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East Fife Central Railway

This freight line is closed. It later became the Lochty Light Railway or Lochty Private Railway.

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Local area

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The goods line ran through farmed countryside and served a number of small coalmines.

Chronology

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The line was opened to freight only from Kirkland Yard, Leven, to Lochty. It had been intended to extend it eastwards to Kingsbarns, but this did not happen. After the line was closed between Leven and Lochty, the eastern end was retained, as the 'Lochty Light Railway', for John Cameron's A4 Pacific 'Union of South Africa' which ran from a small station at Lochty to "the bridge". Further locomotives, carriages and wagons were added. The line was closed in the 1980s. Some portions of a brick platform remain at Lochty.

Description of route

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From near Leven to Lochty.

East Fife Central Junction

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This was an east facing junction to the west of Kirkland Yard near Leven. The branch was single track and the main line double track, the branch doubled immediately before joining the main line.

Kennoway

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Kennoway was a goods station. There was a loop on the line here, worked by Annett's Key, and two sidings running off the loop from an east facing junction to a loading bank. There was a workers platform here for trains which ran east to Largobeath Colliery.

Just to the east there was a siding to Letham Farm which ran from a west facing junction.

Montrave

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This goods station had a loop and three sidings which led off the loop, from an east facing junction, to a loading bank. The station was worked by Annett's Key.

Baldastard Colliery

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This colliery was served by short lived sidings from the line running from an east facing junction.

Largoward

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This goods station had a loop and three sidings which led off the loop, from a west facing junction, to a loading bank. The station was worked by Annett's Key.

To the east of the station was a siding running to Balcarres Colliery. The siding ran south from an east facing junction. Slightly further east was a siding to Largobeath Colliery which ran north from an east facing junction. In the 'v' of the junction was a workers platform for the colliery.

This goods station had a loop and three sidings which led off the loop, from a west facing junction, to a loading bank. The station was worked by Annett's Key.

Lochty

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This was the terminus of the line. There was a goods station here with a passing loop and two sidings. After closure of the line, this became the headquarters of the Lochty Private Railway which used the trackbed of the line from here westwards to a halt at Knightsward. This preserved railway ran passenger trains.

At the request of the landowner the line was closed in 1992 and the Fife Railway Preservation Group removed their collection of engines, wagons, track and other items to storage in 1994, pending opening of a new depot at Kirkland Yard. The new site was purchased in 1998. The new depot will be built by the group who are now named the Kingdom of Fife Railway Preservation Society.

Kingsbarns

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The line did not reach this point on the Anstruther and St Andrews Railway but the track here was doubled in preparation for a junction.


Page created on 14/11/1997
Page last edited on: 11/09/2011
Contact: Ewan Crawford Leven Railway