Thornton North Junction

Location type


Name and dates

Thornton North Junction (1848-)

Opened on the Edinburgh and Northern Railway.

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

Opened on the Leven Railway.

Opened on the Wemyss and Buckhaven Railway.


This is a four way junction. To the north the main line north to Ladybank runs north and the mothballed branch to Cameron Bridge, and formerly Leven, runs off to the north east. To the south the Dunfermline Branch leaves the main line south to Burntisland.

Immediately to the south was Thornton Junction station.

The original junction of 1848 was between the Edinburgh and Northern Railway and its Dunfermline Branch. In 1854 the branch north east to Leven opened. Further in 1881 the line south east to Buckhaven opened. A line to the north west served several collieries.

The Leven line was later doubled and later again reverted to a single track.

The Buckhaven line closed in 1963.

Thornton Junction station closed in 1969 and the lines to the south were rationalised in 1973.



External links

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