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Network Rail will shortly begin the first phase of work which will lead to the reinstatement of passenger services to Leven.
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East of Fife Central Junction: A view of the Methil branch at Kirkland Yard in July 2020. This section of track was cleared of vegetation earlier in the year in preparation for the reopening project.
Bill Roberton 20/07/2020

A new group set up to help decide how £10 million is spent to improve Levenmouth has met for the first time. The Levenmouth Reconnected Task Group, chaired by SNP councillor Ken Caldwell, will play a key role in how the funding is distributed across the area. The £10m was announced by Transport Minister Michael Matheson last year when he confirmed the go-ahead for the Levenmouth rail link.
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Methil East Junction: As part of an investigation into reopening the Levenmouth branch to passenger traffic, BR and Fife Regional Council officials travelled down the line in saloon DM45020, hauled by 37240 on 14th October 1991. The train calls at the site of the proposed (2019) terminus with Methil Power Station in the background. The line to the right leads to the docks.
Bill Roberton 14/10/1991


Methil East Junction: After WW1 Methil Docks became Scotlands chief coal port, exporting over 3m tons in 1923. The former lines to the docks are shown on 26 July 2007 looking east towards the now defunct Methil power station.
John Furnevel 26/07/2007

Levenmouth residents will get a say in how a multi-million pound rail fund is spent.
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Methil East Junction: As part of an investigation into reopening the Levenmouth branch to passenger traffic, BR and Fife Regional Council officials travelled down the line in saloon DM45020, hauled by 37240 on 14th October 1991. The train calls at the site of the proposed (2019) terminus with Methil Power Station in the background. The line to the right leads to the docks.
Bill Roberton 14/10/1991


Methil East Junction: After WW1 Methil Docks became Scotlands chief coal port, exporting over 3m tons in 1923. The former lines to the docks are shown on 26 July 2007 looking east towards the now defunct Methil power station.
John Furnevel 26/07/2007

The recent Scottish Government go-ahead for detailed design work on a reinstated passenger train service to Levenmouth was welcome news for a neglected corner of Scotland.
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The reopened Levenmouth link will eventually connect Leven to the Fife Circle.

A disused rail line in Fife is to be reopened after being closed for decades.

Detailed designs are to be drawn up for the Levenmouth link, which will connect Leven to the Fife Circle.

It is estimated the project, which also includes improved bus services, cycle and walking facilities, will cost about £70m.

Transport Secretary Michael Matheson said he hoped the line would be operational within five years.

The line will also feature stops at Leven and Cameron Bridge.
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Cameron Bridge: View over the former station at Cameron Bridge. Edging on the island platform can be seen in the centre of the frame; the through line to Methil is to the right with the run-round and sidings to the left. Yes, the track is still there!
Bill Roberton 30/08/2016


Cameron Bridge: A pair of class 20s with a consignment of Distiller's CO2 standing at Cameron Bridge in July 1991.
Ian Dinmore /07/1991


Cameron Bridge: J35 0-6-0 64478 at Cameron Bridge in the early 1960s. The locomotive was eventually withdrawn from Carlisle Canal shed in August 1962 and cut up at Inverurie Works 4 months later. Platform view west towards Thornton Junction.
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The bid to reopen the Levenmouth rail link has a serious chance of success, Transport Scotland has confirmed.

In a positive endorsement for the long-running campaign, Bill Reeve, director of rail with the Scottish Governments transport agency, said the project deserves proper scrutiny.

Speaking at a conference in Methil rounding up the progress so far, Mr Reeve revealed a previous appraisal had over-estimated the costs of reinstating the mothballed line between Leven and Thornton while under-estimating the benefits.

It is now thought reopening the five mile stretch of track will cost between £37 million and £56 million around half the amount previously quoted and less than half the cost per mile of the successful Borders railway.
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Thornton Junction: The 07.10 Leeds-Aberdeen NXEC service passes Thornton Junction on 24 August with power car 43206 on the rear. On the right is the junction for the Methil branch. Local news reports suggest Network Rail is to officially cease maintenance on the line (although there appears to be little evidence of any such work in recent years) despite current hopes of passenger and freight revivals.
Bill Roberton 24/08/2009


Methil East Junction: Four track bridge over River Leven which carried track to the power station and the Wemyss Coal Lines. The buildings were sadly demolished in 2011.
Brian Forbes 01/06/2007


Cameron Bridge: View west over the station site at Cameron Bridge towards the recently upgraded and extended Diageo distillery complex on 22 August 2008. The former Leven Railway route to Thornton Junction runs off to the right. Discussions have taken place regarding the possible reopening of the section to handle future rail based freight traffic at the distillery. Such a move would also give added impetus to the proposal to reopen the line through to Levenmouth, currently being pursued by the local authority in conjunction with Transport Scotland.
John Furnevel 22/08/2008

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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The Levenmouth rail line in Fife has taken a significant step towards becoming the next in Scotland to be re-opened after ministers agreed to re-examine the case for the route. Transport minister Humza Yousaf has told MSPs the business case for the restoring the link should consider its wider benefits.

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Thornton Junction: The 07.10 Leeds-Aberdeen NXEC service passes Thornton Junction on 24 August with power car 43206 on the rear. On the right is the junction for the Methil branch. Local news reports suggest Network Rail is to officially cease maintenance on the line (although there appears to be little evidence of any such work in recent years) despite current hopes of passenger and freight revivals.
Bill Roberton 24/08/2009


Methil East Junction: Four track bridge over River Leven which carried track to the power station and the Wemyss Coal Lines. The buildings were sadly demolished in 2011.
Brian Forbes 01/06/2007


Cameron Bridge: View west over the station site at Cameron Bridge towards the recently upgraded and extended Diageo distillery complex on 22 August 2008. The former Leven Railway route to Thornton Junction runs off to the right. Discussions have taken place regarding the possible reopening of the section to handle future rail based freight traffic at the distillery. Such a move would also give added impetus to the proposal to reopen the line through to Levenmouth, currently being pursued by the local authority in conjunction with Transport Scotland.
John Furnevel 22/08/2008

The Borders Railway connects around 20,000 people in Galashiels and another 20,000 in Midlothian to Edinburgh. It's had a strong start, carrying over a million passengers in its first year ... The Border's success begs the question of whether there are any other suitable contenders for re-opening. In Scotland, the largest settlement without access to a railway is Levenmouth in Fife. This comprises of the towns of Leven, Methil, Kennoway and Windygates which have a total population of 37,000. It is the largest urban area in Scotland without a train service.
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Cameron Bridge: The site of Cameron Bridge station on 20 July 2020. The platform edge and rails just visible bottom left.
Bill Roberton 20/07/2020


Cameron Bridge: View west from Station Road over the remains of Cameron Bridge station on 26 July 2007, with the Diageo distillery dominating the background. The distillery would see significant further expansion over the course of the following year - see [[20530]].
John Furnevel 26/07/2007


Cameron Bridge: 20179 and 20212 position a couple of Polybulks over the discharge point in Cameron Bridge yard in 1988. The pair would then nip down to Methil Power Station to collect empty coal slurry wagons. A joined-up railway!
Bill Roberton //1988

Trains will run on the Borders railway for the first time in more than 40 years when the Edinburgh Waverley to Tweedbank service resumes on Sunday.
The reopening has given hope to other rail campaigners across Scotland, including those who want to see the lines to Levenmouth and St Andrews reopened.
BBC Scotland transport correspondent David Miller has been to Fife to find out more about the campaign.
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Leuchars: Formerly Leuchars Junction, the current Leuchars Station is seen looking north on 19 May 2005. The infilled bay was used by trains serving St Andrews and the Fife coast route. The St Andrews branch finally closed in 1969.
John Furnevel 19/05/2005


St Andrews [2nd]: View east towards the site of St Andrews station (1887-1969) in the spring of 2011. Station road on the left now leads up to the recently rebuilt bus station, with Hope Park Church spire standing in the background. The 1865 church saw the railway station (the town's second) come and go, pre-dating it by 22 years. See image [[34565]]
Andrew Wilson 30/05/2011


St Andrews [2nd]: J37 No 64569 meets a photographic scrum at the south end of St Andrews station during the 1965 RCTS Fife Coast railtour. The J37 had taken over from No 256 Glen Douglas at Leuchars Junction and took the train round the Fife Coast line before handing back to no 256 at Thornton Junction.
G W Robin 28/08/1965

If patience is a virtue then a group of railway aficionados based in Leven take the attribute to a whole new level.

Nearly 50 years after the founding members of what is now the Kingdom of Fife Railway Preservation Society first volunteered to help a local train lover with a locomotive, they are finally about to start work on restoring their own steam engine.
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Frances Colliery: Activity in the yard at Frances Colliery, Dysart, in 1973. View back towards the screens showing NCB 'pug' no 29 (Barclay 0-4-0ST 1142/1908) at work shunting empty wagons.
John Furnevel 21/10/1973


Lochty: 60009 'Union of South Africa' in steam on the Lochty Private Railway in September 1969.
Jim Peebles /09/1969


Kirkland Yard: The compound of the Kingdom of Fife Railway Preservation Society at Kirkland Yard, Methil. View looks east. The out of use line to Methil power station (and formerly the docks) is out of shot to the right. The Leven Railway was to the left.
Ewan Crawford 04/01/2008

The Open golf championship at St Andrews brought an estimated 40m of added value to the Fife economy last year, and a further 60m to Scotland.

So, what does it have in common with the freight transport of 28 million cases of whisky, a few miles further south in Leven?
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The Thornton to Levenmouth rail spur could deliver massive economic and environmental benefits for the whole of Scotland
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Methil East Junction: [[Methil Power Station]], commissioned in 1965 to run on coal slurry from the Fife washeries and coal-bing waste. Decommissioned in 2000 the structure is seen here in July 2007 awaiting demolition. The bridge also carried traffic to the coal-drops at Methil docks (including coal from the former [[Wemyss Private Railway]]). See image [[6242]].
John Furnevel 26/07/2007


Thornton Shed [2nd]: Evening at Thornton in June 1967, looking west, a few months after the end of steam. On the left is part of Thornton Junction shed, closed the previous April. In the centre is Thornton Weighs box, one of 9 signal boxes located in the Thornton area. On the right stand the winding towers of the ill-fated Rothes Colliery. Trumpeted as one of the new super pits on its opening in 1958, the decision was taken to abandon it four years later due to insurmountable flooding and geological problems. Remarkably the towers stood for a further 30 years until eventually demolished using explosives in 1993.
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) /06/1967


Cameron Bridge: View west over the station site at Cameron Bridge towards the recently upgraded and extended Diageo distillery complex on 22 August 2008. The former Leven Railway route to Thornton Junction runs off to the right. Discussions have taken place regarding the possible reopening of the section to handle future rail based freight traffic at the distillery. Such a move would also give added impetus to the proposal to reopen the line through to Levenmouth, currently being pursued by the local authority in conjunction with Transport Scotland.
John Furnevel 22/08/2008

Whisky distiller Diageo is pursuing talks with Network Rail and local politicians in Fife concerning the possible reopening of four miles of railway on the former line between Leven and Thornton. The branch, just north of the Fife Circle, could also be used to join Levenmouth to the passenger rail network, a project which local authorities are pursuing with Transport Scotland.

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A report says there is an economic case for reintroducing Levenmouth train services.
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Fife Council's leader says politically bickering is threatening the proposed Levenmouth rail link.
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Campaigners say community support is growing for a line to Leven in Fife to be reopened.
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Fife Council have given permission to Hall Construction for continued use of road transport to move coal from an opencast development at Earlseat Farm until September because a rail loading point on the Thornton Jn-Leven branch may not now be available until that date.
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