Dundee West railway station

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Place Dundee
Area Dundee
Coordinates 56°27′29″N 2°58′11″W / 56.4581°N 2.9698°W / 56.4581; -2.9698Coordinates: 56°27′29″N 2°58′11″W / 56.4581°N 2.9698°W / 56.4581; -2.9698
Grid reference NO403299
Original company Dundee and Perth Railway
Pre-grouping Caledonian Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
Platforms 2
1847 (1847) Opened as Dundee Union Street
1866 Name changed to Dundee West
1965 (1965) Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain

Dundee West railway station served the city of Dundee, Scotland from 1847 to 1965 on the Dundee and Perth Railway. Author John Minnis' has described demolition of the 'wonderful' station building (built between 1889 and 1890) as 'perhaps the most tragic loss' of a piece of railway architecture in Scotland.[1]


The station opened as Dundee Union Street in 1847 by the Dundee and Perth Railway and was the eastern terminus of the line, Goods facilities were on both sides of the station with one line serving Dundee Earl Grey Dock, which was to the east. The name a was changed to Dundee West in 1866. The station was rebuilt three times once in 1864 and again in 1890, this one being built to the west of the second station. The station closed to both passengers and goods traffic in 1965.[2]

The third station, built for the Caledonian Railway in 1889-1890, was designed by Thomas Barr. It was of red sandstone and built in the Scottish Baronial style.[1] Scottish architectural historian Charles McKean, and his co-authors of a book on Dundee' lost architectural heritage, described the building as 'overly bombastic in nature' and suggest it was built as 'a gesture of defiance' by the Caledonian Railway in response to the arrival of an alternate route in Dundee run by its bitter rival the North British Railway via the Tay Rail Bridge.[3] It was demolished upon closure.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Minnis, John (2014). Britain's Lost Railways. The Twentieth-Century Destruction of Our Finest Railway Architecture. London: Aurum Press Ltd. p. 71. ISBN 978 1 78131 863 8.
  2. ^ "RAILSCOT-Dundee West". Railscot. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  3. ^ McKean, Charles; Whatley, Patricia; with Baxter, Kenneth (2013). Lost Dundee. Dundee's Lost Architectural Heritage (2nd ed.). Edinburgh: Birlinn. p. 228. ISBN 978-1-78027-106-4.

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Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Terminus   Dundee and Perth Railway   Magdalen Green
Line partially open, station closed
Terminus   Dundee and Newtyle Railway   Liff
Line partially open, station closed
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