Dundee West Railway Station (New)

Dundee West Railway Station (New) - Ref: WC1039

Dundee West Station was the Caledonian Railway terminus. Trains ran to Perth and thence to Glasgow and London. Passengers travelling further north were transferred to Dundee East by carriage.

This photograph was taken by Alexander Wilson, the manager of a Dundee jute calender (finishing plant), looking westwards from Whitehall Place or the south end of Union Street. The clock tower is incomplete, which helps date the image to c.1889.

The Scottish baronial style influenced Thomas Barr, the railway company's chief engineer, when he drew up his red sandstone design. Inside, the semi-circular booking office gave direct access to the four platforms.

Alexander Wilson who took this photograph, was a supervisor in a Dundee jute mill for over 20 years. He bequeathed much of his collection and £50, to cover the costs involved, to the Free Library Committee of Dundee in 1923.

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