Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway)

Introduction

This line is open except through Cowdenbeath, the newer loop line is in use and the original route has been converted into a footpath, and the original terminus at Dunfermline Upper.






Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This is a four way junction. To the north the main line north to Ladybank runs north and the mothballed branch to Cameron Bridge, and formerly Leven, runs off to the north east. To the south the Dunfermline Branch leaves the main line south to Burntisland.
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Looking west at Thornton North Junction at the beginning of the branch to Leven - out of use since the 1990s, but now being mooted for re-commencement ...
David Spaven 01/09/2011



This is a two platform station.
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DRS 47853 passes Glenrothes with Thornton on 7 June with the late-running Compass Tours Highland Clansman from Middlesbrough to Aviemore, which ...
Bill Roberton 07/06/2014
Exorcist style lighting at Glenrothes with Thornton. ...
Ewan Crawford //
Super Sprinter 158732, waiting to leave Glenrothes with Thornton on the 09.22 to Edinburgh Waverley on 12th October 2017. ...
Gordon Steel 12/10/2017
View east over a deserted Glenrothes with Thornton station on a quiet Wednesday in May 2005. ...
John Furnevel 04/05/2005

Thornton Junction Shed relocated from within the triangular junction to west of Thornton West Junction. The new shed was a larger site, located to the south of the line and approached from the east.
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Steam in the shadows, on shed at Thornton Junction in the summer of 1966. Class J38 0-6-0 no 65931 is standing on the left. The locomotive was ...
K A Gray //1966
J37 0-6-0 64569 stabled in the shed yard at Thornton Junction in the summer of 1966. ...
K A Gray //1966
A pair of B1s in the shed yard at Thornton in the summer of 1966, with 61148 nearest the camera. ...
K A Gray //1966
J38 0-6-0 no 65922 in the shed yard at Thornton Junction in the summer of 1966. ...
K A Gray //1966

On the approach to Redford Junction from the east. Heading for Westfield. View from the embankment of the old lines serving the closed Thornton ...
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A 66 waiting by the marsh and amongst the tall telegraph poles at Redford Junction. View looks west and the former Thornton Colliery lines are to the ...
Ewan Crawford //
Looking south from the Strathore Road bridge towards Thornton Depot on 21 October 2014, with the disused Westfield branch barely visible through the ...
Bill Roberton 21/10/2014


This is a two platform station with slightly staggered platforms. A lattice footbridge survived and there are modern glazed shelters, the larger on the up (Edinburgh) bound platform.
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Cardenden Station taken from Fife Circle dmu ...
Gordon Steel 12/10/2017
View north east over Cardenden on 21 July 2014 as 170427 arrives with a Fife Inner Circle service to Edinburgh. ...
Bill Roberton 21/07/2014
West Coast 37516+37685 pass through Cardenden on 21 July with the Royal Scotsman from Edinburgh to Keith.
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Bill Roberton 21/07/2014
As with Ladybank, the name devised by the Edinburgh &
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David Panton 04/09/2010

Looking south east along the Bowhill branch towards Glencraig Junction on 17 May 1991. A class 150 unit is passing on a Fife Circle service between ...
Bill Roberton 17/05/1991

This is a two platform station to the north of the town of Lochgelly. The platform are slightly staggered, the eastbound one being slightly to the west of the westbound.
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A particularly fine barrel-train on the platform at Lochgelly in October 2014. This example is looked after by the Benarty Regeneration Action Group ...
John Yellowlees 07/10/2014
Lochgelly station. ...
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A train for Haymarket leaves Lochgelly on 7 September. ...
Bill Roberton 97/09/2007
117 308 for Edinburgh seen at Lochgelly in May 1999. ...
David Panton /05/1999

The 'Mary' Pit opened in 1904, so the box here must have served a siding associated with construction of the pit before it opened. In 1900 the box was renamed and in 1901 the box was replaced in connection with the opening of the double track curve to Lumphinnans North Junction. ...

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This was originally the junction for the Kinross-shire Railway, opened 1860, with the Dunfermline Branch of the Edinburgh and Northern Railway.
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60103 passes the site of Lumphinnans Central Junction with the first 'The Cathedrals Express' trip from Edinburgh to Fife. ...
Bill Roberton 20/05/2018
GBRf 66728 Institution of Railway Operators brings up the rear of a North East Railtours excursion from Newcastle to Inverness as it passes the ...
Bill Roberton 07/05/2018
47760 brings up the rear of 'The Cathedrals Express' circuit of Fife, as 60103 heads for Cowdenbeath from Lumphinnans. ...
Bill Roberton 20/05/2018
37685+37516 near the former Lumphinnans Central Junction on 28 April with the Royal Scotsman from Edinburgh to Keith. ...
Bill Roberton 28/04/2014


This was a two platform station with a goods yard on the west (down) side of the line accessed from the north. Cowdenbeath Pit No 3 was located just to the north of the goods yard. The goods yard is now a car park.
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A 3-car class 101 DMU stands near the site of the 1848 Cowdenbeath (Old) station, closed to passengers in March 1919. View is south towards the bridge ...
Bill Roberton 28/08/1976
View north at Cowdenbeath (Old) during the BLS railtour of 28 August 1976. Photograph showing the Dora opencast loading pad and the now-buried tunnel ...
Bill Roberton 28/08/1976

Cowdenbeath South was where the deviation to Cowdenbeath New (the
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David Panton 14/04/2010

This two platform station was to the east of a cutting. The main station building was on the westbound platform and there waiting rooms at the west end of both platforms. A small goods yard was on the north side, approached from the east which served the small Mossend Iron Foundry.
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This was a two platform station bounded by a level crossing to the east and Townhill Yard to the west. The station building on the former eastbound platform remains, despite closure of the station in 1930.
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Britannia Steam Pacific no 70013 Oliver Cromwell about to run over Halbeath level crossing on 18 April 2010 with the SRPS Forth Circle ...
Brian Forbes 18/04/2010
DRS 47813 Solent draws away from Halbeath level crossing on 3 August with the Kings Cross - Leuchars Northern Belle. 47832 Galloway ...
Bill Roberton 03/08/2013
47832 Galloway Princess brings up the rear of the London Kings Cross - Leuchars Northern Belle, as it draws away from Halbeath level ...
Bill Roberton 03/08/2013
Freightliner Heavy Haul have a short term contract to move imported coal from Leith Docks to Longannet Power Station thrice-daily, via Dunfermline and ...
Bill Roberton 28/06/2011

66021 takes a train of empties out of Halbeath sidings and heads south for the Forth Bridge in June 2006. ...
John Furnevel /06/2006
150258 passes the future site of Dunfermline Queen Margaret Station in April 1992. On the right is the stump of the Dunfermline Upper/Kincardine ...
Bill Roberton 15/04/1992


This was a station with two main through platforms, the north of which was an island with a second face. At the west end was a bay on the south side.
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Stirling and Dunfermline line now a walkway east of Dunfermline Upper. This view looks east to Touch North Junction. ...
John Yellowlees 10/03/2017
Looking east over Dunfermline Upper Station in December 1973, looking largely intact. ...
Bill Roberton /12/1973
107 444 pauses at Dunfermline Upper with the Tayforth Venturer on 16th June 1984. This was a comprehensive tour starting from, and returning to, ...
Douglas McPherson 16/06/1984
Looking east from Inglis Street over the site of Dunfermline Upper station, now a retail park. Only the concrete retaining wall remains. 27 March. ...
Bill Roberton 27/03/2016