Thornton East Junction

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Name and dates

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.



External links

NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67


East of Thornton Junction: The Story of the Fife Coast Line

Fife's Lost Railways

Railways of Fife

Railways Of Scotland 1: The Kingdom of Fife DVD - Cinerail

Scottish Branch Line Steam

Scottish Branch Lines, 1955-65

The Railways of Fife