(North British Railway)
This line is open between Dunfermline
and the former Kincardine Power Station (although the Power Station was
demolished there is an infrequently used lorry to train coal loading facility).
The line is used chiefly to deliver
coal to Longannet Power station which is situated between Kincardine and
Culross. Disused and un-usable track remains between Alloa and Kincardine.
Longannet Power Station is provided
with coal by train and, until 2002, also from the neighbouring Longannet
Colliery, which is a deep pit rather than an opencast site. The Power
Station's demand for coal is high and many trains run to the site. There
are growing traffic problems for these trains which run along the Edinburgh
and Glasgow line and the Forth
Rail Bridge. The line between Stirling and Kincardine may be re-opened
to relieve the pressure on the other lines.
a short section.
This line runs along the north bank of the
River Forth. The area is not very highly populated. At Kincardine there was
a coal-fired power station, at Longannet there still is a major coal-fired power
station (coal is brought by rail and road) and at Longannet and Valleyfield
there were coal mines. The Longannet mine opened in connection with the power
station but closed in 2002 after an in-rush of water.
Description of route
From west of Dunfermline to east of Alloa.
This is an east facing junction with the Charlestown
Little remains of the former station here.
To the east of the town the line has an incline which slows the Longannet coal
Very little remains of this station. There
was a coalmine here which was linked to Kinneil's mine by a tunnel under the
Forth. Before this the site was rail served. Today large offshore ponds are
filled with ash from Longannet Power station.
A two platform station was built here, but
nothing remains of the loop or the station. The line runs along a seawall beside
Longannet Power Station
Longannet Power Station is served by the railway.
There is a loop off the line which is served by triangular junctions at either
end. The 'main line' runs by the seashore and the sidings are inland. The western
arrival and departure curves are not much used these days as the line to the
west is closed west of Kincardine and seldom used as far as Kincardine.
This was a two platform station. The concrete
platforms remain but the line is now single and has been re-aligned through
the station. To the east of the station the line is crossed by the Kincardine
Bridge which former had a swing span. To the west of the station is a level
Kincardine Power Station
The power station has been demolished and the
site is being cleared.
The power station was served by extensive sidings
which were approached by an east facing junction with the 'main line'. Most
of these sidings have been lifted and re-used by the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway
to re-open the Slamannan
Railway line between Manuel and Bo'ness. The yard had locomotive sheds at
its north end. The power station was further served by sidings which joined
at a west facing junction and ran into the works rather than into the large
There was a signalbox at Kincardine which was
demolished in the 1980s. There remains a loop here which is very occaisionally
used by coal trains which are loaded here for Longannet. This was introduced
to reduce the number of trucks driven through Kincardine.
Little remains of the station that was here
save a railway cottage. There is a paperworks here which was served by the railway.
This works may have closed recently.
Very little remains of this station.
This is a west facing junction where the line
met the Stirling and Dunfermline Railway.
There was a signalbox here in the 'V' of the junction and the first section
of the Kincardine line was double track. Just before the junction the line crosses
a main road on a large girder viaduct.
Page created on 19/01/1998
Page last edited on: 17/03/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford