Aberdour Line (North British Railway)

Introduction

This line is open. The line runs from Inverkeithing to Burntisland and was opened in connection with the Forth Bridge Railway. It was built for the North British Railway. It carries both passengers and freight. Today it forms part of the East Coast Main Line.

Why built

This line was built as part of the general improvements opened with the Forth Bridge Railway. This provided a new route from Queensferry to Thornton which has been the mainline since opening.

Service

The line is served by both long distance limited stop trains and long distance services.



Route described

The line runs from a triangular junction at Inverkeithing to Burntisland where the terminus platforms became bay platforms at a through station.

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Inverkeithing to Burntisland

From Inverkeithing Central Junction to Burntisland.

At this junction the line runs south to the Forth Bridge and Inverkeithing station and to the north the lines to Dunfermline Town and Aberdour divide. The signal box here closed on 30/07/1979, being taken over by the Edinburgh Signalling Centre. ...

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DRS-liveried but Freightliner-owned and branded 66413 draws a Craiginches South - Millerhill ballast out of Inverkeithing Up Loop on 25 April. ...
Bill Roberton 25/04/2017
60085 passes Inverkeithing Central Junction with Aberdeen - Oxwellmains cement empties on 21 June. ...
Bill Roberton 21/06/2017
37516 hauls the empty stock from the previous day's SRPS Inverurie - Oban trip back to Bo'ness from Aberdeen past Inverkeithing Central junction on 15 ...
Bill Roberton 15/09/2013
The Inverness - Mossend intermodal, diverted through Fife because of engineering work in the Stirling area, passes Inverkeithing Central Junction, ...
Bill Roberton 30/10/2016

This forms the east part of a triangular junction. The main line runs south to Inverkeithing Central Junction and a single track loop line runs west to Inverkeithing North Junction. The signal box here closed on 30/07/1979, being taken over by the Edinburgh Signalling Centre. ...

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DRS 66424 passes Inverkeithing East Junction with a Barnhill - Millerhill train of recovered track panels on 14th October 2017. The Perth - Dundee ...
Bill Roberton 14/10/2017
B1 1264 charges away from Inverkeithing East Junction with the Great Britain XI tour from Edinburgh to Inverness with 47760 providing assistance on ...
Bill Roberton 21/04/2018
66746 passes Inverkeithing East Junction with the 'Royal Scotsman' from Dundee to Edinburgh on 24th October, possibly the last run of 2017.
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Bill Roberton 24/10/2017
Colas 60085 leads an Elgin - Millerhill empty ballast working past Inverkeithing East Junction with Colas 56094 on the rear. Sunday 13th August 2017 ...
Bill Roberton 13/08/2017

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The 'Forth Bridge & Scottish Borders' excursion calls at Dalgety Bay on its return on 6 August. ...
Bill Roberton 06/08/2017
Not something you see every day. Colas 70804 and 60021 climb away from Dalgety Bay / pass the site of Donibristle siding, with a Millerhill - Elgin ...
Bill Roberton 16/09/2017
66117 (and DB red 66206) pass Dalgety Bay with the 6K50 Millerhill - Elgin rail train on 20th May 2017. ...
Bill Roberton 20/05/2017
A ScotRail service heading for Edinburgh runs into platform 1 at Dalgety Bay on a pleasant May morning in 2005. ...
John Furnevel 04/05/2005

44871, ably assisted (some would say too ably assisted) by 37516, climbs away from Donibristle with the first SRPS Fife Circle & Borders trip of the ...
Bill Roberton 05/08/2018
Freightliner 66528 Madge Elliot MBE descends Donibristle bank on 9th September 2018 with a Huntly - Millerhill empty autoballaster. 66533 was on the ...
Bill Roberton 09/09/2018
GBRf liveried 66738 Huddersfield Town leads the Royal Scotsman 'Clans, Castles & Isles' tour from Perth to Sanquhar near Donibristle on 16th ...
Bill Roberton 16/09/2018
Freightliner 66587 brings up the rear of a Millerhill - Kittybrewster ballast as it climbs Donibristle bank with 66529 on the front. 3rd November ...
Bill Roberton 03/11/2018

This works did not produce aluminium but alumina which was then passed on to aluminium works to be converted into aluminium.
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Looking east at Newbiggin with 101 322 passing on an Edinburgh-bound service. In the foreground is the severed connection to the Alcan (formerly ...
Bill Roberton //1987
Sidings alongside the British Aluminium Company works in Burntisland around 1984. [Ref query 4339] ...
Bill Roberton //1984
British Aluminium Company No.3 (Andrew Barclay 2046 of 1937) inside the shed at the British Aluminium Company works at Burntisland in 1984. [See image ...
Bill Roberton //1984
In 1971, the British Aluminium Company's Burntisland works obtained two Fowler 0-4-0DMs from United Fireclay Products, Bathville, West Lothian, to ...
Bill Roberton //1973

This is a two platform station. The main station building on the up (southbound) platform remains standing, complete with platform canopy. A small stone waiting shelter also remains on the down platform. The signal box, just north of the building, remains standing. Renovated in 2017 it is currently in use as a pottery.
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Aberdour signal box looking gorgeous! ...
John Yellowlees 07/12/2018
Aberdour best small station - a plaque unveiled on the 7th of December. ...
John Yellowlees 07/12/2018
A window at the Aberdour Heritage Centre, flanked by hanging flower baskets. ...
John Yellowlees 27/07/2017
45407, running as 45157 Glasgow Highlander, nears Aberdour with the 'Fife Circle & Borders' excursion on 26 August 2018.
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Bill Roberton 26/08/2018

With the opening of the Forth Bridge and its connecting railway from Burntisland, a transfer platform was provided for the Carron Company's Newbigging ...
Bill Roberton 20/08/2018
A westbound 158 passes the blocked off tunnel of the Carron Company's lime works just west of Burntisland. ...
Bill Roberton //1990


This is a two platform station which opened with the Aberdour Line approach to the Forth Bridge. The station replaced the Burntisland [1st] terminal which is adjoining to its immediate south.
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Flowers at Burntisland station, courtesy of Floral Action Burntisland. ...
John Yellowlees 19/04/2016
On the left of this photo at Burntisland you can see a 'bughotel' supported by ScotRail's biodiversity fund. 6th May 2018.
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John Yellowlees 06/05/2018
DBS 67001 enters Burntisland on 11 July with the 17.08 Edinburgh - Fife - Edinburgh commuter train. ...
Bill Roberton 11/07/2011
170 456 and 158 786 pass at Burntisland on 11 July.
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Bill Roberton 11/07/2011




Inverkeithing Curve

Inverkeithing North Junction to Inverkeithing East Junction.

This forms the north part of a triangular junction. The main line runs south to Inverkeithing Central Junction and a single track loop line runs east to Inverkeithing East Junction. The signal box here closed on 30/07/1979, being taken over by the Edinburgh Signalling Centre. ...

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The Inverkeithing North/East chord with a road-rail machine and DR73803 waiting for the call to work at the Aberdour track renewal. A 170 passes on a ...
Bill Roberton 19/03/2017
Construction work in progress on the Forth Road Bridge approach roads to the north of Inverkeithing, taken from a Perth-bound train on 23rd March ...
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) 23/03/1963

This forms the east part of a triangular junction. The main line runs south to Inverkeithing Central Junction and a single track loop line runs west to Inverkeithing North Junction. The signal box here closed on 30/07/1979, being taken over by the Edinburgh Signalling Centre. ...

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DRS 66424 passes Inverkeithing East Junction with a Barnhill - Millerhill train of recovered track panels on 14th October 2017. The Perth - Dundee ...
Bill Roberton 14/10/2017
B1 1264 charges away from Inverkeithing East Junction with the Great Britain XI tour from Edinburgh to Inverness with 47760 providing assistance on ...
Bill Roberton 21/04/2018
66746 passes Inverkeithing East Junction with the 'Royal Scotsman' from Dundee to Edinburgh on 24th October, possibly the last run of 2017.
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Bill Roberton 24/10/2017
Colas 60085 leads an Elgin - Millerhill empty ballast working past Inverkeithing East Junction with Colas 56094 on the rear. Sunday 13th August 2017 ...
Bill Roberton 13/08/2017