connected with trains at Montrose [CR] allowing passengers to continue north.
  /  /1862Aberdeen Railway
Approval to lift road up onto bridge over line at Bridge of Dun.
23/03/1872Aberdeen Railway
A boiler explosion at Bridge of Dun severely injures the train crew.
  /  /1878Aberdeen Railway
Authorisation to buy land to enlarge Bridge of Dun station.
04/08/1952Aberdeen Railway
Brechin to Bridge of Dun (excluded) closed to passengers.
04/09/1967Aberdeen RailwayArbroath and Forfar Railway
Forfar North Junction (excluded) to Bridge of Dun (excluded) closed to all traffic.
04/09/1967Scottish Midland Junction Railway
Newtyle and Coupar Angus Railway
Newtyle and Glammis Railway
Arbroath and Forfar Railway
Aberdeen Railway
Stanley Junction to Kinnaber Junction closed to passengers. Coupar Angus, Alyth Junction, Forfar and Bridge of Dun stations closed.

News items

10/11/2023Full steam ahead for Brechin Polar Express after Caledonian Railway Storm Babet clean-up [The Courier]
02/07/2023Roar-some time at Brechin Caledonian Railway Jurassic tracks dinosaur day out [The Courier]
20/12/2022Caledonian Railway's Polar Express carries 10,000 in festive boost for Brechin [The Courier]
19/12/2022When Angus railway heritage site took delivery of 19th Century footbridge [The Courier]
14/07/2022Brechin Railway: Bid mounted to reverse decision not to go for Levelling Up Fund millions for Angus [The Courier]
30/06/2022End of line for Brechin Caledonian Railway's £18m Levelling Up Fund bid [The Courier]
28/06/2022Are Angus councillors about to wave goodbye to £15m windfall for Brechins Caledonian Railway? [The Courier]
08/06/2022Brechin railway fears £20m levelling up fund bid will be left in the sidings [The Courier]
03/10/2021All aboard! Polar Express bound for Brechin in Christmas coup for Caley Railway [The Courier]
13/08/2021Caledonian Railway back on track after 15 months of closure [STV]


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