|Kincardine Line (North British Railway)|
The Kincardine Line was a railway in Clackmannanshire and Fife, Scotland, connecting the stations in Alloa and near Dunfermline along the north shore of the Firth of Forth. A short branch line ran from Charlestown Junction to Charlestown on the shore of the Forth. This branch line had been part of the Charlestown Railway, also part of the North British Railway.
The Charlestown Branch started life as the Elgin Waggonway in 1792, later becoming the Charlestown Railway. The North British Railway bought the line and the harbour at the end of the line in 1863, although three years later it was partly abandoned. In 1894, the line was rebuilt and re-opened.
The Charlestown Branch closed to passengers on 1 November 1926, remaining opening to serve RNAD Crombie siding until 1964.
Passenger services were withdrawn between Alloa and Dunfermline in 1930, although the line remained open for coal trains. Coal trains to Kincardine and Longannet Power Stations continued to use the line. The line to the west of Kincardine became derelict.
Under Scottish Executive funding, and to relieve congestion on the Forth Bridge, the line between Stirling and Alloa was reopened to passenger traffic, and the line to Kincardine was rebuilt for coal traffic to Longannet. Construction work started in 2005, with tracklaying commencing at the end of September 2006.
The line reopened to freight traffic from the Alloa direction to Longannet during April 2008, with passenger services from the west into Alloa commencing on 19 May 2008.
Connections to other railways
- Stirling and Dunfermline Railway at Kincardine Junction, east of Alloa
- Dunfermline and Queensferry Railway at Charlestown Branch Junction, south of Dunfermline (Lower)
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- RAILSCOT on the Kincardine Line