This important branch ran from Thornton Junction to Dunfermline Upper. Today it forms the northern part of the Fife Circle and carries a regular service.
The original line is open except through Cowdenbeath and the western end at Dunfermline Upper.
|13/12/1849||Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway)|
Dunfermline Branch opened from Thornton Junction to Dunfermline. Stations opened at Halbeath.
|/ /1850||Fordell RailwayDunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway)|
Link from Fordell Railway to Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway) opened.
|/ /1880||Alice pit|
Sunk next to the Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway) by Fordell Estate at Hill of Beath
|01/01/1917||Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway)|
Sinclairtown, Halbeath, Kingskettle closed.
|01/05/1919||Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway)|
Sinclairtown, Halbeath, Kingskettle re-opened.
|22/09/1930||Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway)|
Halbeath station closed.
|24/09/1949||Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway)|
Crossgates closed to passengers.
|/ /1992||Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway)|
Glenrothes with Thornton opened.
This line is divided into a number of portions.
Opened in 1848.
This is a four way junction. To the north the main line runs north to Ladybank and the mothballed branch to Cameron Bridge, (and formerly Leven [2nd] and the Fife Coast railway to St Andrews [2nd]), runs off to the north east. To the south the Dunfermline Branch heads west from the main line which runs south to Burntisland, (the Forth Bridge and [[Edinburgh ...More details
This is the junction between the single track lines from Thornton North Junction and Thornton South Junction. It is west of Glenrothes with Thornton station and replaced Thornton West Junction [1st].
This is a modern two platform station. On the north side is the station car park, once the site of sidings approached by reversal from Thornton West Junction [1st].
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.
Redford Siding existed prior to 1913. In 1913 the Lochore and Redford Extension (North British Railway) extended the Kinglassie Colliery line to Redford (to create a loop from Kelty). This crossed the Redford Siding which was connected to the new line instead of continuing to make its own collection. Redford Junction was to the east of the original connection.
This signal box was located between the later Clunybridge Junction to the west and Redford Siding to the east. The box was on the south side of the line and there was a trailing cross over. It opened in 1899. It was later known as Dogton Colliery. The colliery did not develop (unlike the earlier Brandies Pit near the Clunie Coal Siding and later largely unsuccessful [[Rothes ...More details
This junction is the western approach to Thornton Yard. It was a double track junction leading to the down arrival sidings and up departure sidings. The signal box was on the north side of the junction (it closed in 1981 as part of the Edinburgh Signalling Centre. The junction was rationalised and is now a single lead junction.
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.
This junction was west of Cardenden. To the north were Glencraig Colliery, Bowhill Colliery and Minto Colliery and to the south was Lady Helen Colliery. The northern mines were approached from the east and the Lady Helen Colliery from the west.
This junction was where the line from Lochgelly Iron Works and colliery met the Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway) at a reversing spur on the south side of the line. Just to the west the private Lochgelly Iron and Coal Company line passed under the railway before running north to the Lochgelly Iron Works and Lochgelly Colliery Nellie Pit.
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.
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 1902 double track curve to Lumphinnans North Junction. This provided an eastern exit for trains from Kelty.
This junction opened in 1894 with the opened of the Kirkcaldy District Railway (North British Railway). It met the existing former Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway). Access to the new line was from the south.
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.
This junction was south of Cowdenbeath station. It opened in 1890 with Kelty to Cowdenbeath (North British Railway), one of the improvements of the Edinburgh to Perth route built for the opening of the Forth Bridge.
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. The signal box was on the westbound platform and closed in 1927.
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.
The 1866 West of Fife Railway and Harbour, for Charlestown, met the 1849 Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway) at this junction. The location was just west of the Townhill Tramway route and Halbeath. Approach to the Charlestown line was from the east, the line running south west. The Dunfermline and Queensferry to the line to North Queensferry [1st] ...More details
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.
This junction was created in 1878 when the North British Railway opened a curve between Thornton West Junction [1st] on the Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway) and the main line of the Edinburgh and Northern Railway.