Dundee: 158735 forms the 15.30 to Edinburgh in bay platform 3 at Dundee on 4th January 2019.

Bill Roberton 04/01/2019


Location type

Major station

Names and dates

Tay Bridge [Station] (1878-1966)
Dundee (1966-)

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

Station code: DEE National Rail ScotRail
Where: Dundee City, Scotland
Opened on the Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway).
Open on the Dundee to Aberdeen.
Open on the Edinburgh to Dundee.
Open on the Perth to Dundee.


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 building, brick built, is of two storeys with the second floor at ground level. On the south side of the cutting five timber bridges cross from street level to top level offices. The station underwent a major facelift in 2017 with a new curved grand entrance at the east end.

The station features a communal piano, a memorial by Dave Patterson to his wife Jean, who worked at the station.

The station was opened with the Tay Bridge [1st] by the North British Railway. To its north was the Caledonian Railway's competing Dundee West terminus which predated it. The newer station connected together the west and east sides of the city with a passenger carrying main line, before it opened the terminus stations at Dundee West and Dundee East were connected by a street railway only carrying goods.

To the east of the station is Dock Street Tunnel which requires continuous pumping. The line emerges alongside the former Dundee East station at Camperdown Junction.

The station had signal boxes at either end. The west end box (replaced 1899) was just off the island platform and surrounded by rails and scissors for the dock platforms directly east of the box. The east box was at the east end of the platform. Both boxes closed in 1985, replaced by the Dundee Signalling Centre.

The foreshore at Dundee was reclaimed in several stages, extending progressively south onto the former beach. Tay Bridge station and its approaches were built on reclaimed yard.

The street level building at Dundee has been replaced with a new ticket hall and hotel. Dundee Station Redevelopment

Sleeperz Hotels - Dundee


The station is close to the sea in the south of Dundee, just to the south west of the city centre.

Across the A85 and to the east of the station is the RRS Discovery alongside the River Tay.

Beyond the Discovery is the new V&A Dundee Museum.

Dundee Heritage Walks



External links

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

Chronology Dates

  /  /1866North British Steam Packet Company
SS Kittiwake built by Wingate of Whiteinch for the Silloth to Liverpool service (particularly carrying goods from Dundee).
03/05/1965Dundee and Perth Railway
Dundee West to Buckingham Junction closed to passengers. With both Dundee West and Dundee Tay Bridge [Station] having lost services the latter was able to take on the traffic of the former. Dundee West Goods remains open and Tay Bridge Goods closed (although much remains open as sidings).
05/05/1969Newport Railway
Newport-on-Tay East to Dundee (Tay Bridge South Junction) closed to passengers.
22/10/1979Perth and Dundee Railway
5 are killed (sources vary, some say 4) when two trains collide near Invergowrie when one over-runs a signal. A Glasgow to Aberdeen service runs into the rear of a Glasgow to Dundee local train resulting in carriages falling into the sea. The cause was a deficient semaphore which did not return to danger.
  /04/2011Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway)
£3M European grant to assist with the redevelopment of the frontage of Dundee station along with bus service integration.

News items

23/11/2023Dundee Museum of Transport: Crowdfunder launched to raise 25,000 for replacement bricks at new home [The Courier]
21/11/2023Trains disrupted on Aberdeen to Dundee line due to broken rail [Press and Journal]
15/11/2023Questions after key Scottish rail closure sparks 'major disruption' [The National]
14/11/2023Aberdeen to Dundee railway line reopens after two hours of major disruption [Press and Journal]
10/11/2023Major disruption to Dundee and Fife trains during engineering works this weekend [The Courier]
30/10/2023New timetable delivers electric trains between Barrhead and Glasgow [ScotRail]
27/10/2023Scotrail trains to Aberdeen and Inverness cancelled with shuttle service in place [Press and Journal]
26/10/2023Travel disruption expected as heavy rain and floods to hit Scotland [STV News]
22/10/2023ScotRail services still affected in Storm Babet aftermath [The Herald]
09/10/2023List of road and rail closures on Monday after flooding hits Tayside and Fife [The Courier]


An Illustrated History of Tayside's Railways