Location type


Name and dates

Cardenden (1851-)

Station code: CDD National Rail ScotRail
Where: Fife, Scotland
Opened on the Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway).
Open on the Fife Circle.


This is a two platform station with slightly staggered platforms. A lattice footbridge survived and there are modern glazed shelters, the larger on the up (Edinburgh) bound platform.

The main station building, on the up platform, was an extraordinary mock Tudor exposed timber two floor structure with a platform canopy. This was rendered in later years, hiding the timbers.

The signal box (west end of the station) closed in 1966. This had also controlled access to Denend Colliery on the south side of the line, approached from the west. At the east end was a reversing spur on the south side from which a tramway ran to the Cardenden Colliery.

In the 1980s the station acted as a terminus for trains from Edinburgh, before the Fife Circle route became available. The line east to the triangle of junctions at Thornton was a freight only area.





External links

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

Chronology Dates

07/07/1957Rosyth Dockyard Branch
Special to Rosyth Dockyard from Cardenden on Navy Day.

News items

03/02/2023Fife Circle rail services to be reviewed by ScotRail [Dunfermline Press]


Inverkeithing To Thornton Junction: Via Cowdenbeath (Scottish Mainlines)