The Dundee and Arbroath Railway – from Pioneering Line to Trunk Route

When the idea of a railway between Dundee and Arbroath was conceived in the 1830s, none of its promoters could have imagined it as anything other than a local line. By 1850, however, it had been cemented into the developing national network and it remains a route of strategic importance to this day.

Civic Trust member Neale Elder has worked on the railways for 35 years and takes a keen interest in the history of his industry. He will tell the story of the ‘D&A’: from its inauguration as an independent company; through nearly 70 years’ stewardship by a joint board of two rival railway companies; and then the varying fortunes of the late twentieth century to the present day.

Recent years have seen a welcome resumption of local passenger services throughout the day. Enhancements now in the pipeline promise a bright future for the ‘D&A’ as it nears its 200th birthday.

Thursday 16 December 2021, 7.00pm

Dundee Art Society Gallery, 17 Roseangle, Dundee, DD1 4LP