Cowdenbeath railway station

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Cowdenbeath National Rail
Cowdenbeath Rail Station 4624.JPG
Cowdenbeath railway station in 2012
Local authorityFife
Coordinates56°06′43″N 3°20′35″W / 56.1120°N 3.3431°W / 56.1120; -3.3431Coordinates: 56°06′43″N 3°20′35″W / 56.1120°N 3.3431°W / 56.1120; -3.3431
Grid referenceNT165918
Station codeCOW
Managed byAbellio ScotRail
Number of platforms2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 0.162 million
2014/15Increase 0.171 million
2015/16Increase 0.182 million
2016/17Decrease 0.171 million
2017/18Decrease 0.167 million
Key datesOpened 2 June 1890 (2 June 1890)
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Cowdenbeath from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Cowdenbeath railway station is a railway station in the town of Cowdenbeath, Fife, Scotland. The station is managed by Abellio ScotRail and is on the Fife Circle Line, 22 12 miles (36.2 km) north of Edinburgh Waverley.

The station can be accessed via two steep ramps from either the east side of the High Street, or Station Road, and there is a footbridge connecting the platforms.

The ticket office is situated within the waiting room. Additional ticket facilities are provided by an automatic ticket machine outside the waiting room. There is a toilet but to access it, a key must be obtained from the ticket office. There were public toilet facilities in the High Street but these were closed in May 2008; now the nearest facilities are at Cowdenbeath Leisure Centre, a short walk from the High Street.

The nearest bus stops, public phones and taxi rank are in the High Street.


The Edinburgh and Northern Railway was the first company to serve Cowdenbeath from 1848,[1] with the Kinross-shire Railway line to Kinross opening 12 years later in 1860 (this later became part of the most direct rail route between Edinburgh and Perth). This though followed a more southerly course through the town than the present alignment, which was built & commissioned by the North British Railway in June 1890 as part of the programme of works associated with the new Forth Rail Bridge. The station here was opened on this date, with the original depot becoming Cowdenbeath Old. A connecting chord was subsequently built to link the 'New' station to the 1848 E&NR route and from March 1919, all passenger services were routed this way. The 1848 station & line serving it was then closed to passengers, although it remained open for through goods traffic until 1966 and to serve a colliery at the western end until 1978.[1][2]

The opening of the Dunfermline and Queensferry Railway in 1877 and the Glenfarg Line linking Kinross with Bridge of Earn meant that the new station was served from the outset by main line expresses between Edinburgh and Perth (some of which continued on to Inverness via the Highland Main Line) as well as local trains toward Stirling (via Alloa) & Thornton Junction along the old E&NR route via Cardenden from 1919. All the routes in the area became part of the London and North Eastern Railway at the 1923 Grouping and the Scottish Region of British Railways upon nationalisation of the railway network in January 1948.

The station was not listed for closure in the 1963 Beeching Report, but it lost many of its services in the years that followed - trains to the coast were withdrawn beyond Cardenden in October 1969, whilst the Kinross and Perth line was closed to all traffic just a few months later (on 5 January 1970) leaving only the route to Dunfermline & Edinburgh in operation. Cowdenbeath thereafter became the terminus for most trains, with only a limited number of peak period services continuing through to Cardenden.[3] This remained the situation until the line beyond there to Thornton Junction was reopened and the Fife Circle Line service introduced in 1989.


Monday to Saturday daytimes there is generally a half-hourly service southbound to Edinburgh and an hourly service northbound towards Glenrothes with Thornton (and back to Edinburgh) on the Fife Circle Line.[4]

In the evenings and on Sundays there is an hourly service in each direction.


  1. ^ a b Railscot - E&N Dumfermline Branch; Retrieved 30 January 2014
  2. ^ Railscot - Cowdenbeath Loop Railscot; Retrieved 30 January 2014
  3. ^ BBC - Domesday Reloaded: Cowdenbeath Railway Station; Retrieved 2014-01-30
  4. ^ GB National Rail Timetable December 2016, Table 242

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