Charlestown Railway


The Charlestown Railway was originally the Elgin Railway, partly realigned and improved, particularly with a long curved deviation to the west of Charlestown itself and a station at the harbour.


  /  /1810[Charlestown Railway]
Earl Thomas builds a three arch viaduct to allow trains to reach the harbour. 2 stationary engines also installed.
  /  /1834[Charlestown Railway]
Earl Thomas introduces horse drawn omnibus on railway which can take 50 passengers. First station at Charlestown opened by Camsie House on what is presently the cricket ground.
  /  /1859[Charlestown Railway]
Act receives Royal ascent.
01/08/1861[West of Fife Mineral Railway][Charlestown Railway] and Harbour CompanyWest of Fife Railway and Harbour Company
West of Fife Mineral Railway merged with Charlestown Railway to create the West of Fife Railway and Harbour Company.
  /  /1866[Charlestown Railway]
Part abandoned.
  /  /1890Elgin Railway
[Charlestown Railway]
Part of Charlestowns Inner Harbour filled in to allow extension of the Elgin Railway.
01/09/1894[Charlestown Railway]
Re-built line opened.
01/11/1926[Charlestown Railway]
Charlestown to Dunfermline (Elbowbend Junction) closed to passengers.
01/11/1926[Charlestown Railway]
Dunfermline (Elbowbend Junction) to Charlestown closed to passengers.
24/02/1964[Charlestown Railway]
Charlestown to Crombie RNAD Siding closed to freight.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

37240 backs a train into the MoD yard at RNAD Crombie on 24 March 1993. ...
Bill Roberton 24/03/1993
What is obviously a very important van heading along the Crombie branch towards Elbowend Junction on 30 April 1990. 26010 (destined for the Whitrope ...
Bill Roberton 30/04/1990

The site of Braeside Halt looking in direction of Elbowend Junction. Some degree of vegetation clearance has taken place here although there has also ...
Mark Poustie 10/04/2016

Braeside Junction with line to Crombie diverging to the left; line to Elbowend Junction diverging to the right with site of Braeside Halt under the ...
Mark Poustie 10/04/2016
37240 has turned south off the Dunfermline - Kincardine line at Elbowend Junction and is now approaching Braeside Junction with a freight destined for ...
Bill Roberton /01/1993
Braeside Junction in 1992, the year before the last trains ran.

Bill Roberton //1992
The Charlestown line comes to an abrupt end behind houses in Charlestown but accessible via a footpath. This view shows the buffer at the end of the ...
Ewan Crawford //1996