DUNDEE TO FORFAR RAILWAY DEVELOPMENT

Dundee East Station Model

Supported by Angus Council,Voluntary Action Fund and Angus Railway Group during we  built a Model of the former Dundee to Forfar Railway showcasing Dundee East, West Ferry, and all stations to Forfar. The group collects the memories of those who worked /lived near/used the line so that the model becomes a Living History of Angus Life and an educational resource for future generations. 

THE ABOVE PICTURE SHOWS THE START OF THE LAYOUT OF THE MODEL SHOWING THE FORMER DUNDEE EAST STATION . THE CAR DEALER ARNOLD CLARK IS NOW BASED ON THIS SITE FOLLOWING THE CLOSURE OF THE STATION. 

DUNDEE TO FORFAR RAILWAY RAN FROM DUNDEE EAST THROUGH WEST FERRY,BARNHILL,SEVEN ARCHES,MONIKIE,KIRKBUDDO,KINGSMUIR TO FORFAR. 

Monifieth Model Group a local Scottish Charity was pleased to announce that funding was secured from Angus Railway Group and Angus Council to research and develop the project to bring the old Dundee to Forfar Railway to life in the form of a model with supporting commentary on what is a significant piece of Angus history. The group attended the Glamis Jubilee Celebration, presented seminars during Angus Heritage Weeks, met locals and tourists at Medieval Fairs,Galas,Probus events etc, showcased at the Dundee Model Railway Club and launched this website.

 

The group has previously built a model of Monifieth as it was between 1930-1960, which receives critical acclaim following installation in Monifieth Library. Their supporting publication “THE CHANGING FACE OF AN ANGUS TOWN” is popular with local people and visitors and adds to a growing understanding of community history. The new project will further enhance cultural development.

 

Initial investigation has identified many surviving artefacts along the route of the line e.g. remains of former stations, entrance gates and sections of bridges some of which are still in use carrying road traffic. After meeting some local residents living near the route John Grant Oral History Coordinator thinks that there may be many items of historical interest forgotten in lofts/barns/hedge rows and gardens, which could become centrepieces of a collection that would be of cultural, educational and tourist interest. Indeed there seemed future possibilities of parts of the route being made into cycle tracks and walkways, as is the case on the Dundee to Newtyle Railway route. This would stimulate leisure, tourist and business interest along the route.

 old bridge

THE ABOVE SHOWS ONE OF THE  STILL SOLID BRIDGE REMAINS TO BE FOUND ALONG THE ROUTE OF THE LINE -this near Crombie Country Park -many bridges are shown on the model.

The group is keen to meet those with memories or photographs of the route, those with artefacts and those who would be happy to add their memories to the group’s growing collection of recorded oral history.

Opportunities are available with the charity for those with skills in building, engineering, administration or simply an interest in preserving the past for future generations. Volunteers can enhance their skills, enjoy new experiences and perhaps launch themselves into new interests. 

Mr Ron Ashton former Director of Neighbourhood Services of Angus Council inspecting the initial structures of the model said, “This is our social and industrial history which can contribute to and influence our future”.THE MODEL IS PRESENTLY ON SHOW IN DUNDEE MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT. See their website for opening times.  

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 THE ABOVE PICTURE SHOWS PROGRESS WITH THE FORFAR SECTION  WITH ONE OF OUR ORAL HISTORY CDs SHOWING THE SIZE RELATIONSHIP.

 The Group can be contacted through the Library or via the contact page on this website and is particularly interested to hear from former railway employees or their descendants so that memories can be included in the model’s commentary and educational resources.