Location type


Names and dates

Cowdenbeath (New) (1890-1966)
Cowdenbeath (1966-)

Station code: COW National Rail ScotRail
Where: Fife, Scotland
Opened on the Kelty to Cowdenbeath (North British Railway).
Open on the Fife Circle.


This is a two platform station. The main station building, a modern structure, is on the up platform. The station features a lattice footbridge. The signal box, opened in 1901, was at the south end of the southbound platform.

Goods facilities were at Cowdenbeath (Old) station, not far to the south on the original alignment. (A single siding later opened north of the station, and Union Street, on the west side, served from the north.)

The station was opened on the 1890 Cowdenbeath South Junction to Kelty South Junction shortcut which opened with the Forth Bridge Railway as one of the many improvements to the route between Edinburgh Waverley and Perth.

In 1900 a new link was installed between Cowdenbeath North Junction and Lumphinnans Central Junction.

Cowdenbeath (Old) station closed in 1919.

The box for Cowdenbeath North Junction closed in 1929 and was taken over by the box at the station. (The box may also have been responsible for the triangular Kirkford Colliery Junction to the south, although this may have been controlled by Mossbeath box - see Mossbeath Colliery Sidings.)

The line beyond Kelty was closed in 1970 and the portion to Kelty singled. It closed in 1972.

The box closed in 1981, taken over by the Edinburgh Signalling Centre.



External links

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

Chronology Dates

  /  /1890Kelty to Cowdenbeath (North British Railway)
Cowdenbeath South Junction to Kelty South Junction opened. Cowdenbeath (New) station 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.
29/03/1919Cowdenbeath North Junction to Lumphinnans Central Junction (North British Railway)
All passenger trains start to use the Cowdenbeath (New) deviation with the opening of the Cowdenbeath North Junction to Lumphinnans Central Junction link. Cowdenbeath (Old) closed to passengers. Cowdenbeath South Junction to Lumphinnans Central Junction given over to goods and mineral traffic.
  /  /1920Fife Coal Company
Foulford Colliery Pit No 1, to the east of Cowdenbeath station near Foulford Junction and owned by the Fife Coal Company and previously the Cowdenbeath Coal Company, is closed temporarily in the 1920s.
  /  /1966Kelty to Cowdenbeath (North British Railway)
Cowdenbeath (New) renamed Cowdenbeath.
05/01/1970Kelty to Cowdenbeath (North British Railway)
Kinross-shire Railway
Fife and Kinross Railway
Glenfarg Line (North British Railway)
Cowdenbeath (Cowdenbeath North Junction) to Perth (Hilton Junction) closed to passengers. Kinross Junction [2nd] station closed.
Cowdenbeath to Milnathort singled.
Bridge of Earn Junction (excluded) to Milnathort (excluded) closed to all traffic.
29/06/1979British Railways
£5 million contract to rationalise trackwork from Dalmeny to Cupar, Dunfermline and Cowdenbeath.
  /  /1981Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Signaling from Dalmeny to Cupar, Dunfermline and Cowdenbeath transferred to the new Edinburgh Signalling Centre.

News items

01/06/2023Caledonian Sleeper fault brings Kirkcaldy services to a halt [The Courier]
02/04/2023Book review added:Inverkeithing to Thornton Junction via Cowdenbeath including colliery branches, Dennis Lovett and Allan McLean [Railscot]
03/02/2023Fife Circle rail services to be reviewed by ScotRail [Dunfermline Press]
05/12/2022Fife trains cancelled due to signalling fault [The Courier]
16/02/2022Car ploughs into railway bridge sparking ScotRail train cancellations and delays [Daily Record]
07/01/2022Fife Council: Work to stabilise old mining works near Cowdenbeath town centre to begin [Central Fife Times]
21/08/2021Perth to Inverness train faster in 19th century: Fears grow over cuts to services [Press and Journal]
13/08/2020Disruption to Fife rail services continues after storms [Fife Today]
02/06/2002New ScotRail Summer Timetable [Railscot]