West of Fife Mineral Railway

Introduction

This railway is closed. It formed a network of lines to the north of Dunfermline. The lines were minerals only and served mines and works. Initially it ran north to Steelend, meandering through the coal field, and was extended progressively including a line to Kelty which was opened by the North British Railway after their purchase of the line.






Dates

14/07/1856[West of Fife Mineral Railway]
Act of incorporation passed.
01/08/1861[West of Fife Mineral Railway][Charlestown Railway] and Harbour CompanyWest of Fife Railway and Harbour Company
West of Fife Mineral Railway merged with Charlestown Railway to create the West of Fife Railway and Harbour Company.
29/07/1862[West of Fife Mineral Railway][North British Railway]
West of Fife Railway absorbed by the North British Railway.
  /  /1971[West of Fife Mineral Railway]
RNSD Lathalmond closed.
18/06/2016West of Fife Munitions Railway
Construction of this 2 foot gauge railway begins at the former RNSD Lathalmond formerly served by the [West of Fife Mineral Railway].

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Whitemyre to Steelend

Opened 1858.

This was a junction in the west of Dunfermline. It was a pair of junctions. The older junction was Charlestown Junction [Whitemyre] which opened between the Stirling and Dunfermline Railway of 1849 and a short branch south east to the Charlestown Railway.
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Dunfermline, Whitemyre Junction looking west. The West of Fife Mineral Railway diverged to the right here, its formation lies directly behind the ...
Mark Poustie 23/09/2006
Looking west from Lundin Road bridge, a little to the west of the the former Whitemyre Junction, along the Stirling & Dunfermline Railway. With the ...
Bill Roberton //1985
Looking west along the trackbed of the Stirling - Dunfermline line at the former Whitemyre Junction, where the West of Fife Mineral Railway branched ...
Bill Roberton 27/06/2008



This was the junction between the Lochhead branch and the West of Fife line. Both lines were single track mineral railways to the north of Dunfermline.
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Chance discovery of the remains of an old water tower near the site of Elgin Junction, north of Dunfermline, where once the Elgin Railway met the West ...
Bill Roberton 07/03/2008


This was a four way junction north of Dunfermline and Townhill. the lines meeting here were goods and minerals only and single track.
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Looking east at the site of Gask Junction in February 2012 with the line to Steelend behind the camera. The Gask branch ran to the left of the hut ...
Grant Robertson 12/02/2012
A little south of Gask Junction on the West of Fife Mineral Railway's Lethans No1 branch, and adjacent to the A823, are the remains of Lochend Siding, ...
Bill Roberton 11/03/2012


This was a small goods station, a loop on the north side of the line with a loading bank. To the west was a railway cottage which still stands. The line crossed by a level crossing as it ran west to Steelend Colliery. To the east it ran to Gask Junction and on to Lilliehill Junction.
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Looking west along the B914 to the site of Steelend Goods Station in January 2012. The gate at left looks substantial enough to be a railway gate ...
Bill Roberton 30/01/2012
A little to the south of Steelend Goods Station itself is the site of the exchange sidings that once served Bandrum Colliery, located just over a mile ...
Bill Roberton 30/01/2012





Lilliehill to Kingseat

Opened 1858 to Kingseat Colliery.

This was a four way junction north of Dunfermline and Townhill. the lines meeting here were goods and minerals only and single track.
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Gask Branch

Opened 1858. Noted for the Lathalmond depot.

Looking east at the site of Gask Junction in February 2012 with the line to Steelend behind the camera. The Gask branch ran to the left of the hut ...
Grant Robertson 12/02/2012
A little south of Gask Junction on the West of Fife Mineral Railway's Lethans No1 branch, and adjacent to the A823, are the remains of Lochend Siding, ...
Bill Roberton 11/03/2012


This was a railway served Royal Naval Stores Depot established in the Second World War.
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An Alan Keef 4-wheel diesel negotiating the pointwork on the newly laid West of Fife Military Railway at Lathalmond on 16th June 2019 with a ...
Bill Roberton 16/06/2019
Viewed from the veranda of the brake van, D2650 at the end of the demonstration line at Lathalmond on 16th June 2019. On the right, on the far side ...
Bill Roberton 16/06/2019
Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST 1142 of 1908 undergoing restoration inside Shed 47, Lathalmond Railway Museum, in June 2019. My thanks to Pete Westwater for ...
Bill Roberton 16/06/2019
Lathalmond Railway Museum is developing a 2' gauge line, intended to serve much of the Scottish Bus Museum site, and styled as the West of Fife ...
Bill Roberton 16/06/2019

This siding was at the east end of the Lathalmond Branch. The siding was in fact a loop serving a loading stage. The looped and bank were on the north side of the line. By 1895 this was the end of the branch which had continued east to Lassodie Colliery.
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View east from the B915 road along the flooded cutting of the West of Fife Mineral Railway's Gask branch in January 2012. On the left is a bridge ...
Bill Roberton 05/01/2012





Kingseat to Kelty

Completed by the North British Railway, (who took over the line in 1862), from Kingseat to Lassodie Colliery in 1862 and from Lassodie to Kelty 1863 to connect the system to the yards at Kelty.


This junction was on the West of Fife Mineral system north of Dunfermline and south west of Kelty. The line from Kingseat Colliery to Lassodie Colliery opened around 1862. This junction opened in 1863 and connected that line to Kelty allowing through running from Dunfermline to Kelty.
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This was a Fife Coal Company pit. It was located on the east side of the West of Fife Mineral Railway in the east of the village of Kelty and south of Kelty North Junction. This railway was a single track minerals line which ran south to Townhill and Dunfermline.
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This was a six way junction immediately north of Kelty station.
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View from a train window as A3 Pacific no 4472 Flying Scotsman heads north towards Perth on the Kinross-shire line with the Queen's College ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 16/05/1964




Lassodie Colliery Branch

Possibly 1862. Opened by NB, private later.

This junction was on the West of Fife Mineral system north of Dunfermline and south west of Kelty. The line from Kingseat Colliery to Lassodie Colliery opened around 1862. This junction opened in 1863 and connected that line to Kelty allowing through running from Dunfermline to Kelty.
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Elgin Colliery Branch

This branch served the Elgin Colliery, originally served by the Elgin Railway, part of which became incorporated or relaid. The main stem ran north with a branch running west to Rosebank serving several mines. The principal route continued north to a reversing spur at Balmule from which further collieries and Lochhead works could be reached. Parts opened in 1863.

This was the junction between the Lochhead branch and the West of Fife line. Both lines were single track mineral railways to the north of Dunfermline.
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Chance discovery of the remains of an old water tower near the site of Elgin Junction, north of Dunfermline, where once the Elgin Railway met the West ...
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Elgin Colliery Tramway

This tramway ran south from Rosebank No 2 to Hunter Pit (formerly served by a Elgin Railway tramway) and Fernieknowe Pit.







Townhill to Lilliehill

Incorporating portions of the old Townhill Waggonway this opened in 1880. This allowed minerals to flow west through Dunfermline on to Oakley and Stirling. The Forth Iron Works at Oakley would have benefited, before its closure in 1890.

The 1866 West of Fife Railway and Harbour, for Charlestown, met the 1849 Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway) at this junction. The location was just west of the Townhill Tramway route and Halbeath. Approach to the Charlestown line was from the east, the line running south west. The Dunfermline and Queensferry to the line to North Queensferry [1st] ...

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66021 takes a train of empties out of Halbeath sidings and heads south for the Forth Bridge in June 2006. ...
John Furnevel /06/2006
150258 passes the future site of Dunfermline Queen Margaret Station in April 1992. On the right is the stump of the Dunfermline Upper/Kincardine ...
Bill Roberton 15/04/1992





This was a four way junction north of Dunfermline and Townhill. the lines meeting here were goods and minerals only and single track.
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Lassodie Loop






Lethans Branch

Opened 1907.

This colliery was north of Knock Hill. It was served by a railway from the east, which came north from Steelend Goods.
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Roscobie Lime Works Tramway

This siding was at the east end of the Lathalmond Branch. The siding was in fact a loop serving a loading stage. The looped and bank were on the north side of the line. By 1895 this was the end of the branch which had continued east to Lassodie Colliery.
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View east from the B915 road along the flooded cutting of the West of Fife Mineral Railway's Gask branch in January 2012. On the left is a bridge ...
Bill Roberton 05/01/2012





Lassodie Loading Point


This was a coal loading point with stocking. The facility was opened by the Ministry of Fuel and Power which was created in 1942 during the Second World War.
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