Law Incline

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Law Incline (1831-1861)

Opened on the Dundee and Newtyle Railway.


The incline started north of Dundee Ward Road and terminated just south of Law Tunnel.

The incline was 3180 ft long. It rose 233 ft at a gradient of 1 in 10. At the north end was an incline engine of 40 hp.

Just north of the station the line was single track, crossed Dudhope Crescent, then Barrack Road, to the north of which it doubled. It then ran north with the Dundee Royal Infirmary on the west side, the boundary of which preserves the line of the railway. Next it was crossed by Somerville Place, the line now running in a cutting. To the north of Somerville Place the site of the railway is now a series of grassy areas on the east side of Drummond Street. The section before the incline head had three rails, rather than double track. Before reaching Hospital Wynd (now realigned as Kinghorne Road) it had reached the incline head engine house where there were sidings. The line then entered the Law Tunnel, which was single track.

Two other inclines existed on the Dundee and Newtyle Railway, the Hatton Incline and the Balbeuchly Incline.