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LAW TUNNEL TO DOWNFIELD STATION

(Update Aug. 2015)

     
Left: Site of Back Of Law Station just south of Law Tunnel, which contained a Smith's Shop, Wright's Shop and Engine Shop.
Right: Sit of Back Of Law Station and goods sidings (Looking South towards Strathmore Avenue)

 
Left: From the Law Tunnel and Back Of Law sidings where it crossed Strathmore Avenue. Right: North side of Strathmore Avenue where the track bed ran below the road and to
the west side of Kings Cross Hospital to Crossroads Station at Clepington Road.


Kings Cross Hospital between Strathmore Avenue and Clepington Road. The remains of the incline track bed are seen on the
left.  This may be the remains of Crossroads station, which stood here. The station house, which now stands within the
hospital grounds remained as a private home until recent years but is now abandoned and in a poor state.
(Author Unknown)


Fairmuir. The blue line shows the run of the old line from just north of the Law Tunnel and under Clepington Road to
Balgray Road, where the new line from Lochee joined the old track northwards. Balgray Road became part of the
Kingsway bypass.


Crossroads Station Site, with the Station House askew to Clepington Road (B960), dictated by the angle that the railway
came in from off the Law Tunnel. Fairmuir Goods Yard site is on the left side of the road.

 
Crossroads station house stands in the hospital grounds. Sadly it lies empty and boarded up and is looking rather run down. I suspect the problem is the fact that it is in the
hospital grounds and private tenancy wouldn't be very welcome or practical. However, due to it's historical past it really should be preserved.

 
Left: This was probably the station clock. Right: Site where the railway ran below Clepington Road and northwards.

 
Looking south from the station house, with the line of sight towards Strathmore Avenue. There would
 have been a clear view from here to the Back Of The Law sidings and the northern tunnel mouth.
The Dundee Central Library photo above would have been taken from somewhere between here and
Strathmore Avenue, looking back towards the camera.

 
Left: The railway bridge on the south side of Clepington Road, on the west side of Kings Cross Hospital.  Crossroads station was just behind the bridge and the station house is
partly hidden by the trees on the left. Right: On the North side of Clepington Road. The industrial estate is on the site of Fairmuir Goods Yard. The track bed has been
backfilled up to the bridge and Clepington Road level. The track bed ran towards the over bridge at Balgray Road, which is now the Kingsway bypass.

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Left: Crossroads Station House in better times. The white circle above the door may have been the station clock.
Left: The old track bed from within the industrial estate. Behind the fence. Looking northwards. Right: Looking southwards

 
Left: The track bed is below the trees on the left, which is now in  Lintrathen Gardens. Right: Looking north towards the Kingsway. The Muirfield & Maryfield branch cut
                                                                                                                                         across this scene, while the old D&N ran directly northwards..

 
Left: South remains of the Bridge over the Kingsway. To the east side of Tesco. Right: Northern remains of the Bridge on the Kingsway by-pass. This photo ties up with the one
below in that it shows the extra width at this point due to the two lines meeting on the north side of the road.

 
Left: The Kingsway Bridge During demolition in the 60s' Right: Remains of the 'new' bridge in the 60's. The incline railway met the new line at this point and can just be made out to the
right of the newer track bed.  The scene northwards looks very much in open countryside compared to the present day scene. However you can walk this section as far as East School
Road,  where the tall tenement building stands up ahead. (Right: Elliot Simpson).


Interesting piece of news print that I found on the internet. Shows the Kingsway
over bridge at the time of it's demolition in 1965.


The incline track bed at Fairmuir as it ran south towards Crossroads Station. It was used as the driveway into Brown & Tawse Ltd.
The overhead Crane spanned over both old & new track beds. Taken from the track bed of the new line on the south side of the
Ex Kingsway over bridge. (Elliot Simpson).

Photos and comment added by ---- -----. (May 2014).

My thanks to Donald ----, of Dundee who sent me these photos of Muyirfiled Junction, which includes Brown & Tawse' building site. The track seen in the first photo is that running east from
Muirfield Junction towawards  Muirfield and Maryfield goods yards. You can also msee the spur that ran into the work site. The road seen going off at top left is ----- ----. The incline
railway coming in from the Back Of The Law, just out of site, far left.


The 1980 photo above is of the same spot but also shows the later divergence from Lochee coming in from the top center. Lintrathan Gardens is
seen to the top far left. The Dundee Ice Rink, now sadly gone, is seen bottom right. The road running at an angle though the site is on the
original incline railway track bed.
The work site of Brown & Tawse is still very much in action and there is no sign of the land clearance and
the new shopping centre that now stands at this spot.

Photos from Brown & Tawse Web Site at: http://www.browntawse.com/

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Left: Looking south over the Kingsway to the over bridge site, where the B&W photo above was taken from. Right: North side of the Kingsway looking towards Downfield.
You can walk the track bed from the Kingsway to East School Road.


FRom the south side of the Kingsway. The north side where the over bridge stood, towards Downfield station site.

 

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While this photo was simply titled "Near Downfield" my immediate guess was that this was just north of the Kingsway!
The extra width on the right suggests this is where the old and new track beds met! Today, behind the trees on the left is
the bottom of Laidon Terrace and the train is about to cross over East School Road. The four storie tenement is still
there as is the house just in front of it. A neighbour mentioned that the latter was a house for railway staff .


Approximately at the same spot as above. I have used a slightly wider angle than the original but not having
the photo with me it was very much a guess. The four storie house on East School Road is obvious and you
can just make out the house in front of that, through the tress. The end of which is now  Laiden Road. On
the left the remaining fir tree is probably the most easterly one of the line of trees seen in the B&W photo above.
This is quite a pleasant walk today.

 
Left: Midway between East School Road looking towards the Kingsway. Right: Looking towards East School Ro  ad.

   
East School Road. Site of over bridge. Left Towards Americanmuir Road. Right: Towards the Kingsway bypass. You can't walk the trackb ed from here to Camperdown Road but
must walk around via Strathmartin Road.


View looking south from Camperdown Road towards East School Road. This section is
part of the School grounds, which is why it is fenced off at both ends.


Interesting photo, showing the over bride that crossed School Road. (Autho Unknown).

 
Left: Site Of Camperdown Road over bridge (South). Right Looking north towards Americanmuir Road. While you can walk  to the Americanmuir Road end of the track bed you can't
et out and have to turn back and walk around Strathmartin Road.


This wire tensioning post is the only original railway artifact to be seen between the Kingsway
and Downfield. North side of Camperdown Road.

 
A short way into the track bed towards Americanmuir Road. Looking north then south respectfully

 
At the Americanmuir Road end of the track bed, which is fenced off. Looking north then south respectfully. Not a pretty sight but the sleepers are a nice touch.

 
Left: Southern side of the Americanmuir Road over bridge.                                                       Right: Northern side of the over bridge looking towards Downfield & Baldovan Station.

After walking the three sections from the Kingsway I considered it a real shame that you couldn't walk the track bed all the way to Americanmuir Road as it is a lovely green walk,
 which makes you feel  that you are in the countryside rather in a heavily built-up area. The gate is padlocked and may be open at certain times. An interesting point too is that the
fence is the same make as used by rail  Rail track for railway security. They may still be responsible for the upkeep of these sections.

 
It is difficult to accept that the railway ran along Caledonian Gardens. Left: Looking north. The fence probably follows the western side of the track bed, which was all in a cutting.
 Downfield station is approx. 200 yards beyond this spot and would have been visible to the driver as he braked into the station. The semaphore signal seen below would have
been on the right by the house windows   Right: Looking south. The brick wall is probably the western parameter of the track bed.  


View from Baldovan & Downfield station, with the bridge at which is now Caledonian Gardens by Clone Street road
crossing (above). The bridge at Americanmuir Road is in the distance. (D. C. Thomson)


From Caledonian Gardens to Downfield Station, which lay between Frederick Street and Strathmartin Road

Two new links well worth a visit.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_DxCgUWtuk

https://www.facebook.com/DundeeLawTunnel

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Links & Reading:

The Dundee & Newtyle Railway by Niall Ferguson.  Still available from some books shops and on the Internet.

The Dundee & Newtyle (A history by Elliot Simpson)

http://www.auchterhouse.com/history/railway.htm  (Includes and excellent map of the railway)

http://www.geograph.org.uk/search.php?i=7762615   Excellent 'remains' photos including the Law Tunnel, Balbeuchley Incline and Dronley

http://www.hows.org.uk/personal/rail/incline/dund.htm Explains the inclines but sketches are very poor quality and almost useless.

Video Screen grabs from the The Railways Of Scotland Volume 8 "Dundee". An excellent video available on DVD, from Cinerail at: http://www.cinerail.com/cinerail/railways-of-scotland.html  There are many great archive scenes of almost every
Scottish route you can think of. Well worth a look.

The Cromford & High Peak Incline railway in Derbyshire has been luckier in having much of it's buildings, including an Engine House preserved. This is what could have happened, indeed, should have happened with at least one of the
                                                   D&N inclines. However, the C&H gives an excellent comparison of what the D&N would have looked like. 

http://www.hows.org.uk/personal/rail/incline/hop.htm

Boddam To Ellon Branch (Walks)   By Bill Reid.

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