The Branch Line Society


Kerr's Miniature Railway, Arbroath
Friday 9th October 2020

17 miniature men, led by Kev Adlam, enjoyed a thoroughly comprehensive visit to this 10¼" gauge railway in wonderful Autumnal sunshine. Our special event was part of a long weekend of celebrations to say farewell to the railway after 85 years of operation. Our host, John Kerr, was obviously well briefed in advance by the party leader as we covered every inch of available track, except the out of use Hospitalfield Halt loop and turntable. This included all three platforms and turntable with its two run off lines at West Links, the remaining accessible Carriage Shed line and the three loco shed roads. Coverage was by a mixture of people power and two different locos - steam outline 'Auld Reekie' from the home fleet and visiting 'Thunderbolt III' from the nearby (!) Hastings Miniature Railway, a mere 550 miles away.

Complimentary refreshments were provided by our hosts as we took it in turns to 'Kerrfully' cover the track in small, socially distanced groups, with faces (but not eyes) covered and regular hand sanitising. Passing ScotRail drivers were obviously delighted to see the railway running, expressing their feelings on their two-tone horns! Thanks to John Kerr and his volunteers for making us so welcome and delivering an excellent farewell! A BLS 'Golden Gricer' award goes to a member who made an out and back day trip (within 24 hours) by train - well mostly - from Long Eaton to Arbroath for our fixture.

West Links station P1 - an extension was once proposed this end (P2 & 3 are to the right).
[© Kev Adlam 2020]

The level crossing with the back of the loco shed mid-right, the Abroath (right) to Dundee (left) line is on the embankment.
[© Kev Adlam 2020]

The main line is left, then the engine shed and turntable, and right is the carriage shed; the 'other' main line is above, looking towards Dundee.
[© Kev Adlam 2020]

Doing one of the turntable lines alongside the carriage shed with people power' - the main line is above, Abroath station to the right.
[© Kev Adlam 2020]

At the other (Hospitalfield) end of the line - well there definitely used to be a turntable here somewhere…
[© Kev Adlam 2020]

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