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Dundee and Perth Railway


(Dundee - Perth Railway Line)

A picturesque railway line that traverses the Carse of Gowrie on the north bank of the Firth of Tay, the Dundee and Perth Railway opened in 1847. Ownership passed to the Scottish Central Railway in 1863 and the Caledonian Railway two years later. The line leaves Dundee along the former shoreline of the Tay, before the land reclamation of Riverside, and then takes a straight-line course across the flat farmland of the Carse, before turning northwest, squeezed next to the river, to enter Perth at an awkward angle. It crosses the Tay Viaduct over Moncreiffe Island and is carried on an elevated section across the city centre. It was not until 1861 that Perth Station was adapted to cope with trains coming from the east and the present through-platforms were not created until 1885. There used to be several stations along the course of the line, but Glencarse, Kinfauns, Inchture, Longforgan and Magdalen Green all closed in the 1950s, followed by Errol in 1985, leaving only Invergowrie.


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