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.


  /  /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 Harbour with iron edge rails.
  /  /1821Elgin Railway
Re-aligned again to avoid inclined planes, engineer; Mr Charles Landale (later the Dundee and Newtyle Railway engineer).
26/05/1826Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Act receives Royal assent, engineer Charles Landale (previously engineer to the Elgin Railway).
  /  /1834Elgin Railway
Branch to Dunfermline Netherton opened, line re-named Charlestown and Dunfermline Railway and opened to passengers.
  /  /1853Victor Alexander, Lord Elgin
Succeeds to the title, Trustees of the estate sell the Elgin Railway and Charlestown Harbour and let out the lime and coal business.
  /  /1856Elgin Railway Halbeath Railway Townhill Waggonway
The Townhill Waggonway links the Elgin Railway to the Halbeath 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

See also
West of Fife Railway and Harbour
Kincardine and Dunfermline Railway (North British Railway)

This view looks down the footpath which follows the former incline from the 1834 passenger station adjacent to Camsie House, the former Elgin Hotel, ...
Mark Poustie 21/09/
Camsie House, the former Elgin Hotel. The 1834 passenger station was to the left in the trees behind the car and there was an incline down to the ...
Mark Poustie 28/09/2020
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Dunfermline Netherton Branch

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

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
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