North British, Arbroath and Montrose Railway

Introduction

Also known as the Arbroath and Montrose Railway.

This line is open. The line is part of the East Coast Main Line and is double track except for a bridge to the south of Montrose station. The line was owned by the North British Railway and was in effect a continuation of that companys Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway) line northwards towards Aberdeen.






Dates

  /  /1871North British, Arbroath and Montrose Railway
Act for the Arbroath and Montrose Railway receives Royal assent. The Caledonian Railway is granted running powers over the route.
  /  /1872North British, Arbroath and Montrose Railway
Link from Montrose to Broomfield Junction (on the Montrose and Bervie Railway) authorised.
  /  /1877North British, Arbroath and Montrose Railway
As the railway not yet complete and the Act about to expire an extension of time is granted.
  /  /1880North British, Arbroath and Montrose RailwayNorth British Railway
Arbroath and Montrose Railway absorption by North British Railway authorised.
01/02/1880Dundee and Arbroath Joint Railway Caledonian Railway North British Railway
Dundee and Arbroath Joint Railway authorised (Caledonian Railway and North British Railway). This involved the bulk of the former Dundee and Arbroath Railway between Camperdown Junction and near Arbroath station and a short portion of the Arbroath and Forfar Railway as far as St Vigeans Junction. This followed the opening of the Tay Bridge [1st] in 1878 and the impending opening of the North British, Arbroath and Montrose Railway of 1880.
  /  /1884North British, Arbroath and Montrose Railway
Montrose Harbour branch from Montrose authorised, Caledonian Railway granted running powers.
  /  /1885North British, Arbroath and Montrose Railway Aberdeen Railway
The North British Railway and Caledonian Railway are granted running powers over the independent Montrose Harbour lines.
  /  /1886North British, Arbroath and Montrose Railway Aberdeen Railway
Formal agreement between the North British Railway and Caledonian Railway about use of the Montrose Harbour sidings.
  /  /1891North British, Arbroath and Montrose Railway
Act grants permission to double line. (Caledonian Railway included in Act, allowed to use the second line.)
30/06/1899North British, Arbroath and Montrose Railway
Caledonian Railway ceases to use Inverkeilor station.
19/06/1967North British, Arbroath and Montrose Railway
Montrose to Broomfield Junction closed to freight.

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Arbroath to Montrose

This was the main line of the route running from St Vigeans Junction, just north of Arbroath, to Kinnaber Junction, north of Montrose.

DRS 66 428 heads a Grangemouth-Aberdeen container train past St Vigeans just north of Arbroath in May 2009. ...
Sandy Steele /05/2009
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EWS 67 004 with the daily railhead treatment train (RHTT) nearing Arbroath station on 7 October 2009. ...
Sandy Steele 07/10/2009
Freightliner 66609 on a northbound Oxwellmains-Aberdeen cement train passing Arbroath on 2 October. ...
Sandy Steele 02/10/2008
DRS 68003 'Astute' heads north through Arbroath on Sunday 19th January 2015 with the Grangemouth - Aberdeen Intermodal container train. ...
Sandy Steele 19/01/2015
DBS class 67 no 67018 passing north through Arbroath on 5 April with a pipe train bound for Aberdeen. ...
Sandy Steele 05/04/2011
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This two platform station was located east of Letham Grange for which it is named, there being very little else in the immediate area.
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This was a two platform station. The goods yard was on the east side, approached from the north. The signal box was at the north end of the northbound platform. The box opened with line doubling in 1897.
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This was a two platform station. A signal box (1881) remains open here, on the west side of the line.
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Reconstruction and expansion of Inverkeilor signalbox in 2000. ...
Ewan Crawford //2000
Looking north at Inverkeilor. ...
Ewan Crawford //2005
Placing a trolley on the track at Inverkeilor. ...
Duncan Ross 02/03/2007
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This is a double track three span girder viaduct just north of Inverkeilor which crosses the Lunan Water. ...

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LNER HST crossing the River Lunan viaduct on 25th August 2018. ...
Duncan Ross 25/08/2018
DRS Class 66, in charge of 4A13 Intermodal service, crossing the River Lunan viaduct on 25th August 2018. ...
Duncan Ross 25/08/2018
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This was a two platform station on a double track line. When opened it was a station with a loop on a single track line. The station house was on the northbound platform and there were waiting rooms on each platform.
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Rebuilt Scot 46115 Scots Guardsman hauls the northern part of the 'Great Britain V' over the viaduct at Lunan Bay three miles south of ...
John Gray 22/04/2012
The approach road to Lunan Bay station in January 2013. Only the house remains. The white concrete gateposts look to be LNER standard. ...
Brian Taylor 30/01/2013
Looking north from the overbridge near Lunan Bay. Station House is in the trees to the left. ...
Brian Forbes 02/03/2008
A Down ScotRail service passes the spectacularly sited but long gone station at Lunan Bay in January 2013. The Station House remains, but is hidden by ...
Brian Taylor 30/01/2013
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This signal box controlled the point where the double track line became single track on the approach to Montrose from the south. This is needed as the Rossie Viaduct and South Esk Viaduct are both single track. Once north of these the line reverts to double track.
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66425 passing the site of Usan signal box (closed in 2010) with 4A13, Grangemouth to Craiginches, on 9th July 2020.
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Duncan Ross 09/07/2020
170402 approaches Usan 'box in 2004. ...
Duncan Ross 21/09/2004
A southbound Virgin Trains 125 set approaching Usan signal box on the single line section from Montrose in June 1999. ...
David Panton 27/06/1999
Looking south to Usan signalbox on 28 March 1987. The 'box closed in 2010. See image 18177 ...
Bill Roberton 28/03/1987
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This is a 17 arch single track red brick viaduct. It connects Ferryden to Rossie Island crossing the southern of two outlets from Montrose Basin. Also known as Inchbraoch Viaduct. Designed by Thomas Bouch. The viaduct is 903 ft long overall and 58 ft high.
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Red Brick single track Ferryden Viaduct approaching Montrose from the south. ...
Brian Forbes 02/03/2008
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This is a single track 16 span girder viaduct crossing the northern of two channels from Montrose Basin, the southern of which has been infilled. The viaduct links Montrose, to the north, to Rossie Island.
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Sunset over the Montrose Basin as a 477 propelled train crosses the South Esk Viaduct southbound. Sea birds scatter before the train. ...
Ewan Crawford 25/01/1989
Under the South Esk Viaduct, looking south in 2007. ...
Ewan Crawford 06/10/2007
170414 about to cross the South Esk Bridge heading for Glasgow, haar lying about all day. ...
Brian Forbes 14/08/2007
Crossing Montrose Basin in August 2012. ...
John Yellowlees 30/08/2012
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This is a two platform station. There is a modern station building on the southbound platform. There is a car park. The station is on the western edge of the town and has a view overlooking the Montrose Basin. A modern footbridge with lifts stands at the south end of the station.
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Colas 70813 hauls the 6S48 Workington Docks to Craiginches freight over the bridge at Montrose on 9th July 2020. The bridge looks as if it is sinking, ...
Duncan Ross 09/07/2020
A Glasgow Queen Street service enters Montrose on 2 October 2019, obviously not in the form of the expected HST. We have a communications mast ...
David Panton 02/10/2019
An Edinburgh to Aberdeen 170 calls at Montrose on 13 February 2019. This train used to go on to Inverurie, but the through trains stopped ...
David Panton 13/02/2019
A terminating service from Aberdeen prepares to run into the siding at Montrose to turn back on 2 October 2019. I would have said it disgorged but ...
David Panton 02/10/2019
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This shed was on the east side of the northern end of Montrose station and approached from Montrose North Junction, north of the station. It was a two road shed with a water tank to the north and turntable to the south by the buffers. The coaling shed was on its west side.
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This junction was to the north of Montrose station. This allowed trains access to Broomfield Junction and the Montrose and Bervie Railway which the North British Railway was to operate and take over.
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Montrose North box on 2 October 2019. Somewhere between a few years ago and some years ago this box subsumed Usan and Montrose South boxes yet ...
David Panton 02/10/2019
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This was a two platform station. When the line north from Arbroath to Montrose and Kinnaber Junction was opened this was the location where the line doubled, south of the station, on the approach to Kinnaber Junction. The line was later doubled.
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This is the famous location where the East Coast Main Line and West Coast Main Line routes met until the late 1960s.
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See also
Aberdeen Railway
A2 Pacific no 60507 'Highland Chieftain' brings an Edinburgh - Aberdeen train north through Kinnaber Junction on 19 July 1953. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 19/07/1953
A relief to the up 'Postal' runs south through Kinnaber Junction on 6 April 1953. Locomotive in charge is Perth based Black 5 4-6-0 no 44924. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 06/04/1953
The down 'Granite City' approaching Kinnaber Junction in the summer of 1953 behind Black 5 4-6-0 no 44796. Montrose Water Works is on the left. ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 01/08/1953
One of Ferryhill shed's A2 Pacifics, no 60531 Bahram, on an 'up' express, has cleared Kinnaber Junction on Saturday 1st August 1953. The ...
G H Robin collection by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow 01/08/1953
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Dens Sidings

EWS 67 004 with the daily railhead treatment train (RHTT) nearing Arbroath station on 7 October 2009. ...
Sandy Steele 07/10/2009
Freightliner 66609 on a northbound Oxwellmains-Aberdeen cement train passing Arbroath on 2 October. ...
Sandy Steele 02/10/2008
DRS 68003 'Astute' heads north through Arbroath on Sunday 19th January 2015 with the Grangemouth - Aberdeen Intermodal container train. ...
Sandy Steele 19/01/2015
DBS class 67 no 67018 passing north through Arbroath on 5 April with a pipe train bound for Aberdeen. ...
Sandy Steele 05/04/2011
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Montrose to Broomfield

This short branch connected the North British Railway owned lines to the Montrose and Bervie Railway, albeit via a very short section of Caledonian Railway owned line.

This junction was to the north of Montrose station. This allowed trains access to Broomfield Junction and the Montrose and Bervie Railway which the North British Railway was to operate and take over.
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Montrose North box on 2 October 2019. Somewhere between a few years ago and some years ago this box subsumed Usan and Montrose South boxes yet ...
David Panton 02/10/2019
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This was the junction between the branch from Dubton to Montrose [CR] of the Aberdeen Railway and the later Montrose and Bervie Railway.
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Aberdeen Railway
Montrose and Bervie Railway
Looking North at the former site of Broomfield Junction. ...
Ewan Crawford //
64615 at Broomfield Junction with the 1960 RCTS/SLS Joint Scottish Tour. To the left is the line to Dubton, the train is coming off the Bervie line ...
WA Camwell (Copyright Stephenson Locomotive Society) 16/06/1960
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