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This line is in place except for the eastern terminus at Leven. The first mile from Thornton Junction to Levenseat has been used as a coal loading pad in recent years but the rest of the route is out of use with some of the track now in very poor overgrown condition. The line has been considered for re-opening on many occaisions. At the east end of the line the KFRPS is based in Kirkland Yard which was alongside the line.

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East Fife Central Railway Clickable map of the Leven Railway
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Description of route 


From Thornton to Leven.

Thornton North Junction


The line started from a junction with the Edinburgh and Northern Railway just north of Thornton Junction station. From this south facing junction trains could run south and then west to Inverkeithing and the Forth Bridge.

Earlseat Loading Point


This is a relatively new coal loading point east of Thornton North Junction. Opening of this loading point brings the line from Thornton North Junction back into use for the first time in many years.

Cameron Bridge


Cameron Bridge station was sandwiched between two portions of a distillery and a number of sidings served the site. The station was an island platform approached by a lattice footbridge. The site remained open until the late 1980s for freight traffic. At the east end of the station a short branch turned south to approach Muiredge where there was a goods depot.

Muirdedge Goods


The short Muiredge branch finished with a goods depot where there was interchange with the Bowman and Company's railway (partly later incorporated into the Wemyss Private Railway). Bowman's lines ran to Rosie Pit (to the south west), Methil Harbour (to the north east) and Isabella Pit (to the west).

East of Fife Central Junction


Two lines joined the route here. From an east facing junction goods trains could take the East Fife Central Railway to Kennoway, Largoward and Lochty. Just to the east was a west facing junction from which goods trains could take the Leven Dock Railway though Kirkland Yard to the Leven Dock and later the Methil Docks. The line to Leven and on to the Neuk of Fife ran round along the north side of the yard. The yard and line to the docks were both improved on a number of occasions.



This station was originally the terminus of the line. The line was extended east progressively and finally through Crail to reach St Andrews. The first extension east was built by the East of Fife Railway..

Page created on 10/07/2000
Page last edited on: 17/11/2016
Contact: Ewan Crawford