Sub-fonds MS 17/3 - Dundee and Arbroath Joint Railway; Kirkcaldy District Railways: miscellaneous papers

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MS 17/3


Dundee and Arbroath Joint Railway; Kirkcaldy District Railways: miscellaneous papers


  • 1851-1903 (Creation)

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0.03 linear metres

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The Dundee and Arbroath Railway Company was incorporated in May 1836, the line opening in October 1838 from a temporary station at Craigie, Dundee, and becoming fully operational by April 1840. A proposed junction with the Arbroath and Forfar Railway was never built which left the line somewhat isolated, accentuated by stiff competition from a thriving waterborne coastal trade and a good existing road between Arbroath and Dundee. In August 1848 the line was leased to the Dundee and Perth Railway Company, and in 1862 this company was absorbed by the Scottish North Eastern Railway Company. Control then passed to the Caledonian Railway Company, who latterly leased it to the Aberdeen Railway Company. In 1880 it was passed to the Caledonian Railway/North British Railway Company, and finally in 1923 to the London & North Eastern Railway/London, Midland & Scottish Railway Company. The Kirkcaldy District Railways ran between Cowdenbeath and Kirkcaldy. It was used for freight only and was built to relieve the neighbouring mainlines of some traffic.

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The Dundee and Arbroath Railway (Dundee Station) Act 1851, despatch book 1891-1893 and Inventory of 1903; draft precognitions and other legal papers relating to the Kirkcaldy and District Railways Bill 1891.


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Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act (2018), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, 2018) and any other relevant legislation or restrictions. Clinical information is closed for 100 years.

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Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges may be made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply; please check with the Duty Archivist.

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The records are on paper. May require conservation

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Related units of description: MS 105/VII Shiell and Small Collection: Dundee and Arbroath Railway Company MS 17P/39 Dundee and Arbroath Joint Railway: plan of St. Vigeans Junction, Arbroath, 1892 MS 17P/86 Broughty Ferry Castle Green Arbitration Feuing plans, 1900 MS 17P/90 Dundee and Arbroath Joint Railway: plans and sections of junction at Arbroath and branch line at Broughty Ferry, 1845 MS 17P/94 Dundee and Arbroath Joint Railway: plan of line from Dundee to Arbroath MS 17P/115 Plan of Taymouth Works and grounds near Carnoustie (Dundee and Arbroath Joint Railway noted) MS 17P/148-149 Dundee and Arbroath Joint Railway: plan showing appropriation of ground at west level crossing, Camperdown Dock, Dundee, and plan of ground at Dundee Station near Peep O' Day Lane, 1878 MS 17P/120 Plan of the harbour of Dundee showing the portion of the Dundee and Arbroath Railway belonging to the harbour trustees, 1884

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MS 17/3

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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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