Dundee and Newtyle Railway Company
- 1826-1924 (Creation)
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The Dundee and Newtyle Railway Company was formed in 1826 and in the following year tenders were invited for contractual engineering works. This was the first railway to be built in the north of Scotland, and was intended to transport commodities both ways between the valley of Strathmore and the port of Dundee. The route crossed the considerable heights of the Sidlaw Hills, and the work was complicated by the decision to construct a tunnel through Dundee Law, which was finally completed in 1829, allowing the 11 mile line to open in 1832. Between 1835 and 1838 the line was extended both to the west and the north-east by the opening of the Newtyle and Coupar Angus Railway and the Newtyle and Glammiss Railway. Both the Newtyle and Coupar Angus Railway Company and the Newtyle and Glammiss Railway Company were absorbed by the Scottish Midland Junction Railway in 1845 which, in turn, was absorbed by the Scottish North Eastern Railway Company in 1856. The Scottish North Eastern was itself absorbed into the Caledonian Railway Company in 1865, ultimately becoming part of the London Midland Scottish Railway Company in 1923. The Dundee and Newtyle Railway Company, however, was leased to the Dundee and Perth Railway Company in 1846, became part of the new Dundee, Perth and Aberdeen Junction Railway Company in 1848, and was also absorbed into the Caledonian Railway Company in 1865. The Harbour Branch of the line was built in 1842 to facilitate traffic to and from Dundee's harbour. The line made a loss from its introduction but the company continued, drawing rent and paying out debt, although it had little influence on policy decisions. In 1923 the Caledonian Railway was itself taken over by the London Midland Scottish Railway Company, and the Dundee and Newtyle Railway Company ceased to exist.
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Statutes 1826 and 1835; minute books 1829-1846; letter book 1912-1924; shareholding records 1826-1911; engrossment books 1839-1847 including copy of the lease of the Dundee and Newtyle Railway to the Dundee and Perth Railway Company 1847; miscellaneous minutes, correspondence, financial, legal (including leases) and parliamentary papers relating to affairs of the company 1827-1886 (includes papers relating to Newtyle and Glammiss Railway 1836-1850, Newtyle and Coupar Angus Railway 1837-1849, Scottish North Eastern Railway 1853-1869); notes and correspondence of William Blackadder 1835-1847; correspondence and notes concerning Farmers and Graziers Mutual Cattle Assurance Association 1848-1850
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Description compiled in line with the following standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) General International Standard Archival Description; International Council on Archives, ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families; National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997
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