Alyth Junction

Location type

Station

Names and dates

Meigle [1st] (1861-1876)
Alyth Junction (1876-1967)

Note: text in square brackets is added for clarity and was not part of the location's name.

Opened on the Scottish Midland Junction Railway.
Opened on the Alyth Railway.

Description

This was originally a three platform station at the end of the road from Newtyle close to Nethermill and the Belmont Arms with goods facilities to its west, north side of the line. The station opened with the Alyth Railway (1861). It had two through platforms and a bay platform on the north side at the east end of the station. A further platform opened on the new flyover from Newtyle Junction (1868) and it become a four platform station.

There was a tall two storey station building on the westbound platform, the upper floor being at road level (the west end of the passenger station was crossed by the road). (The surviving building at Auldbar Road has a little in common with it and a large bay window.) There were waiting rooms on the platforms.

The stations two signal boxes, west and east, were replaced in 1911 with a single box. The originals had been on the south side of the line. The west box was opposite the goods yard. The east box was opposite the junction.

The new box was on the north side of the main line junction at the east end of the mainline eastbound platform. The flyover line passed behind (to the north of) the box to reach the branch.

The flyover closed in 1964 and the branch in 1965. The station closed in 1967 with the passenger service on the Strathmore Line (and the box closed). The line survived until 1982 as a freight only branch from Stanley Junction to Forfar [2nd].

The loading bank, parts of the main platforms, portions of the other two platforms and some station cottages remain. The road bridge over the west end of the station remains. The embankment of the flyover to the west of the station remains, the bridge over the line removed.

After the opening of the Alyth Railway the name should perhaps have changed, that line having a station named Fullarton which was closer to Meigle. The name Meigle also applies to the district which perhaps allowed some leeway and the branch station was roughly half way between Fullarton and Meigle. Not long after the Caledonian Railway owned both the main line and branch Meigle was renamed Alyth Junction.

Tags

Station Junction

External links

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




Nearby stations
Alyth Junction [Bay platform]
Alyth Junction [Branch platform]
Meigle Upper
Newtyle [2nd]
Meigle [2nd]
Newtyle [1st]
Meigle [3rd]
Kirkinch
Washington [N and CAR]
Ardler
Leason Hill
Jordanstone
Pitcrocknie Platform
Auchterhouse [1st]
Auchterhouse [2nd]
Nethermill Junction
Newtyle Junction
Newtyle Mill
Ardler Junction
Hatton Incline
Drumkilbo Siding
Hatton Engine House
Pitnappie Junction
Pitnappie Siding
Pitnappie Quarry
Tourist/other
Camno Crossing
Belmont Castle
Meigle Sculptured Stone Museum
Hatton Castle
Cardean [House]
Location names in dark blue are on the same original line.


Belmont Castle


To the north west is Belmont Castle, once the home of James Key Caird, jute baron and mathematician. His name was given to the whaleboat James Caird, famous for the Voyage of the James Caird which led to the rescue of the members of Ernest Shackleton^s Endurance expedition.


Dates

03/08/1868Dundee and Newtyle Railway Dundee and Newtyle Deviations (Dundee and Perth Railway)
New line from Newtyle Junction to new platforms at Alyth Junction and line passing north of Alyth Junction to meet the Alyth Railway opened (the Forfarshire Works).
15/01/1951Dundee and Newtyle Deviations (Dundee and Perth Railway)
Dundee West to Alyth passenger train withdrawn, leading to effective closure to passengers between Newtyle [2nd] and Alyth Junction (made official 02/07/1952).
02/07/1951Alyth Railway
Alyth town to Alyth Junction closed to passengers. Alyth Shed track lifted.
27/04/1952Newtyle and Coupar Angus Railway Scottish Midland Junction Railway
Ardler Junction taken out and crossover removed. Line between Ardler Junction and Newtyle Junction officially closed 04/04/1953 and Ardler Junction box closed. Alyth Junction to Newtyle Junction re-opens.
10/01/1955Newtyle, Eassie and Glammis RailwayDundee and Newtyle Railway
Alyth Junction to Dundee West closed to passengers. Newtyle [2nd], Auchterhouse [2nd], Dronley, Baldragon, Baldovan and Downfield, Lochee, Liff closed.
07/09/1964Newtyle, Eassie and Glammis Railway
Newtyle [1st] (Newtyle Goods) to Alyth Junction closed to freight.
01/03/1965Alyth Railway
Alyth town to Alyth Junction closed to freight.
04/09/1967Newtyle, Eassie and Glammis Railway
Alyth Junction to Glammis [2nd] 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.

Books


A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: The North of Scotland v. 15 (Regional railway history series)

An Illustrated History of Tayside's Railways

Tayside's Last Days of Steam
The Railways of Strathmore (Perth, Forfar and Brechin)