Leven Extension Railway (Wemyss and Buckhaven Railway)

Introduction

This short line extended the Wemyss and Buckhaven Railway to Methil, which was fast becoming the chief coal exporting port in the Wemyss Estate. To the north it met the Leven Railway. In particular the line served the new Methil Dock No 1, equipped with coal hoists, from both north and south.






Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Buckhaven to Methil

The line was extended north east from Buckhaven to carry passengers, goods and minerals to Methil.

This was a single platform station, originally a terminus approached from the west, from Thornton Junction. The platform was on the south side of the line, the town side. The line was extended east to Methil in 1887.
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Wemyss and Buckhaven Railway
Looking west from College Street, Buckhaven, over the course of the Wemyss and Buckhaven Railway^s Leven Extension. The route is clearly followed by ...
Bill Roberton 28/04/2018
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This junction was to the south west of Methil station. The layout was altered on several occasions and the track layout was complex.
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Kirkland Yard and Leven Dock to Methil Line Widening (North British Railway)
WPR No.19 (Andrew Barclay No. 2067/1939) hoists another rake of mineral wagons away from the BR exchange sidings near Methil West box on 22 August ...
Bill Jamieson 22/08/1969
WPR No 19 at Methil, 1970. Bell^s box (WPR) and Methil West box behind. ...
John Furnevel 17/02/1970
WPR locomotives at Methil, 1970. Bell^s box to the right. View looking west. ...
John Furnevel 17/02/1970
Wemyss Private Railway No. 19 (Andrew Barclay No. 2067/1939) passes Methil West box with a rake of mineral wagons from the BR exchange sidings on 22 ...
Bill Jamieson 22/08/1969
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This was a single platform terminus station. The station building still exists, in use as an office for a road haulage depot.
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Methil station and yard looking north in 1992. The passenger platform was on the other side of the station building ...
Bill Roberton //1992
Demolition of an adjacent building has opened up a view of the facade of Methil Station. ...
Bill Roberton 14/01/2017
26040 in Barclay^s yard at the former Methil terminus and yard shortly before the move to Whitrope Siding. ...
Jeffray Wotherspoon 05/03/2016
The former station at Methil in 1996, looking towards the buffer stops see image 7419. ...
Ewan Crawford //1996
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Methil to Leven

A minerals and goods line sidestepped the east side of Methil station continuing north to serve docks and meet the existing Leven Dock Railway, creating a circular loop out from Thornton passing through Methil Docks.

This junction was to the south west of Methil station. The layout was altered on several occasions and the track layout was complex.
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Kirkland Yard and Leven Dock to Methil Line Widening (North British Railway)
WPR No.19 (Andrew Barclay No. 2067/1939) hoists another rake of mineral wagons away from the BR exchange sidings near Methil West box on 22 August ...
Bill Jamieson 22/08/1969
WPR No 19 at Methil, 1970. Bell^s box (WPR) and Methil West box behind. ...
John Furnevel 17/02/1970
WPR locomotives at Methil, 1970. Bell^s box to the right. View looking west. ...
John Furnevel 17/02/1970
Wemyss Private Railway No. 19 (Andrew Barclay No. 2067/1939) passes Methil West box with a rake of mineral wagons from the BR exchange sidings on 22 ...
Bill Jamieson 22/08/1969
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This yard, associated with the Methil Docks, was laid out to the south of Methil passenger station. There were three main layouts, each associated with the opening of a dock.
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This dock was built for the export of coal. It had three coal hoists, one approached by rail from the south (on the west side), two approached from the north (one on the west side one at the north end) and a rail served quayside on the east side.
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Lochs, and lakes, water
Kirkland Yard and Leven Dock to Methil Line Widening (North British Railway)
An isolated portion of embedded track at Methil Docks Gate 2 level crossing, seen on 26th September 2020. This spur led to a coal merchant at the ...
Bill Roberton 26/09/2020
Looking towards Methil Docks along the disused rail connection in 1994. ...
Bill Roberton //1994
Disused sidings at Methil Docks in 1989. ...
Bill Roberton //1989
Hopelessly out of date road sign still standing at Methil on 13 September 2008. Not only has the track long gone, but resurfacing has removed any ...
David Panton 13/09/2008
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This junction, actually at Levenmouth, was formed in 1914 during the works to open Methil Dock No 3. Kirkland Yard was laid out to the west, a great improvement on the single track line from the Kirkland Siding reversing spur in Leven. A quadruple track was laid from the yard to Methil East Junction where there were sidings on the site of the Leven Dock and a new quadruple track ...

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Leven Dock Railway
Kirkland Yard and Leven Dock to Methil Line Widening (North British Railway)
The remains of the rail route into Methil Docks seen looking east from the A955 road bridge in the summer of 2007. The abandoned and overgrown former ...
John Furnevel 26/07/2007
37694 leaves Methil Power Station with empty coal wagons on 16th September 1992. The former docks line curves away to the right.
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Bill Roberton 16/09/1992
37696 leaves Methil Power Station with empties. The line to the right led to the docks. ...
Bill Roberton //1992
37694 passes the River Leven with empty coal wagons from Methil Power Station on 16 September 1992.
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Bill Roberton 16/09/1992
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