'Carmyllie No More'
Class 2MT 46464 has again been in the news. The Arbroath Herald of Friday, 28th May, carried an illustrated article on the closure to all traffic of the Carmyllie Light Railway.
Ian Fraser in the cab of 46464, Arbroath Station yard, 1964
little engine—unnamed—but endowed with a number of symmetry
unparalleled in its class has had its moments; the last passenger working
on the Arbroath and Forfar, double heading (chimney to chimney) with its
sister 46463 on the memorable RCTS/SLS Special up the Carmyllie branch,
other workings for enthusiast Societies and active participation in the
Gordon Highlander, Morayshire festivity at Arbroath. For fourteen years
the Carmyllie pilot 46464 has had no life of ease. At times whipped into
service on the passenger trains to Forfar, to Tayport, or on the joint
line it has of late been treble-manned, much of its activity being
concerned with the agricultural industry of the neighbourhood. Potatoes,
sugar beet and raspberries varied by a strange admixture of the tang of
tar (Dowrie siding) and sea breezes.
Carmyllie Light Railway became officially closed to all traffic on Monday,
24th May, but passenger services ceased 30th November, 1929. On Wednesday,
19th May, 46464 worked the last train, consisting of a van, open wagon and
brake for the purpose of collecting and bringing down to Elliott Junction
what remained of the furnishings and effects.
lovely summer morning with a dry rail and nothing of a train. Up for the
last time through the sylvan beauty of Kelly Den, over the cattle guards
at Arbirlot and first stop Cuthlie to load recoverable material. Cuthlie
to the last had provided a considerable volume of the agricultural
traffic. Then the long drag at 1 in 40 and 1 in 36 to Denhead and on to
the tableland of 500ft. from sea-level to 500ft. in five miles!
arrival of the last train at Carmyllie evoked no public interest. It was
only too evident that the flourishing agricultural community is managing
very well without the railway. Higher still and on the sky-line could be
seen the derelict remains of the extensive quarries that over a lengthy
period produced building and paving stone for notable works in many parts
of the world and provided the raison d'etre for the railway.
a marvellous procession of engines must have passed this way over the
years! Not only the quaint NB 0-4-0 tender engines, the immaculate
Caledonian 0-4-2, the NB Drummond 4-4-0 Ts, the Drummond and Mclntosh C.R.
0-4-4Ts, the latter in L.M.S. crimson lake and the stalwart J24s of North
Eastern origin, but also a curious medley of industrial types for work on
the quarry extensions of which remains only a vague and tantalising
so with a guilty sense of “Is your journey really necessary” 46464 and
her freight slipped silently away, unregarded and without even a whistle.
passed after 110 years the “Carmyllie Light” but 46464 continues to
perform in the finest style her accustomed duties on the “Dowrie”
By the late Ian N.