Law Incline

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Law Incline (1831-1861)

Opened on the Dundee and Newtyle Railway.


The incline started north of Dundee Ward Road and terminated just south of Law Tunnel.

The incline was 3180 ft long. It rose 233 ft at a gradient of 1 in 10. At the north end was an incline engine of 40 hp.

Just north of the station the line was single track, crossed Dudhope Crescent, then Barrack Road, to the north of which it doubled. It then ran north with the Dundee Royal Infirmary on the west side, the boundary of which preserves the line of the railway. Next it was crossed by Somerville Place, the line now running in a cutting. To the north of Somerville Place the site of the railway is now a series of grassy areas on the east side of Drummond Street. The section before the incline head had three rails, rather than double track. Before reaching Hospital Wynd (now realigned as Kinghorne Road) it had reached the incline head engine house where there were sidings. The line then entered the Law Tunnel, which was single track.

Two other inclines existed on the Dundee and Newtyle Railway, the Hatton Incline and the Balbeuchly Incline.




  /  /1857Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Dundee magistrates order the Dundee, Perth and Aberdeen Junction Railway to remove the Dundee and Newtyle Railway's harbour branch which ran as a street tramway between Dundee Ward Road and the Dundee Earl Grey Dock. Negotiations led to the DP&AJR having to promote a deviation (the Lochee Deviation, owned by the DP&AJR) avoiding the Law Incline and removal of the street tramway, replacing it with a locomotive worked line.
  /07/1859Dundee, Perth and Aberdeen Junction Railway
Act for the Lochee Deviation, Ninewells Junction (on the Dundee and Perth Railway) to Fairmuir (on the Dundee and Newtyle Railway), passed. Dundee Ward Road and the Law Incline were to close and trains terminate at Dundee Union Street (later Dundee West). Also for the deviation from Rosemill to Auchterhouse [2nd] replacing the Balbeuchly Incline.
08/06/1861Dundee and Newtyle Railway Dundee and Newtyle Deviations (Dundee and Perth Railway)
Dundee Ward Road, Law Tunnel and Law Incline closed with the opening of the deviation to Ninewells Junction.