Dundee and Perth Railway

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Dundee and Perth Railway
Locale Scotland
Dates of operation 31 July 1845 – 31 July 1863
Successor Scottish Central Railway
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Dundee Tay Bridge (NBR)
Dundee West
Buckingham Junction
The Tay Bridge
North British Railway
Magdalen Green
Ninewells Junction
Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Inchture Village
River Tay
Princes Street
Scottish Midland Junction Railway
Moncrieffe Tunnel
Hilton Junction
Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Scottish Central Railway

The Dundee and Perth Railway is a historic railway in Scotland. It was authorised by an Act of Parliament in 1845.


Following incorporation on 31 July 1845, the line was opened on 22 May 1847.[1] In 1846 it leased the Dundee and Newtyle Railway, and following the lease of the Dundee and Arbroath Railway in 1848 changed its name to Dundee and Perth and Aberdeen Railway Junction Company.[1]

The company was vested into the Scottish Central Railway on 31 July 1863, being dissolved and becoming part of the Caledonian Railway in April 1881.[1]

Connections to other lines[edit]

The Inchture Railway Bus service operated a service from its junction at Inchture Station northwards, along a one and a half mile stretch to the village of Inchture. Although operated by the Caledonian Railway, this was not a railway in the true sense, but a horse-drawn tramcar on rails. It began service in 1848 and during its peak, ran six return journeys on weekdays, before it eventually closed on 1 January 1917. [2] The building which used to house the tramcar still exists today in the form of a private house, with the outlines of the former garage doors still clearly visible.

Current operations[edit]

Except for the spur into Dundee West station, the line is still open with services provided by First ScotRail. The only remaining intermediate station is at Invergowrie.



  1. ^ a b c Awdry (1990). Page 72.
  2. ^ Angus Railway Group Steam Album Vol.3 Perthshire 1983.