This line is closed, although a portion
remains, out of use, between Markinch and the Auchmuty Paper Mills. It
is likely this section will be closed and lifted. It is possible the closed
route will become a cycleway.
Partly retained out of use
The area has a large number of paper mills.
Description of route
From Markinch to Leslie.
The line joined the Edinburgh
and Northern Railway at a north facing junction at Markinch. There were/are
extensive sidings here and a goods shed (the goods shed burnt down recently)
which for many years was host to A4 Pacific 'Union of South Africa' after its
time on the Lochty
Prestonhall level crossing
Auchmuty Paper Mills
Until the easrly 1990s the line remained in use
between the Auchmuty Paper Mills (Tullis Russell Paper) and Markinch. The line was
notable for a very small bridge trains had to pass under. Latterly class 08s were
used due to the limited clearance available. The line from the mills met the
'main line' from Markinch to Leslie at an east facing junction. The line to Leslie
continued west over the large Balbirnie Viaduct, which still stands out of use.
Auchmuty area of Glenrothes
The line passed round the south of what is now the Auchmuty area
of Glenrothes. There were no stations or sidings here as this was undeveloped farmland at the time
of the opening.
This was the terminus of the line. This was
a single platform station. A fair portion of the platform remains in an area
of derelict ground, partly built upon, which was the terminus. There was a paper
mill immediately to the west of the terminus which was rail served, and another
further north which was served by trains reversing back out of the station and
taking a line running north from a west facing junction.
Page created on 14/11/1997
Page last edited on: 17/03/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford