Newtyle Junction

Location type


Name and dates

Newtyle Junction (1868-1958)

Opened on the Dundee and Newtyle Deviations (Dundee and Perth Railway).
Opened on the Newtyle and Glammiss Railway.
Opened on the Newtyle and Coupar Angus Railway.


This junction was north of Newtyle. It was where the northern end of an 1868 deviation through Newtyle [2nd] to avoid the 1831 Hatton Incline met the earlier alignments. Between 1868 and 1881 it was where the western arm, a slightly realigned curve to Ardler Junction for Coupar Angus and Blairgowrie, separated from the eastern arm, a wholly new line to Alyth Junction for Alyth. There was no physical connection between the routes although the Alyth Junction line was met by the goods line from Newtyle [1st], now a goods terminus with the closure of the Hatton Incline.

Nearby was the site of an older junction to the north at Nethermill Junction (closed 1861) where the routes to Coupar Angus and Glamis divided.

After 1881, when Newtyle Junction was altered and a signal box provided, this became a true junction and the division point between the western arm and the eastern arm. What had previously been two separate lines running to Newtyle [2nd] was converted into a long loop from that station, the loop starting immediately south of the junction.

There was a turntable in the 'V' of the junction, approached from the north, useful for services terminating or commencing at the old and new stations.

The signal box was on the west side of the junction.

The junction box closed in 1941 after which the west and east routes ran as two parallel single lines to Newtyle [2nd]. This involved removing the crossovers at the former junction and modifying the junction end of Newtyle [2nd] station. It was a wartime economy which remained in place afterwards, reducing the number of signalboxes at Newtyle to one. The connection to Newtyle [1st] remained, now off the Alyth Junction curve and controlled by a ground frame.

The Alyth branch closed to passenger in 1951.

The Newtyle [2nd] to Ardler Junction line closed in 1952 (officially 1953), not long after the serious accident at Ardler Junction. Newtyle [2nd] was effectively a terminus until passenger trains were withdrawn in 1955.

South from Newtyle Junction to Auchterhouse [2nd] (excluded) closed altogether in 1958 (officially 1961). With this, the location ceased to be any form of junction.

The approach to Newtyle [1st] remained until 1964.

Today the formation remains and the trackbed can be walked.



Chronology Dates

03/08/1868Dundee and Newtyle Railway Dundee and Newtyle Deviations (Dundee and Perth Railway)
New line from Newtyle Junction to new platforms at Alyth Junction and line passing north of Alyth Junction to meet the Alyth Railway opened (the construction was known as the 'Forfarshire Works'). This replaced the earlier Newtyle and Glammis Railway curve north of Newtyle.
  /  /1881Dundee and Newtyle Deviations (Dundee and Perth Railway)
Newtyle [2nd] to Newtyle Junction doubled.
29/09/1941Newtyle and Coupar Angus Railway
Newtyle and Glammiss Railway
Dundee and Newtyle Deviations (Dundee and Perth Railway)
Separation of the Ardler Junction and Alyth Junction routes moved from Newtyle Junction to the north end of Newtyle [2nd], junction and station both remodelled. Newtyle Junction signal box closed and replaced by a ground frame off the Alyth Junction line for access to the goods yard at Newtyle [1st].
27/04/1952Newtyle and Coupar Angus Railway Scottish Midland Junction Railway
Ardler Junction taken out and trailing crossover removed. Line between Ardler Junction (excluded) and Newtyle [2nd] (excluded) officially closed 04/04/1953 and Ardler Junction box closed. Alyth Junction to Newtyle Junction re-opens to passengers.
05/05/1958Dundee and Newtyle Deviations (Dundee and Perth Railway)
Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Newtyle Junction (excluded) to Auchterhouse [2nd] (excluded) closed to freight. Track remains in place for wagon storage.
  /  /1962Dundee and Newtyle Deviations (Dundee and Perth Railway)
Dundee and Newtyle Railway

Newtyle Junction (excluded) to Auchterhouse [2nd] (excluded) entirely closed around 1962.


Dundee and Newtyle Railway Including the Alyth and Blairgowrie Branches (Oakwood Library of Railway History)
Getting around Old Dundee
Railways of Dundee (Oakwood Library of Railway History)