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Cowdenbeath Loop Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway) Devon Valley Railway Fife and Kinross Railway West of Fife Mineral Railway Clickable map of the Kinross-shire Railway

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This line ran through an area which is now largely farmed. There were large numbers of coal mines around Kelty which the line and its branches served.

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Description of route 

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From Cowdenbeath to Kinross.

Lumphinans South Junction

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The line started from a south facing junction here with the Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway). It ran north and west to Kelty.

Lumphinans East Junction

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The line also ran from a north-east facing junction here with the Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway). It ran north and west to Kelty.

Lumphinans North Junction

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This was the north junction of a triangular junction with the Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway) where the forks for Dunfermline and Thornton joined.

Kelty South Junction

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This was a north facing junction. A line ran south to Cowdenbeath by the Cowdenbeath Loop which was a new line opened when the Forth Bridge was opened and lines were improved including the construction of the Glenfarg Line which greatly improved the Edinburgh-Perth Journey time.

The original route ran south and a little east to a triangular junction with the Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway) at Lumphinans just to the eat of Cowdenbeath.

Kelty

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Kelty station had an extensive marshalling yard immediately by it. The site has been landscaped and little remains except an electricty substation which served a nearby mine.

Kelty North Junction

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At the north end of Kelty station lines ran from a south facing junction west to various coalpits, north to Kinross and east to Westfield by Ballingry. This was extended east past Kinglassie Colliery and on to Redford Junction at Thornton, a junction with the Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway). The section west from Westfield to Redford Junction is the only remaining part of the whole Kinross-shire system still open. It carries coal from Westfield opencast for (at the time of writing May 2005) Cockenzie Powerstation by Longniddry.

Blairadam

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This station was an early closure.

Loch Leven Curler's Platform

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These platforms were close by Loch Leven and were used when curling events were being held on the loch.

Loch Leven

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This was the first northern terminus, called Kinross, of the line until it was extended north to Hopefield. The station building here still stand in use as houses.

Kinross Junction

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This was a north facing junction with the Devon Valley Railway immediately to the south of Kinross station.

Kinross

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This station, formerly called Hopefield, was the western terminus of the Fife and Kinross Railway. Very little remains of the station today.


Page created on 19/01/1998
Page last edited on: 17/03/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford