Thornton East Junction (1887-1959)
Opened on the Wemyss and Buckhaven Railway.
This junction opened in 1887. It allowed direct access for the Buckhaven line to the Dunfermline Branch via 'The Hole', as the line was known. Before this, the Buckhaven line only met the main line at Thornton North junction. Its opening coincided with the extension of the line east to Methil in 1887.
Just to the west the connection passed under the main line to reach the Dunfermline Branch.
The Buckhaven line was single track, as was the line west to the Dunfermline Branch. There was a signal box to control the junction until closure in 1959.
Following this the alignment was straightened to the west, the line north abandoned. It survived until 1963.
Just to the south east the line crossed the River Ore.
Nothing remains at the site today, it is now part of the Thornton Golf Course.
Thornton Junction [W&BR]
Glenrothes with Thornton
Other railway and industry locations
Thornton Shed [1st]
Thornton South Junction
Thornton North Junction
Thornton West Junction [1st]
Thornton North Signal Box [2nd]
Thornton Wagon Works
Balgonie Colliery Lochtyside Pit
Thornton West Junction
Balgonie Colliery Julian Pit
Fife Railway Wagon Works
Earlseat Loading Pad
Wellesley Colliery Duncan Pit
Dysart Colliery Randolph Pit
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