Stanley Junction

Location type


Name and dates

Stanley Junction (1857-1956)

Opened on the Scottish Midland Junction Railway.

Opened on the Perth and Dunkeld Railway.


This was a three platform station and junction. It was not convenient for the village, being on its northern edge.

This station replaced Stanley, a quarter mile to the south.

There were two platforms on the Perth to Forfar line - the down platform (northbound) being used by Aberdeen and Inverness trains and the up platform Aberdeen only. A goods yard and loops existed to the north on the mainline. The goods yard was on the east side, accessed from the south.

The station was junction for the Perth and Dunkeld Railway. After opening of the Inverness and Perth Junction Railway the down platform became an island. The outer face was used for the southbound trains from Inverness, crossing over to the up line south of the station. The old down platform on the mainline was extended some way up the Inverness line to the point where it singled. There was a siding alongside the island, served from the north.

This was a somewhat unusual layout. The intention may have been been twofold;
- to allow a (short) northbound train, waiting for a (perhaps late) southbound train, to stand proud of the mainline
- to provide two up platforms for longer trains heading to Perth, useful at this potentially busy location and, for example, it would allow a held southbound Highland train to stand clear of a northbound Highland train and the mainline.

There was a two storey building on the up platform and another building on the island, both are now gone.

After closure of the Forfar route, the modern 1961 signal box was retained as it now controls the point where the double track line coming north from Perth becomes single track (actually some way south of the box). Construction subsequent to the closure has taken place on the former mainline, north/east of the station.


Station junction

External links

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


04/09/1967Scottish Midland Junction Railway
Perth (Stanley Junction) to Laurencekirk (Kinnaber Junction) closed to passengers.
04/09/1967Scottish Midland Junction Railway
Arbroath and Forfar Railway
Newtyle and Coupar Angus Railway
Newtyle, Eassie and Glammiss Railway
Aberdeen Railway
Stanley Junction to Kinnaber Junction closed to passengers. Coupar Angus, Alyth Junction, Forfar and Bridge of Dun stations closed.
05/06/1982Scottish Midland Junction Railway
Line closed between Stanley Junction (excluded) and the former Forfar North Junction. On the last day two passenger trains "Forfar Farewell" are run. Some days later a freight may have run to recover wagons still on the line.