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Dundee and Arbroath Railway

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The Dundee and Arbroath Railway was a railway link between those two towns in Scotland which ran along the banks of the River Tay.

The railway company received its Parliamentary Act on 19 May 1836 as a 5 ft 6 in (1,676 mm) gauge railway. It was destined to play a more important part than the Dundee and Newtyle Railway, inasmuch as it is now a section of the East Coast route to Aberdeen.

Tho line was opened from Arbroath to Craigie, outside Dundee, in October 1838; on June 3rd, 1839, it was carried to Roodyards, 1 mile from Dundee; The section thence to Trades-lane in Dundee was built by the Dundee Harbour Trustees, and on April 8th 1840 the line fully opened.[1]

On 31 August 1848 the Dundee and Perth Railway was authorised by Act of Parliament to lease the company, with the latter being renamed as Dundee and Perth and Aberdeen Railway Junction.

In 1862 it was absorbed with the Scottish North Eastern Railway, and later became part of the Caledonian Railway.

In 1880 (as a result of an Act of Parliament on 21 July 1879), the line passed jointly to the Caledonian Railway and North British Railway

1923 These became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway and the London and North Eastern Railway as a result of the 1923 grouping.

17 mile line with a branch to Almericloss and on a 5ft 6ins gauge. Opened in 1838 from a temporary station at Craigie, Dundee.

1923 Became part of London, Midland and Scottish Railway

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1924/11/21
  • Encyclopedia of British Railway Companies by Christopher Awdry. Published 1990
  • [1] Wikipedia
  • [2] Wikipedia