Elgin Railway


This railway was until recently open to freight only to RNAD Crombie, although the sidings within the works have been lifted.

The line was also known as the Charlestown Railway and, on extension to Dunfermline, the Dunfermline and Charlestown Railway and was one of the earliest waggonways in Scotland.

For the earlier alignment see Elgin Waggonway.


  /  /1773Elgin Railway
Alternative opening date.
  /  /1799Elgin Railway
Acquired by the Earl of Elgin, line modified at southern end to serve limestone quarries, limekilns and the harbour.
  /  /1812Elgin Railway
Line re-aligned from Wellwood to Charlestown with iron edge rails.
  /  /1821Elgin Railway
Re-aligned again to avoid inclined planes, engineer; Mr {Charles Landale} ([Dundee and Newtyle Railway] engineer).
  /  /1834Elgin Railway
Branch to Netherton, Dunfermline opened, line re-named Charlestown an Dunfermline Railway and opened to passengers.
  /  /1846Aberdeen, Banff and Elgin Railway
Aberdeen, Banff and Elgin Railway proposed and later abandoned.
  /  /1850Nairn and Elgin Railway
Nairn and Elgin Railway promoted. Offered 40,000 by the [Great North of Scotland Railway] to continue to Keith.
  /  /1856Elgin Railway
Link made to Halbeith Railway
  /  /1890Elgin Railway
[Charlestown Railway]
Part of Charlestowns Inner Harbour filled in to allow extension of the Elgin Railway.

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.

Elgin Colliery to Charlestown

This junction was formed when the Charlestown and Dunfermline Railway was met by the 1866 West of Fife Railway and Harbour. Both lines were single track and the signal box (dating from 1894) was in the 'V' of the junction.

More details

Dunfermline Netherton Branch

Around the time this opened the line became the Charlestown and Dunfermline Railway.

This footpath, parallel to Abington Road in Dunfermline, was the course of the Elgin Railway line to Nethertown Station, finally closed in 1959. ...
Bill Roberton 15/06/2016
The route of the Netherton Branch of the Elgin Railway looking westwards away from Dunfermline on 23 September 2006. The trees at the end of the path ...
Mark Poustie 23/09/2006
Looking west over the former level crossing on the Netherton Branch of the Elgin Railway in Limekilns Road, Dunfermline. The footpath roughly follows ...
Mark Poustie 23/09/2006