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.



Dates

02/06/1890Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
Aberdour opened.
  /05/1964Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
Aberdour closed to goods.
  /05/1997Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
MJ Gleeson PLC awarded the contract to build the £1.7M Dalgety Bay station.
  /03/1998Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
Dalgety Bay station opened. It cost £1.5 million.
  /02/2011Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
Railway Heritage Trust makes contribution to the costs of renovation of the former signal box to become at small cafe and exhibition area.

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. The reverse curves travelled by a train following the main line betray that the original route here was from Dunfermline to Queensferry.
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Dunfermline and Queensferry Railway
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
Inverkeithing Central Junction signalbox, and associated semaphore signals, seen in 1974.
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Bill Roberton //1974
60085 passes Inverkeithing Central Junction with Aberdeen - Oxwellmains cement empties on 21 June. ...
Bill Roberton 21/06/2017
47790 leads the ^Northern Belle^ past Inverkeithing Central Junction. 47832 Solway Princess brought up the rear. ...
Bill Roberton 04/07/2011
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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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GBRf 66746 draws away from Inverkeithing East Junction with the Royal Scotsman ^Scotland Classic Splendours^ first leg from Edinburgh to Aviemore ...
Bill Roberton 14/09/2020
GBRf 66746 draws away from Inverkeithing East Junction with the Royal Scotsman ^Scotland Classic Splendours^ first leg from Edinburgh to Aviemore ...
Bill Roberton 14/09/2020
The New Measurement Train, powered by 43062 and LNER-liveried 43299 on the rear, nears Inverkeithing East Junction on its way to Aberdeen on 30 March ...
Bill Roberton 30/03/2021
The Network Rail New Measurement Train climbs away from Inverkeithing East Junction, with an Edinburgh - Aberdeen - Slateford working, on 2nd March ...
Bill Roberton 02/03/2021
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Freightliner 66955 has just passed through Dalgety Bay, with a RILA scanner trip, returning to Millerhill from Aberdeen on 5 May 2021.
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Bill Roberton 05/05/2021
Freightliner 66513, with 66514 on the rear, nears Dalgety Bay with a Montrose - Millerhill ballast on 15 November 2020.
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Bill Roberton 15/11/2020
GBRf 66770 leads a Laurencekirk to Millerhill ballast through Dalgety Bay with 66706 on the rear. 11 April 2021.
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Bill Roberton 11/04/2021
Azuma 800103 nears Dalgety Bay with the 14.52 LNER service from Aberdeen to York on 22nd March 2021.
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Bill Roberton 22/03/2021
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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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66529 leans into the curve at Donibristle with a Laurencekirk - Millerhill ballast. 66525 is on the rear on a dreich 13 December 2020.
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Bill Roberton 13/12/2020
Bringing up the rear on a Network Rail measurement train is Colas liveried 37254 ^Cardiff Canton^ as 37025 climbs a foggy Donibristle bank heading ...
Bill Roberton 29/11/2020
GBRf 66767 (unnamed) and 66745 ^Modern Railways The First 50 Years^ pass Donibristle with a Laurencekirk to Millerhill spent ballast working on 28 ...
Bill Roberton 28/03/2021
Azuma 800107, forming the 07.08 from Leeds to Aberdeen, climbs Donibristle bank on the first day of operations through Carmont, 3rd November 2020.
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Bill Roberton 03/11/2020
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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
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
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
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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 Fife Circle service calls at Aberdour on 29th July 2020. ...
David Panton 29/07/2020
In the late 1990s Haymarket shed held on to a few first generation DMUs to meet demand at peak times. On 17 June 1997 a Class 117 is seen at Aberdour ...
David Panton 17/06/1997
37667 leads 37521 through Aberdour with LSL^s charter from Dingwall (previously Thurso) to Corbridge on 11 May 2021. The train then ran empty back to ...
Bill Roberton 11/05/2021
66746 nears Aberdour with the first ^Classic^ Royal Scotsman tour of the year on 24 May 2021.
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Bill Roberton 24/05/2021
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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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Just west of Burntisland with a probable limekiln seen in the distant right, ...
Bill Roberton //1991
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
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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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BACo No.3 (Andrew Barclay 2046 of 1937) inside her shed at Burntisland Aluminium Works in 1984, more than a decade after her last working. After many ...
Bill Roberton //1984
The British Aluminium Company^s sidings at Burntisland in 1983, after cessation of rail traffic. The track had been partly covered to allow access for ...
Bill Roberton //1983
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
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
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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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A series of photographs taken on a research visit in September 2020.
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Ian Dinmore 16/09/2020
A series of photographs taken on a research visit in September 2020.
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Ian Dinmore 16/09/2020
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
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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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Dunfermline and Queensferry Railway
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
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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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GBRf 66746 draws away from Inverkeithing East Junction with the Royal Scotsman ^Scotland Classic Splendours^ first leg from Edinburgh to Aviemore ...
Bill Roberton 14/09/2020
GBRf 66746 draws away from Inverkeithing East Junction with the Royal Scotsman ^Scotland Classic Splendours^ first leg from Edinburgh to Aviemore ...
Bill Roberton 14/09/2020
The New Measurement Train, powered by 43062 and LNER-liveried 43299 on the rear, nears Inverkeithing East Junction on its way to Aberdeen on 30 March ...
Bill Roberton 30/03/2021
The Network Rail New Measurement Train climbs away from Inverkeithing East Junction, with an Edinburgh - Aberdeen - Slateford working, on 2nd March ...
Bill Roberton 02/03/2021
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