Northern Rail


31/07/1845Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Act receives Royal assent. Mainline from Burntisland to Perth via Ladybank. Branches from Ladybank to Cupar and Kirkcaldy to the harbour. The Perth station was to be by the Dundee and Perth Railway station.
  /  /1846[Great Northern Railway]
London and York Railway incorporated.
  /  /1846Direct Northern Railway
  /  /1846[Great Northern Railway]
Great Northern Railway formed by a fusion of the London and York Railway and the Direct Northern Railway.
27/07/1847[Edinburgh Leith and Newhaven Railway]
[Edinburgh and Northern Railway]
Edinburgh, Leith and Granton Railway absorbed by Edinburgh and Northern Railway.
17/09/1847Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Opened from Burntisland to Lindores and Cupar. Stations at Burntisland [1st], Kinghorn, Kirkcaldy, Sinclairtown, Dysart, Thornton, Markinch, Falkland Road, Kingskettle, Ladybank, Collessie, Lindores [1st], Springfield and Cupar.
09/12/1847Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Extended from Lindores [1st] to Glenburnie. Glenburnie opened and Lindores [1st] closed. (Lindores [1st] may also have been known as Abdie?)
  /  /1848[Great Northern Railway]
Louth to Grimsby opened. Stations at: Grimsby, Waltham, Holton Village Halt, Holton Le Clay, North Thoresby, Ludborough, Utterby Halt, Fotherby Halt, Louth.
18/05/1848[Edinburgh and Northern Railway]
Extended from Glenburnie to Abernethy Road. Stations at Newburgh [1st] and Abernethy Road opened. Glenburnie closed.
25/07/1848[Edinburgh and Northern Railway]
Opened from Abernethy Road to Hilton Junction. Stations at Abernethy and Bridge of Earn [1st] opened, Abernethy Road closed. (Alternative date for Bridge of Earn - 18th.)
  /  /1849[Great Northern Railway]
Peterborough to Doncaster via Lincoln and Boston opened.
  /04/1849Edinburgh and Northern Railway[Edinburgh, Perth and Dundee Railway]
The Edinburgh and Northern Railway becomes the Edinburgh, Perth and Dundee Railway.
13/12/1849[Dunfermline Branch] ([Edinburgh and Northern Railway])
[Dunfermline Branch] opened from Thornton Junction to Dunfermline. Stations opened at Halbeath.
  /  /1850Fordell RailwayEdinburgh and Northern Railway
Link from Fordell Railway to Edinburgh, Perth and Dundee Railway opened.
  /  /1850[Great Northern Railway]
Peterborough to Maiden Lane, London, opened.
  /  /1850[Great Northern Railway]
Doncaster to York via Askern (immediately north-west of Doncaster on the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway) opened. GNR uses L&Y line from 4 miles north of Doncaster to Knottingley.
17/05/1850[Edinburgh and Northern Railway]
Opened from Cupar to Ferry-Port-on-Craig for passengers. Stations opened at Dairsie, Leuchars [1st], Ferry-Port-on-Craig opened.
07/08/1850[Great Northern Railway]
Opened throughout. Route: London to Boston to Lincoln (not via Peterborough to Retford) to Knottingley on North Midland Railway and not York itself.
  /  /1851[Edinburgh and Northern Railway]
Ferry-Port-on-Craig renamed Tay Port.
  /  /1852[Great Northern Railway]
Kings Cross opened.
01/07/1852[Edinburgh and Northern Railway]
Leuchars [1st] renamed Leuchars Junction on the opening of the St Andrews Railway.
  /  /1853[Great Northern Railway]
Works at Doncaster opened.
  /  /1853[Great Northern Railway]
Peterborough to Grantham to Retford line opened. Stations at: Rossington, Bawtry, Ranskill, Barnby Moor & Sutton, Retford, Tuxford North, Crow Park, Carlton-on-Trent, Newark, Claypole, Hougham, Barkston, Grantham, Great Ponton, Corby Glen, Little Bytham, Essendine, Tallington.
  /  /1858[Great Northern Railway]
[Midland Railway] start to make use of the line from Hitchin to London.
  /  /1861Kinross-shire RailwayEdinburgh and Northern Railway
Kinross-shire Railway absorbed by Edinburgh, Perth and Dundee Railway.
  /  /1861Fife and Kinross RailwayEdinburgh and Northern Railway
Fife and Kinross Railway absorbed by the Edinburgh, Perth and Dundee Railway.
  /  /1865Cheshire Lines Committee
[Midland Railway]
[Great Northern Railway]
[Manchester Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway]
01/06/1878[Edinburgh and Northern Railway]
Leuchars Junction [1st] closed on opening of the Tay Bridge and Associated Railways replaced by Leuchars Junction [2nd] to the south at the junction between the lines.
01/12/1878[Edinburgh and Northern Railway]
Leuchars Junction [1st] reopens as Leuchars Old.
12/05/1879[Edinburgh and Northern Railway]
Tay Port altered to become a through station on the Newport Railway, afterwards known as Tayport.
01/11/1885[Great Northern Railway]
Abbotts Ripton opened.
01/02/1890Edinburgh and Northern Railway
New further west Bridge of Earn [2nd] station opened to serve both the Perth to Ladybank and Perth to Cowdenbeath lines. Bridge of Earn [1st] closes.
  /  /1898Great Northern Railway (Ireland)
Adelaide and Windsor opened.
13/08/1906[Edinburgh and Northern Railway]
Newburgh [2nd] opens west of Newburgh [1st] which closes.
30/06/1913[Edinburgh and Northern Railway]
Leuchars Junction burned down by suffragettes.
14/04/1914[Edinburgh and Northern Railway]
Collision at Burntisland between London to Aberdeen express and Carlisle to Dundee goods
01/01/1917[Dunfermline Branch] ([Edinburgh and Northern Railway])
Sinclairtown, Halbeath, Kingskettle closed.
01/05/1919Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway)
Sinclairtown, Halbeath, Kingskettle re-opened.
03/10/1921[Edinburgh and Northern Railway]
Leuchars Old station closed.
01/07/1923[Edinburgh and Northern Railway]
Thornton renamed Thornton Junction.
22/09/1930[Dunfermline Branch] ([Edinburgh and Northern Railway])
Halbeath station closed.
  /07/1933[Edinburgh and Northern Railway]
Bridge of Earn Junction to Newburgh [1st] singled and Glenburnie Junction to Ladybank singled. Newburgh [2nd] to Glenburnie Junction becomes a long loop.
  /  /1938[Great Northern Railway]
Abbotts Ripton renamed from Abbots Ripton.
20/09/1954[Edinburgh and Northern Railway]
Dairsie closed.
19/09/1955[Edinburgh and Northern Railway]
Bridge of Earn Junction to Ladybank closed to passengers. Stations at Abernethy, Newburgh [2nd] and Collessie closed.
09/01/1956[Edinburgh and Northern Railway]
Tayport (excluded) to Leuchars Junction [2nd] (excluded) closed to passengers. Leuchars Old (excluded) to Morton Siding (excluded) closed to all traffic.
15/09/1958[Edinburgh and Northern Railway]
Falkland Road station closed
15/09/1958[Great Northern Railway]
Abbots Ripton closed.
13/05/1960[Edinburgh and Northern Railway]
Newburgh [2nd] to Glenburnie Junction singled
11/01/1966[Edinburgh and Northern Railway]
Bridge of Earn Junction to Ladybank closed by rockfall at Clatchard Craig Quarry.
22/05/1966[Edinburgh and Northern Railway]
Tayport, now a terminus from Wormit, closed.
23/05/1966[Edinburgh and Northern Railway]
Tayport to Spinning Mill Siding closed to goods.
16/01/1967[Edinburgh and Northern Railway]
Line re-opened between Bridge or Earn Junction and Ladybank after clearing rockfall at Clatchard Craig Quarry and re-instating line.
04/09/1967[Edinburgh and Northern Railway]
Kingskettle station closed.
06/10/1969[Edinburgh and Northern Railway]
Sinclairtown, Dysart, Thornton Junction stations closed.
  /04/1970[Edinburgh and Northern Railway]
Closure of Thornton (62A) shed
  /04/1970[Edinburgh and Northern Railway]
Closure of Dunfermline (62C) shed, Townhill wagon repair shops stabling point becomes 62C and gains allocation of locomotives
16/02/1972[Edinburgh and Northern Railway]
Tokenless block introduced between Ladybank and Hilton Junction. Bridge of Earn Junction signal-box closed.
  /05/1972[Edinburgh and Northern Railway]
Newburgh [2nd] loop extended and each track signaled for bi-directional working.
08/01/1973[Edinburgh and Northern Railway]
Withdrawal of direct daily Kirkcaldy to Glasgow Queen Street working.
21/04/1973[Edinburgh and Northern Railway]
Trackwork at Ladybank Works removed, but building not demolished.
06/10/1975[Edinburgh and Northern Railway]
Bridge of Earn Junction to Ladybank re-opened for passengers (after closure of the [Glenfarg Line]).
06/10/1975Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Some Perth to Edinburgh Waverley workings diverted from via Stirling to via Newburgh [2nd].
06/10/1979[Edinburgh and Northern Railway]
Newburgh [2nd] sidings removed pending removal of loop.
  /  /1981[Edinburgh and Northern Railway]
Signaling from Dalmeny to Cupar, Dunfermline and Cowdenbeath transferred to the new Edinburgh Signaling Centre.
  /  /1992[Dunfermline Branch] ([Edinburgh and Northern Railway])
Glenrothes with Thornton opened.