Leslie Railway

Introduction

This line is closed, although a portion remains, out of use, between Markinch and the Auchmuty Paper Mills. It is likely this section will be closed and lifted. It is possible the closed route will become a cycleway.






Dates

  /  /1857[Leslie Railway]
Act receives Royal assent
  /  /1872[Leslie Railway]
[North British Railway]
Leslie Railway absorbed by North British Railway.
02/01/1932Leslie Railway
Leslie to Markinch closed to passengers.
04/01/1932[Leslie Railway]
Leslie to Markinch closed to passengers.
09/10/1967[Leslie Railway]
Leslie to Auchmuty Junction closed to freight

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This is a two platform station. To the south was the junction for the Leslie Railway. ...

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A 4-car 158 calls at Markinch on 10 October 2018 with a Perth to Edinburgh service. The signage announcing this as the stop for Glenrothes went when ...
David Panton 10/10/2018
The rear of 158728 departs Markinch with a service to Perth. ...
Caleb Abbott 12/05/2018
View south over the new building at Markinch on 20 September. ...
John Furnevel 20/9/2007
Construction work on the new interchange at Markinch in July 2007, photographed looking west over the site. At this stage the project was several ...
John Furnevel 22/07/2007

This junction was between the Leslie Railway and its Auchmuty Paper Mill branch, both single track lines. It was located to the west of Markinch.
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Base of an old signal post at Auchmuty Junction, Glenrothes, on the former Leslie branch. Photographed on 29 January 2011. [See image 32587]
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David Panton 29/01/2011
The Leslie branch remained open for goods until 1967, long enough for much of Glenrothes New Town to be built round it and for the line to be bridged ...
David Panton 29/01/2011
This appears to have been the site of the signal box at Auchmuty
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David Panton 29/01/2011
Although most of the Leslie branch runs through what is now Glenrothes, that town wasn't thought of even when the line closed to passengers in 1932, ...
David Panton 29/01/2011

This was a single platform terminus.
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Looking east at Leslie in 1966 along the line serving Fettykil Paper Mill, with the east sidings of Leslie goods yard at a slightly higher level on ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //1966
The site of Leslie Station looking west in 1997. Much of the former railway land has now been given over to housing, although part of the old goods ...
Ewan Crawford //1997
J38 no 65921 shunting at Leslie, Fife, in the mid sixties. ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //1966
J38 0-6-0 no 65915 shunting the yard at Leslie after bringing in the freight from Thornton in 1966. The Leslie branch closed to all traffic a year ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //1966