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Written by Jamie McEwen - 20 Apr 2004
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Location notes
The location is halfway between Dundee and Broughty Ferry on the east coast of Scotland. Situated on the ECMLs northern half it is served by trains to and from Aberdeen to both Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Railway type and traffic
Normal passenger trains comprise 170s on Express services but 158s can be used. At peak time a 150 or 156 may be seen on the Edinburgh to Carnoustie local.
There are also 2 voyagers, one each way plus 8 East Coast HSTs, 4 each way.
Freight wise there is a daily DB Schenker Enterprise / Intermodal train. Also on Thursdays only you get a Freightliner 66/6 on a cement working to Aberdeen and back.
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RTT Link West Ferry Bay
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Environment
It's a nice enough location, main thing is your quite high up and exposed so may be cold. The area is mainly used by cyclists who use the route from Broughty Ferry to Dundee along the coastline.
Road directions
From Dundee: Head out on the Broughty Ferry road. After passing a roundabout turn right over the railway and the location is just round the corner.

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West Ferry Bay map co-ordinates
Parking
As long as you park clear off the corner on the road you will be fine, there is plenty of room to park car on grass.
Public transport
From Dundee get the Strathtay buses service 75 or 76 to a stop just beside the turn off for the bridge.

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Amenities
There is nowhere to buy food at this location so come prepared, also there are no toilets for a mile or so.
Accommodation
There are lots of hotels in Broughty Ferry and plenty of Bed and Breakfasts.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
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West Ferry Bay

Googly map
Streetmap links
West Ferry Bay general view map
West Ferry Bay close up map

Windows Local Live Link - image quality may vary
West Ferry Bay



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Photographic notes
As the only decent pics available pics are southbound the best time is from 13:00 to about 20:00 as the sun will be behind you.
You can also get pics standing on the bridge but the angle is not as good.


General views - All photographs © Jamie McEwen unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking east


Fig 1 - Looking east

A southbound EWS enterprise/intermodal taken from the bridge on Broughty Ferry road.

Fig 2 - Looking west


Fig 2 - Looking west

Taken halfway along the esplanade a Glasgow bound express passes overhead.

Fig 3 - Looking west


Fig 3 - Looking west


Fig 4 - Looking east


Fig 4 - Looking east

The Royal Train heading to Aberdeen taken from footbridge at the Broughty Ferry end.

Fig 5 - Looking west



Fig 5 - Looking west

Taken from footbridge again, this time facing Broughty Ferry and the north.

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