Dundee West

Location type


Names and dates

Dundee Union Street (1847-1866)
Dundee West (1866-1965)

Opened on the Dundee and Perth Railway.


This was a large terminus station on Union Street in Dundee for services west to Perth, England and, later, north via Newtyle [2nd].

The station was rebuilt several times.

The original small wooden two platform passenger terminus of the Dundee and Perth Railway was flanked on both sides by goods facilities. The goods line to the north continued east to the harbour. The Dundee Earl Grey Dock was just to the east and served by a goods line from the station.

The railway originally approached along the foreshore, initially actually out on the beach on a raised embankment until the mud beach north of the embankment was infilled. Land to the south was also progressively recovered. The goods station actually bordered the beach. Due to this requirement to recover land for building the railway the station was originally small.

After the 1863 merger with the Scottish Central Railway an improved station was opened in 1864. This fine building was Italianate in style with roman arches.

A new gothic/Scottish Baronial third station was built to the west, behind the second station's frontage, in 1890. Demolition of the second station cleared a large carriage turning area in front of the station. This was a four platform station with a large glazed trainshed by Blyth and Cunningham. A new signal box was included, opened 1889. This was on the north side of the approach to the station, west of the platforms.

After closure the station was demolished. Road re-alignment took place, largely due to the new Tay Road Bridge. The far west ends of the disused platforms survived for a few years. The site has been redeveloped with new roads, a car park and several buildings.



External links

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


  /  /1960Dundee and Perth Railway
Dundee West demolished to make way for the approach road to the Tay Road Bridge.
03/05/1965Dundee and Perth Railway
Dundee West to Buckingham West Junction closed to passengers.


A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: The North of Scotland v. 15 (Regional railway history series)

An Illustrated History of Tayside's Railways