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.

This junction is north of Inverkeithing station and opened for the opening of the Forth Bridge. It forms the southern apex of a triangle of lines.
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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
The Inverness - Mossend intermodal, diverted through Fife because of engineering work in the Stirling area, passes Inverkeithing Central Junction, ...
Bill Roberton 30/10/2016
47790 leads the 'Northern Belle' past Inverkeithing Central Junction. 47832 Solway Princess brought up the rear. ...
Bill Roberton 04/07/2011

This forms the east part of a triangular junction. The main line runs south to Inverkeithing Central Junction and a single track loop line (formerly double) runs west to Inverkeithing North Junction. The signal box here closed in 1979, being taken over by the Edinburgh Signalling Centre. The box was in the 'V' of the junction. A loop was added on the westbound line east of the ...

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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
GBRf 66742 is on the rear of an Arbroath to Millerhill ballast as it approaches Inverkeithing East Junction on 25th August 2019. 66728 leads.
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Bill Roberton 25/08/2019

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The 08.20 CrossCountry service from Aberdeen to Penzance nears Dalgety Bay on 3 September. The train was terminated at Inverkeithing because of a ...
Bill Roberton 03/09/2019
Colas 70814 nears Dalgety Bay with the Aberdeen Craiginches - Oxwellmains cement empties on 17th May 2019. ...
Bill Roberton 17/05/2019
The 'Forth Bridge & Scottish Borders' excursion calls at Dalgety Bay on its return on 6 August. ...
Bill Roberton 06/08/2017
37685 'Loch Arkaig' brings up the rear of the 'Forth Bridge & Scottish Borders' SRPS excursion at Dalgety Bay on 18 August 2019.
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Bill Roberton 18/08/2019

This two platform halt served Donibristle Airfield which was to the south. The site of the halt was east of today's Dalgety Bay station and where the Fordell Railway passed underneath.
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44871 coasts down Donibristle Bank towards the scheduled stop at Dalgety Bay with the first of the August 'The Forth Bridge & Scottish Borders' trips ...
Bill Roberton 04/08/2019
44871 drops down Donibristle bank with the last 'Forth Bridge & Scottish Borders' SRPS excursion of the season on 25th August 2019.
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Bill Roberton 25/08/2019
A1 60163 Tornado makes light work of Donibristle bank unaided with the 'Aberdonian' on 31 August 2019.
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Bill Roberton 31/08/2019
60009 Union of South Africa climbs Donibristle bank with the SRPS excursion from Linlithgow to Aberdeen on 5 May 2019.
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Bill Roberton 05/05/2019

37685 'Loch Arkaig' brings up the rear of the 'Forth Bridge & Scottish Borders' SRPS excursion as it nears the site of Donibristle siding on 25 August ...
Bill Roberton 25/08/2019
Colas 60085 passes the former RN air station branch junction at Donibristle with Inverness - Oxwellmains cement empties, diverted through Fife. ...
Bill Roberton 01/07/2017
Behind this building, which appears to be an air-raid shelter, ran the line from Donibristle Junction to East Ness Jetty, Inverkeithing Bay, used to ...
David Panton 27/02/2009
The post in the left centre of this photograph, taken on 22 January 2011, once supported a level crossing gate and is one of the few remains of the ...
David Panton 22/01/2011

This signal box was between Donibristle Halt (just east of today's Dalgety Bay) and Aberdour. The box was on the south side of the line by Meikle Couston. There was a trailing cross over. ...

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This is a two platform station. The main station building, one storey with canopy, is on the up (southbound) platform. A small stone waiting shelter also remains on the down platform. The station is located in Aberdour itself.
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A window at the Aberdour Heritage Centre, flanked by hanging flower baskets. ...
John Yellowlees 27/07/2017
Aberdour best small station - a plaque unveiled on the 7th of December. ...
John Yellowlees 07/12/2018
44871 emerges from Aberdour Station with 'The Forth Bridge & Scottish Borders'. ...
Bill Roberton 27/08/2017
44871 climbs away from Aberdour with the SRPS 'The Forth Bridge & Scottish Borders' excursion on 20 August. 37685 was working hard on the rear. ...
Bill Roberton 20/08/2017

This was an interchange loading point with the Carron Company (Carron Iron Works) Newbigging Limestone Mine. It was west of Burntisland on the shoreline..
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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
Just west of Burntisland with a probable limekiln seen in the distant right, ...
Bill Roberton //1991
A westbound 158 passes the blocked off tunnel of the Carron Company's lime works just west of Burntisland. ...
Bill Roberton //1990


This signal box was on the north side of the railway. It opened in advance of the opening of the Burntisland Aluminium Works whose sidings were to the east. Approach to the sidings was from the east and there was a crossover, allowing trains to approach from Burntisland Harbour.
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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
A class 150 sprinter passes as the British Aluminium Co. (later Alcan) works, once a major railway user, is demolished. ...
Bill Roberton 09/09/2003

This is a two platform station which opened with the Aberdour Line (North British Railway) 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
The 1215 Edinburgh Waverley - Glenrothes with Thornton arriving at Burntisland on 14 April 2019. ...
Andy Furnevel 14/04/2019
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




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 (formerly double) runs east to Inverkeithing East Junction. The signal box here closed in 1979, being taken over by the Edinburgh Signalling Centre. The box was on the north side of the junction. ...

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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 (formerly double) runs west to Inverkeithing North Junction. The signal box here closed in 1979, being taken over by the Edinburgh Signalling Centre. The box was in the 'V' of the junction. A loop was added on the westbound line east of the ...

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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
GBRf 66742 is on the rear of an Arbroath to Millerhill ballast as it approaches Inverkeithing East Junction on 25th August 2019. 66728 leads.
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Bill Roberton 25/08/2019