Leuchars

Location type

Station


Names and dates

Leuchars Junction [2nd] (1878-1970)
Leuchars (1970-)

Opened on the Edinburgh and Northern Railway.

Opened on the Tay Bridge and Associated Lines (North British Railway).

Opened on the St Andrews Railway.

Open on the Edinburgh to Dundee.

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


Description

This is an island platform station which today is the closest to St Andrews. There is a car park on the east side of the station.

The station opened with the Tay Bridge replacing Leuchars (Old) just to the north but not on the new line to the bridge being on the older approach to Tayport.

The station had a bay at each end, the southern one being for the St Andrews Railway branch. Both bays have been filled in. There were signal boxes for the junction at either end too, both on the east side.

There were sidings on the west side of the station. North of the station as far as Leuchars (Old) the line was quadruple track.

The north box was replaced in 1920 when a siding was laid into RAF Leuchars which is just to the east of the north end of the station. In addition further sidings were laid between the junction and Leuchars (Old) on the west side of the line, approached from the south. The sidings on the west side of the station were also altered and the headshunt provided with a loop.

The line to Leuchars (Old) was singled in 1959 and closed in 1967, however the siding into RAF Leuchars remained open. With the closure of Leuchars South box in 1970, the year after the St Andrews line closed in 1969, the box was renamed simply 'Leuchars'.

Local

RAF Leuchars was to the east of the station.


Tags

Station