Location type


Name and dates

Halbeath (1851-1930)

Opened on the Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway).


This was a two platform station bounded by a level crossing to the east and Townhill Yard to the west. The station building on the former eastbound platform remains, despite closure of the station in 1930.

The goods yard was to the east of the crossing, on the north side of the line and approached by reversal.

When opened the railway was crossed on the level by the Halbeath Waggonway, running on the east side of the road. This ran north to various pits of the Halbeath Colliery at Halbeath and near Halbeath House and south to Inverkeithing.

Townhill Yard developed to the west, particularly after the opening of the Dunfermline and Queensferry Railway (from Townhill Junction and the Townhill Branch which connected Townhill Junction to the West of Fife Mineral Railway using portions of the former Townhill Waggonway. The yard expanded into a large marshalling yard. Later the Townhill Wagon Shops were built to the south.

Although the platforms are gone, the station building remains. The waiting shelter on the westbound platform and the signal box (east of the LC north side of line) have not survived. This box had opened in the 1890s and closed, taken over by the Edinburgh Signalling Centre in 1981.



External links

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

Chronology Dates

13/12/1849Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway)
Dunfermline Branch opened from Thornton Junction to Dunfermline. Stations opened at Halbeath.
01/01/1917Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway)
Sinclairtown, Halbeath, Kingskettle closed.
01/05/1919Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway)
Sinclairtown, Halbeath, Kingskettle re-opened.
22/09/1930Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway)
Halbeath station closed.
  /07/2017Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway)
Halbeath station, with a park and ride, is proposed to serve a large area of new housing north east of Dunfermline. Estimated cost £7M.

News items

20/04/2023Fife: New strategy backs return of Euro ferry and a Halbeath rail halt [Dunfermline Press]
11/10/2022Halbeath: Transport improvements needed to pave way for 8,000 new homes [Dunfermline Press]
18/12/2021Dunfermline: Halbeath Road disruption after lorry gets stuck under rail bridge [Dunfermline Press]
24/05/2021Halbeath rail halt to finally arrive? [Dunfermline Press]
18/05/2021Optimism over new Dunfermline railway station as part of town masterplan [The Courier]
07/10/2020Halbeath level crossing safe say rail chiefs despite 33 faults in five years [Dunfermline Press]
14/02/2020Network Rail work will shut part of Kingseat Road [Dunfermline Press]
14/02/2009Family claim near miss on level crossing [Dunfermline Press]
26/06/2006Photoset: Halbeath Sidings


Inverkeithing To Thornton Junction: Via Cowdenbeath (Scottish Mainlines)