Dundee and Newtyle Railway

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The original Dundee station on Ward road

The Dundee and Newtyle Railway opened in 1831 and was the first railway in the north of Scotland. It was built to carry goods from Strathmore to the port of Dundee and was chartered with an Act of Parliament that received royal assent in 26 May 1826 and opened in 1831.[1] The railway originally ran between Dundee and Newtyle.

     Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Locale Scotland
Dates of operation 26 May 1826 – 28 July 1863
Successor Scottish Central Railway
Track gauge 4 ft 6 12 in (1,384 mm)
Length 11 miles (18 km)
Scottish Midland
Junction Railway
Alyth Junction
Ardler Junction
Newtyle (New)
Newtyle (Old)
Hatton Incline
Auchterhouse (New)
Auchterhouse (Old)
Balbeuchly Incline
Rosemill Goods
Maryfield Goods
Fleet at Back of Law
Lochee West
Law Tunnel
Law Incline
Dundee Ward Road
Dundee West
Dundee East
Dundee Tay Bridge
Dundee Harbour
Dundee and
Arbroath Railway
Tay Bridge


The line was originally 10 12 miles (16.9 km) long and of 4 ft 6 12 in (1,384 mm) rail gauge.[2] Construction costs were obtained from a capital of £140,000 in shares and £30,000 in loans. In 1846, the railway was leased in perpetuity to the Dundee and Perth Company.[3]

The route included three rope-worked inclined planes, with stationary steam engines to pull the trains uphill. There was a tunnel under Dundee Law.[1]

The Dundee station was originally on Ward Road but was later extended to the harbour in 1842 and was also extended to Lochee.[3] A small part of the original station at Newtyle still exists and the site of Ward Road station is occupied by a BT call centre.

Halts on the original line were at the back of Law tunnel, Baldovan, Baldragon, Auchterhouse, Balbeuchly Foot, Balbeuchly Incline, Balbeuchly Top, Auchterhouse, Hatton and Newtyle. In February 1867 the line was extended to Dundee Harbour at the Earl Grey Dock. The later Lochee Deviation stopped at Ninewells Junction, Liff, Lochee West, Lochee, Fairmuir Goods and Maryfield Goods near Stobswell.


One of the steam locomotives used on the Dundee and Newtyle Railway was Earl of Airlie, a 0-2-4 built by J & C Carmichael of Dundee in 1833. This had a horizontal boiler but the cylinders were vertical and drove the front wheels through bell cranks. It was one of the earliest engines in Britain to be fitted with a bogie. Other locomotives were built by the Dundee Foundry at which James Stirling (1800–1876) was manager.[4]


The Archives of the Dundee and Newtyle Railway Company, including its minute books and shareholder records, are held by Archives Services at the University of Dundee.[5] The same archives also hold extensive research notes relating to the railway created by Tom Craigie.[6]



  1. ^ a b "Dundee and Newtyle Railway". RailScot. Retrieved 2006-06-08. 
  2. ^ Ferguson, pp. 8–9.
  3. ^ a b Francis H. Groome (1892–1896). "Dundee and Newtyle Railway". Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland 2: 426. 
  4. ^ http://www.steamindex.com/people/stirling.htm#james1800
  5. ^ "MS 105/2 Dundee and Newtyle Railway Company". Archive Services Online Catalogue. University of Dundee. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "MS 347 Tom Craigie". Archive Services Online Catalogue. University of Dundee. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 


  • Awdry, Christopher (1990). Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies. Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0049-7. OCLC 19514063. 
  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0508-1. OCLC 60251199. 
  • Jowett, Alan (March 1989). Jowett's Railway Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland: From Pre-Grouping to the Present Day (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0086-1. OCLC 22311137. 
  • Ferguson, Dr N (October 1995) [1995]. Dundee and Newtyle Railway Including the Alyth and Blairgowrie Branches (Oakwood Library of Railway History) (Hardcover). The Oakwood Press. ISBN 0-85361-476-8. 

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