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Montrose Railway Station


(Mon Rois)

A railway station in Angus, Montrose (known as Mon Rois in Gaelic) is located a quarter-mile (0.5 km) northwest of the town centre, on land reclaimed from Montrose Basin. Montrose got its first station on the Aberdeen Railway in 1848. However its was not until 1881 that the current station was opened by the North British Railway, completing a gap in what is now the East Coast Main Line. Previously Montrose and stations to the north were served by the Caledonian Railway which came through the Valley of Strathmore from Perth. The new line passes to the west of the town and was dependent on the South Esk Viaduct, a half-mile (0.8 km) to the south southwest of the station. This viaduct had to be rebuilt having failed safety tests and therefore passengers did not arrive at the new station until 1883. The original buildings were replaced by a modern waiting room in the later 20th C., although a lattice-girder pedestrian bridge from 1881 still links the two platforms. Goods sidings and a large engine shed have gone, and the land been redeveloped, leaving two stopping lines and a through line to the west. Now operated by ScotRail, Montrose Railway Station is staffed part-time and is used by around 400,000 passengers per annum (2014). It is preceded by Arbroath Railway Station, 12 miles (19 km) to the south southwest, and followed by Laurencekirk, 8½ miles (14 km) to the north.

The earlier Caledonian Railway station building survives on Railway Place, a half-mile (0.8 km) to the southeast. It closed in 1934, although goods services continued to use the associated sidings until the 1960s.


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