Leven Railway

Introduction

This line is closed but track remains, in deteriorated condition, except at the eastern terminus in Leven. The last use of the line was for coal slurry freight trains to the now demolished Methil Power Station and the Levenseat Loading Pad at the west end. The Kingdom of Fife Railway Preservation Society have a depot at the site of the former Kirkland Yard. Leven Docks was not part of the original line. Originally single track, it was later doubled.

The line is regular discussed for re-opening both for passengers (to a new Leven terminus) and freight (to Cameron Bridge). Cumulatively more has probably been spent discussing this than the cost of re-instatement. In the late 1980s re-opening was associated with the re-opening of the Stirling - Alloa - Kincardine line to Dunfermline for passengers.






Dates

  /  /1852[Leven Railway]
Act receives Royal assent
17/06/1853[Leven Railway]
Authorised from Thornton Junction to Leven
03/07/1854[Leven Railway]
Line opened from Thornton to Leven and Leven harbour
  /  /1861[Leven Railway]
[East of Fife Railway]
[Leven and East of Fife Railway]
Leven Railway and East for Fife Railway merge to form the Leven and East Fife Railway.
22/07/1861[Leven Railway]
[East of Fife Railway]
[Leven and East of Fife Railway]
Leven Railway and East of Fife Railway merge to form the Leven and East of Fife Railway.
12/12/1885[Leven Railway]
New Leven station opened
14/01/1909[Leven Railway]
Line doubling begins
18/07/1966[Leven Railway]
Leven to East of Fife Central Junction closed to freight.
06/10/1969[Leven Railway]
Line closed to passengers
06/10/1969[Leven Railway]
Leven to Thornton Junction closed to passengers
  /12/1972[Leven Railway]
Thornton to Kirkland yard singled

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Thornton to Leven

Thornton Junction to Leven [1st].

This is a four way junction. To the north the main line north to Ladybank runs north and the mothballed branch to Cameron Bridge, and formerly Leven, runs off to the north east. To the south the Dunfermline Branch leaves the main line south to Burntisland.
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Looking west at Thornton North Junction at the beginning of the branch to Leven - out of use since the 1990s, but now being mooted for re-commencement ...
David Spaven 01/09/2011



This was an island platform station surrounded by the Cameronbridge Distillery, for which there were many sidings.
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English Electric 0-6-0 D1193 of 1967 shunting CO2 tanks at Cameron Bridge in 1994. Formerly at Seaham Harbour, Co. Durham it would go on loan to the ...
Bill Roberton //1994
View over the former station at Cameron Bridge. Edging on the island platform can be seen in the centre of the frame; the through line to Methil is ...
Bill Roberton 30/08/2016
Close up of Scottish Grain Distillers hopper wagon in the yard at Cameron Bridge in 1983.
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Bill Roberton //1983
View east from Cameron Bridge station towards Leven in 1993. ...
Ken Browne //1993



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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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




Muiredge Branch

Cameron Bridge to Muiredge Goods.

This was an island platform station surrounded by the Cameronbridge Distillery, for which there were many sidings.
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English Electric 0-6-0 D1193 of 1967 shunting CO2 tanks at Cameron Bridge in 1994. Formerly at Seaham Harbour, Co. Durham it would go on loan to the ...
Bill Roberton //1994
View over the former station at Cameron Bridge. Edging on the island platform can be seen in the centre of the frame; the through line to Methil is ...
Bill Roberton 30/08/2016
Close up of Scottish Grain Distillers hopper wagon in the yard at Cameron Bridge in 1983.
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Bill Roberton //1983
View east from Cameron Bridge station towards Leven in 1993. ...
Ken Browne //1993

This was the terminus of a short goods and mineral branch from Cameron Bridge built by the Leven and East of Fife Railway. The location has a complex history going through a number of different layouts.
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