East of Fife Railway


This line closed in 1966 (with the exception of Leven [2nd] station). It opened in 1857, extending the Leven Railway east from Leven to Kilconquhar. In Leven the original terminus Leven [1st] was replaced by a through station, Leven [2nd], located further east.

The line merged with the Leven Railway to became the Leven and East of Fife Railway in 1861, being extended to Anstruther [1st]. It became part of the Fife Coast Line in 1883 when the Anstruther and St Andrews Railway joined railways in the north and south of the east of Fife.

The last portion of the line in use was in Leven, reaching Leven [2nd] from the west, closed in 1969.

An almost entirely single track and scenic line, popular with tourists, it is missed.

The largest structure on the route was the Largo Viaduct, which still stands.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This was the original terminus of the Leven Railway. It was just west of Leven [2nd] which replaced it when the line was extended east by the East of Fife Railway to Kilconquhar.

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Leven Railway
Leven Dock Railway
The view east to the site of the first Leven station, later the goods yard, in 2008. On the right was the reversing spur used to reach Leven Dock and ...
Ewan Crawford 04/01/2008
View west along the course of the Leven branch in July 2013, now the access road to the KFRPS^s Methil site. ...
Bill Roberton 06/07/2013
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This was a two platform station on a double track, previously a loop. The station replaced Leven [1st] to the west which became a goods yard when the Leven Railway was extended east from an end on junction by the East of Fife Railway. The line was doubled in 1910.

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The Station Hotel, on Station Road, seen from Station Court, Leven. All that^s missing is the station ... The fencing looks to be a survival but the ...
Bill Roberton 28/04/2018
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This was a single platform station with the platform on the north side of a single track line. There was a goods station at the west end, served from the west.

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The derelict station at Lundin Links in August 1969, almost four years after closure. Taken from the north side of the station looking east towards ...
Bill Jamieson /08/1969
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This is a disused single track four arch masonryt viaduct. It is 264 ft long overall and 53 ft high.

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The East of Fife Railway viaduct at Largo in June 2009. ...
Brian Forbes 26/06/2009
The Fife coastal village of Largo was served by the railway that ran from Thornton Junction to St Andrews. The line was a victim of the Beeching cuts, ...
John Gray 30/07/2013
Viaduct and Railway Inn, Station Wynd, Largo. ...
Brian Forbes 16/09/2007
The East of Fife Railway viaduct at Lower Largo, Fife, photographed looking north along Harbour Wynd in September 2009. The line across the viaduct ...
John Furnevel 03/09/2010
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This was a two platform station immediately east of the Largo Viaduct. The main station building was on the westbound platform. A goods line ran round the north of the eastbound line and there was a goods yard to the north served from the east. The original signal box was east of the main station building.

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This station was built to a design commonly used on this line. A loop, with a passenger platform on one side (north) and a loading bank (south) which was an island served on both sides. A siding to the south was served from the east. Unlike most of the other stations it was not altered from this. There was a level crossing at the west end.

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Leven and East of Fife Railway
The old station building at Kilconquhar in July 2007 looking south from the A917 road. ...
John Furnevel 26/7/2007
View east along the single platform at Kilconquhar looking towards Elie in 1996. Opened by the East of Fife Railway in 1857 this was the terminus of ...
Ewan Crawford //1996
The charmingly pronounced (^Kinyucher^) Kilconquhar station seen from a train shortly before 6 September 1964, the date of the withdrawal of passenger ...
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) /09/1964
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