Burntisland [1st]

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Burntisland [1st] (1847-1951)

Note: text in square brackets is added for clarity and was not part of the location's name.

Opened on the Edinburgh and Northern Railway.


This was the southern terminus of the Edinburgh and Northern Railway. A Thomas Bouch designed train ferry operated from here to Granton. It was replaced by the present Burntisland station, a through station on the approach to the Forth Bridge, just to the north. The station building is a scheduled Ancient Monument.

The classically styled two storey building has a colonnade at the front. The architect is probably the same as for the rest of the line, David Bell. This frontage is probably the finest in Scotland. It is a remarkable survivor. The terminus tracks and trainshed behind the building have been removed. Platform station offices remain ('B' listed), latterly the railway club. Although the trainshed has been removed its location can still be seen due to marks on the stonework at the rear of the frontage.

Formerly dock lines ran from east of the station to the docks which are south and west of the station. The docks handled coal exports, later bauxite import and other uses.

Several art studios are now based in the station building Artline Burntisland


Grace Girvan Jewellery

The Artline - Art and Heritage on the railway in Fife


Forth Ports - Burntisland


Terminus Train Ferry Colonnade station

External links

Canmore site record
NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67


Listing: AM,B


A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: The North of Scotland v. 15 (Regional railway history series)

Burntisland: Fife's Railway Port (Locomotion papers)

Fife's Last Days of Steam

Fife's Lost Railways

Railways of Fife

The Railways of Fife