Wemyss Castle

Location type


Name and dates

Wemyss Castle (1881-1955)

Opened on the Wemyss and Buckhaven Railway.


This was a single platform station with the platform on the south side of the line serving the town of East Wemyss to the south. The station building survives in modified form.

Several loops ran alongside the platform line and there was a goods yard to the north of these, served from the east. The box was to the west of the station building on the platform.

A mineral loop was to the north of this, the start of a branch which ran north to Wellsgreen Colliery. The loop allowed departure both east and west. Wellsgreen Colliery Branch (Fife Coal Company).

A further line, the Wemyss Private Railway, opened to the north of the existing lines, with the Scott's Road Depot off to the west just to the west of where the private line flew over the Buckhaven line.

With the opening of the Michael Colliery Pits Nos 1,2 a line was laid in to the west of the station, running south to the pit and meeting the private railway. The pit was approached from the station.

The station closed to passengers in 1955 but it was 1964 before the box closed. The line closed in 1966.

The station building survives within the grounds of a garage.


The station was in in the north of East Wemyss, around a quarter of a mile from MacDuff's Castle to the east. The later Wemyss Castle [Castle] is to the south west. The station was never called East Wemyss, but is often referred to thus.

Wemyss Castle Gardens



External links

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

Chronology Dates

  /  /1888Fife Coal Company
Wellsgreen Colliery sunk. Reached by the Wellsgreen Colliery Branch (Fife Coal Company), a branch from Wemyss Castle on the 1881 Wemyss and Buckhaven Railway.


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