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LANDALE, Charles & DUNN, Matthias

Report submitted to the subscribers for defraying the expence of a survey to ascertain whether it is practicable and expedient to construct a railway between the Valley of Strathmore and Dundee. [With] Observations upon the line of railroad projected by Mr Landale, from Dundee to the Valley of Strathmore, by Matthias Dunn, Colliery viewer and mineral surveyor.
Dundee, 1825, 1825

'By 1825, when [Landale] was employed to make proposals for a railway from Dundee across the Sidlaw Hills to the Vale of Strathmore, he probably had had more experience of horse-traction railways and steam-operated and self-acting inclined planes than any other engineer in Scotland'. (Paxton, ‘Biographical Dictionary of Civil Engineers’, Vol. 1).

This report on what became the Dundee & Newtyle railway, one of the earliest lines in Scotland, describes two possible routes, giving reasons why the Newtyle route would be preferable. The line involved the construction of three steam-powered inclined planes, to be provided by Carmichael, and although it was initially to be horse-drawn, Landale specified that the rails be of a size that would also be able to carry locomotives.

Matthias Dunn, a well-known colliery viewer in the North-East, was called in to give a second opinion. His favourable report led to the construction of the line, which began in 1827 and was completed in 1831. Unfortunately, Landale lost control of the finances and was replaced as engineer in 1829.


Small 4to. 2 works in 1. 12pp, folding litho map ; 6pp. Boards. Skempton Nos.822, 405. Ottley No.1534, 1533.



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