Dunfermline and Queensferry Railway

Introduction

This line is open. From Charlestown Junction (Dunfermline) south to Inverkeithing South Junction it is in regular use. South of this it provides the first part of the line to Rosyth Dockyard.






Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Dunfermline to Queensferry

1877 and included the opening of Dunfermline Lower.

An SPT-liveried 170 approaches Charlestown Junction with Dunfermline^s skyline in the background.  A south to west chord has been proposed here, ...
Bill Roberton 16/08/2010
20137+20119 with a train from RNAD Crombie approaching Charlestown Junction in 1991, with the formerly rail-served gas works in the background.
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Bill Roberton //1991
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This is a two platform station. It was notable for the street level ticket office on brick piers, accessed from the pavement by a footbridge. Sadly this was demolished in 1999.
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The first SRPS ^The Forth Bridge & Scottish Borders^ of August nears Rosyth behind Black Five 45407. ...
Bill Roberton 12/05/2017
67016 nears Rosyth with the SRPS empty stock from Thornton Yard to Bo^ness, having formed the previous day^s excursion to Scarborough. 11 June. ...
Bill Roberton 11/06/2017
LNER 43367 leads the 07.55 Inverness - Kings Cross towards Rosyth, diverted through Fife because of the Stirling blockade on 15th October 2018.
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Bill Roberton 15/10/2018
West Coast 47832 nears Rosyth with a Thornton Yard - Bo^ness empty stock working from the previous day^s Liverpool excursion. 47854 is on the rear. ...
Bill Roberton 12/06/2016
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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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Aberdour Line (North British 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 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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Aberdour Line (North British 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
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
37516 hauls the empty stock from the previous day^s SRPS Inverurie - Oban trip back to Bo^ness from Aberdeen past Inverkeithing Central junction on 15 ...
Bill Roberton 15/09/2013
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This is a two platform station. The station still has a traditional North British Railway building on the southbound platform. The northbound platform has a modern station building with the ticket office and a car park.
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Inverkeithing 30 April 2017. ...
John Yellowlees 30/04/2017
Freightliner 66597 and 66952 pass through Inverkeithing Station with a Millerhill - Keith concrete sleeper train on Sunday 8th 2017 October.
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Bill Roberton 08/10/2017
Portrait of 158728 at the Up platform in Inverkeithing on 22 June 2017. ...
Bill Roberton 22/06/2017
A service for Glenrothes via Kirkcaldy calls at Inverkeithing on 18 July 2018. ...
David Panton 18/07/2018
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This junction is south of Inverkeithing station. Lines to the Forth Bridge and Rosyth Dockyard divide here. The signal box here closed in 1972, control being taken over by Inverkeithing Central Junction signal box.
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Forth Bridge Railway
Class J35 0-6-0 64505 approaching Inverkeithing on 22 March 1961 with a late afternoon service from Rosyth dockyard. [Ref query 27 February 2019] The ...
David Murray-Smith 22/03/1961
66743 passes Inverkeithing South Junction with the Royal Scotsman from Edinburgh to Keith on 16 April. ...
Bill Roberton 16/04/2018
Taken from a footbridge, looking towards the road bridge carrying King street and the Fife Coastal path over the Rosyth Dockyard Branch. The junction ...
Alan Cormack 27/12/2018
170 477 embarks on the climb form Inverkeithing station to the Forth
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David Panton 22/01/2011
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This station was to the south of Inverkeithing South Junction. It was the original station in Inverkeithing. It had a single platform and passing loop. Sidings were on the west side, approached from the north. A signal box opened with the station.
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A pair of class 101 units pass the site of Inverkeithing (1st) station with a Navy Day shuttle to Rosyth Dockyard. The Dunfermline & Queensferry ...
Bill Roberton //1985
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A former paper mill owned by the Caldwell Paper Company and the Inveresk Paper Company after 1928. It was located on the north shore of the Inner Bay, Inverkeithing,
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The former rail-served paper mill alongside the Rosyth Dockyard branch at Inverkeithing in January 2010. For generations rail travellers have looked ...
David Panton 30/01/2010
The formerly rail-served Caldwells/Inveresk Paper Mill at Inverkeithing succumbs to demolition after years of arson and scrap theft. At the extreme ...
Bill Roberton 05/03/2012
Above - a ScotRail 170 unit passes the doomed chimneys of the Caldwells/Inveresk paper mill at Inverkeithing on 12 August 2012.
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Bill Roberton 12/08/2012
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This scrap and shipbreaking yard is operated by Robertson Metals Recycling, formerly R & M Supplies, formerly Thos W Ward. Many vessels have been scrapped her including HMS Dreadnought and RMS Mauretania.
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Part of the large T W Ward scrapyard at Inverkeithing in 1988, with one of the two John Fowler 0-4-0DM shunters that operated on the site. ...
Grant Robertson //1988
Withdrawn Cemflos being cut up in the yard of T W Ward, Inverkeithing, in 1988. ...
Grant Robertson //1988
Work in progress in the yard of T W Ward, Inverkeithing, in 1988. Many steam locomotives were cut up here in the 1960s, including several Britannia ...
Grant Robertson //1988
View from a passing train of the R & M Supplies (formerly T W Ward) scrapyard at Inverkeithing Bay. In the foreground is the Rosyth Dockyard branch. ...
Bill Roberton //1989
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The overbridge on the Rosyth Dockyard branch, situated just to the
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David Panton 16/01/2011
The loop and former scrap siding (lifted) at Naval Base Junction. ...
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Naval Base North groundframe, controlling access to the north end of loop on the line from Inverkeithing South Junction to Rosyth Dockyard. ...
David Panton 12/04/2009
The line serving North Queensferry^s first station and pier gained a junction when the Rosyth Naval Base opened in Edwardian times and this is the ...
David Panton 22/02/2009
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This was the terminus of the Dunfermline and Queensferry Railway at the Queensferry railway pier, immediately west of the town pier.
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The first North Queensferry station found itself redundant when the Forth Bridge opened in 1890 and the station closed that year. Whether it closed ...
David Panton 25/11/2019
Looking across the Firth of Forth to South Queensferry pier from the North Queensferry pier. NB these railway piers only operated as such between 1878 ...
Brian Forbes /08/2007
The southern portal of the original North Queensferry tunnel. The station and goods yard was in the foreground and ran behind the camera to the ...
Ewan Crawford //1996
A class 170 heads into Fife over the Forth Bridge, seen from the approach road to North Queensferry (Old) station, on 3 October 2012. ...
Bill Roberton 03/10/2012
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Touch Curve

Opened for Forth Bridge in 1890.

This was the northern end of a curve opened 1890 with the Forth Bridge to allow a Edinburgh Waverley - Stirling service via Oakley in addition to other services.
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Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway)


This junction opened in 1890 with the Forth Bridge to allow a Edinburgh Waverley - Stirling service via Oakley. The north end of the new curve was at Touch North Junction.
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West of Fife Railway and Harbour
Memories of Touch South Junction. This plate is on a bridge between Dunfermline Town and Dunfermline Queen Margaret. ...
John Yellowlees 17/05/2019
Colas 56087 coasting downhill from the former Touch South Junction, Dunfermline, with the 6N72 Linkswood - Grangemouth empty tanks on 19 March ...
Bill Roberton 19/03/2014
158 725 with a Fife Outer Circle service passes the site of Touch South Junction on 11 December 2008. This is the point where the direct line from the ...
Bill Roberton 11/12/2008
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