Leuchars railway station
|for St Andrews|
|Managed by||Abellio ScotRail|
|Number of platforms||2|
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There are buses and taxis available to transfer passengers to nearby St. Andrews, which does not have its own railway station; integrated tickets with the destination "St Andrews Bus" are sold.
The station is located near the active airbase RAF Leuchars.
Station operator Abellio ScotRail announced plans during March 2008 to erect a wind turbine to meet the electricity requirements of the station, and hope to generate a small surplus of electricity which they can sell back to the National Grid. Leuchars will be the first station to be powered this way, and if the project, which was funded by Transport Scotland proves successful, it may be rolled out across other stations.
The original station for Leuchars was some 45 chains (900 m) north of the current station and was opened on 17 May 1848. It became the junction for St Andrews on 1 July 1852. It was closed to passengers when Leuchars Junction opened on 1 June 1878 but reopened as “Leuchars (old)” six months later. It finally closed to passengers on 3 October 1921 and to goods on 6 November 1967.
Leuchars Junction opened on the current site, just south of the junction for the Tay Bridge, on 1 June 1878. It consisted of an island platform with a south facing bay for branch line trains for St Andrews, and a north facing bay for trains on the old main line to Tayport.
On 30 June 1913, the station buildings at Leuchars Junction burnt to the ground. This was widely believed to be arson by suffragettes. The current buildings are those of the 1913 rebuilding. After the closure of the Tayport line in 1967 and the St Andrews branch on 6 January 1969 the station ceased to be a junction and the two bays were filled in. The station was subsequently renamed “Leuchars (for St Andrews)”.
- Weekday timetable
- Intercity trains
1 tpd to Aberdeen.
- Local trains
2 tph to Edinburgh.
1 tph to Dundee.
1 tpd to Carnoustie.
- "Turbine plan 'to power station'". BBC News Online (BBC). 2008-03-24. Retrieved 2008-03-24.
- Hajducki et al., The St Andrews Railway (The Oakwood Press, 2008), p.278
- Hajducki et al., The St Andrews Railway (The Oakwood Press, 2008), p.73
- Hajducki et al., The St Andrews Railway (The Oakwood Press, 2008), p.92
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