Thornton Junction

Location type


Name and dates

Thornton Junction (1848-1969)

Opened on the Edinburgh and Northern Railway.
Opened on the Thornton Junction Station to Thornton West Curve (North British Railway).


This station was rebuilt several times due to subsidence.

The original station opened to serve the Leven Railway. It was immediately south of Thornton North Junction, between the Burntisland to Ladybank line and the Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway). It was bypassed by the Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway) until later.

The second version of the station had an overall roof. In its final form it was an island platform with bays at either end. Access was by a footbridge at its northern end. An additional platform existed to the east for the Buckhaven route. A curve was laid south of the station running to the west in 1888, allowing passenger trains from the Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway) to use the station. Thornton Shed [1st] was to open on this curve, to the north of the running lines. This shed was to be relocated to a larger site further west. There was a signal box at the south end of the station on the west side of the junction. Initially called ^Thornton Station^ on opening it became ^Thornton Central^ around 1884-88.

The station closed in 1969. The former station to west curve and the box were to close in 1973.

Little trace of the station remains today.


Station Junction

External links

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


13/12/1849Dunfermline Branch (Edinburgh and Northern Railway)
Dunfermline Branch opened from Thornton Junction to Dunfermline. Stations opened at Halbeath.
17/06/1853Leven Railway
Authorised from Thornton Junction to Leven [1st].
03/07/1854Leven Railway
Line opened from Thornton Junction to Leven [1st].
01/07/1923Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Thornton renamed Thornton Junction.
10/01/1955Wemyss and Buckhaven Railway
Methil to Thornton Junction closed to passengers.
02/12/1963Wemyss and Buckhaven Railway
Thornton Junction to West Wemyss closed to freight
06/10/1969Leven Railway East of Fife Railway
Leven [2nd] to Thornton Junction closed to passengers.
06/10/1969Edinburgh and Northern Railway
Sinclairtown, Dysart, Thornton Junction stations closed.
  /12/1972Leven Railway
Thornton Junction to Kirkland Yard singled


A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: The North of Scotland v. 15 (Regional railway history series)

Burntisland: Fife's Railway Port (Locomotion papers)

Fife's Last Days of Steam

Fife's Lost Railways

Railways of Fife

The Railways of Fife