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Network Rail and the Scottish Government are being urged to open all of the West Fife rail line following the announcement of plans to electrify tracks between Longannet and Alloa. The plans also include the building of stations at Clackmannan and Kincardine.
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Rail bosses have been urged to make the most of plans to electrify tracks between Longannet and Alloa by extending the project further into west Fife.
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Hopes of restoring passenger services between Alloa and Dunfermline are finally back on track.
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Campaigners have shared their delight at news the city's direct link to Dunfermline could be returned after six decades in the sidings.

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Passenger services could be reinstated between Clackmannanshire and Fife in Scotland, depending on the outcome of the next phase of development work between Alloa and Longannet. Network Rail engineers will be carrying out survey work and site and geological investigations which will help inform the development of a project which could enhance and electrify the line.
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Network Rail will shortly begin the next phase of development work between Alloa and Longannet which could see the reinstatement of passenger services between Clackmannanshire and Fife.
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Alloa Loop: WCRC 47854 leads a Thornton - Bo'ness empty stock working into Alloa Loop on 22 June. 47804 was on the rear of the train.
Bill Roberton 22/06/2014


Alloa: Longannet empties heading back to Hunterston rumble west through Alloa station on 11 March 2014 behind EWS liveried 66018. Standing at the platform is the 11.41 ScotRail service to Glasgow Queen Street, scheduled to follow 4 minutes later.
John Furnevel 11/03/2014


Kincardine: A Hunterston - Longannet coal train approaching its destination about to pass below the 1936 Kincardine Bridge, on 11 March 2014. The bridge is much less busy these days thanks to the neighbouring Clackmannanshire Bridge in the background, which opened in 2008. See image [[8861]]
John Furnevel 11/03/2014

Re-opening a direct passenger railway service between Dunfermline and Glasgow is the 'final piece in the puzzle' for the Fife's recovery from the pandemic.

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Alloa: I don't believe the Alloa line timetable has changed substantially since reopening in 2008. A half-hourly service all day would be possible though presumably deemed uneconomic - or just unnecessary. I had never been to Alloa before 2008 and still can't come to terms with its existence. A Glasgow service turns round on 26 September 2019.
David Panton 26/09/2019


Dunfermline Town: 158 789 calls at Dunfermline Town with an Edinburgh - Glenrothes with Thornton service on 10 January 2011.
Bill Roberton 10/01/2011


Culross [2nd]: The Scottish Power Express about to leave the temporary platform at Culross on 21 June 1992 for the return trip to Edinburgh.
Craig Seath 21/06/1992

Work is set to progress on the Dunfermline to Alloa rail link, according to Fife MSP Mark Ruskell.
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Torryburn: 'The Caledonian', hauled by no 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe, drawing away from Newmills and approaching Low Valleyfield on 27 May 2012.
Bill Roberton 27/05/2012


Cairneyhill: The SLS/RCTS 'Joint Scottish Tour' at Cairneyhill on 17 June 1960 behind NBR 256 Glen Douglas.
WA Camwell (Copyright Stephenson Locomotive Society) 17/06/1960


Culross [2nd]: The Scottish Power Express about to leave the temporary platform at Culross on 21 June 1992 for the return trip to Edinburgh.
Craig Seath 21/06/1992

A new report published today [8 Dec] by local rail campaigns and Green MSP Mark Ruskell has called for Fife Council and the Scottish Government to back an ambitious rail reopening strategy for Fife.

The ground-breaking report entitled Breaking The Circle has been jointly produced by the Levenmouth Rail Campaign, the Newburgh Train Station Campaign, the St Andrews Rail Link Campaign (StARlink), Alloa Community Council, David Prescott of Allan Rail Solutions and Mr Ruskell, and represents a united front towards a Fife-wide rail enhancement strategy.
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Proposals to open the Alloa to Fife rail line to passengers has been given fresh hope after the Scottish Parliament referred a public petition to the Longannet Task Force for consideration.
The closure of the power station, due to take place in March, may well have a devastating financial effect on Clackmannanshire and the surrounding areas.
However, plans were put forth that could arguably soften the blow and open up new economic opportunities using the existing rail infrastructure.
Passenger services currently terminate at Alloa, while the line itself runs past Longannet, through the West Fife villages and on to Dunfermline.
A public petition, submitted by Martin Keatings, has called for the service to be extended to allow trains to take passengers from Alloa through the Fife circle, without the need to head into Edinburgh first.
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Alloa Loop: Coal empties from Longannet power station on their way back to Hunterston shortly after noon on 9 May 2012 behind EWS liveried 66015. The train is running parallel with the A907 road on the eastern approach to Alloa. The track on the left is part of Alloa East loop.
John Furnevel 09/05/2012


Cairneyhill: 66107 passes Cairneyhill with a Ladybank - Millerhill engineers train on 19 January. Note the housing now occupying the old goods yard.
Bill Roberton 19/01/2013


Torryburn: DMU having just passed the site of Torryburn station on its way to Culross on 21 June 1992 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the town.
Craig Seath 21/06/1992

A new 'Forth Circle' rail loop could be created if the threatened 40-year-old Longannet power station was to shut, campaigners have proposed.
The end of coal trains to the Fife plant would free up tracks so passengers could travel on the Forth-side line between Alloa and Dunfermline for the first time for 85 years.
The scheme could include re-opening a station at the historic village of Culross to improve access for tourists.
Trains supplying Longannet used the route until the £85 million Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine line re-opened in 2008.
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Cairneyhill: Union of South Africa passes Cairneyhill with the first SRPS Forth Circle special on 23 August 2009.
Bill Roberton 23/08/2009


Elbowend Junction: After an unscheduled stop at Elbowend Junction because of apparent track circuit problems, GWR 4-6-0 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe restarts the Forth Circle special in the direction of Kincardine on 27 May 2012, with the overgrown remains of the Charlestown branch on the left. Never thought I would see the day when a GWR Castle would pass let alone stop at Elbowend Junction!
Mark Poustie 27/05/2012


Culross [2nd]: The Scottish Power Express about to leave the temporary platform at Culross on 21 June 1992 for the return trip to Edinburgh.
Craig Seath 21/06/1992

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