Burntisland railway station
|Scottish Gaelic: An t-Eilean Loisgte|
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|Number of platforms||2|
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The Edinburgh and Northern Railway chose Burntisland as its southern terminus, opening its main line north across Fife to Lindores & Cupar (branch line) in September 1847 (these were subsequently extended to Hilton Junction, near Perth and Tayport by the following summer).
From here a ferry service ran across the River Forth to Granton in the northern suburbs of Edinburgh (from where trains could be taken to various destinations across central and southwest Scotland). The present station here though dates from 1890, when the Forth Rail Bridge and associated connecting lines were opened to provide a direct route across the Forth estuary to Edinburgh Waverley.
Accidents and incidentsEdit
On 14 April 1914, an express passenger train hauled by NBR H class locomotive 872 Auld Reekie was in collision with a freight train that was being shunted. The cause of the accident was an error by the signalman. Two people were killed.
Two trains per hour call at the station off peak (Mon-Sat), running southbound to Inverkeithing and Edinburgh and northbound to Kirkcaldy & Glenrothes with Thornton. One of the latter then continues along the western side of the Fire Circle line back to Edinburgh via Cowdenbeath. Evenings see an hourly service, with some through trains beyond Kirkcaldy to Dundee or Perth, whilst on Sundays an hourly service operates each way around the Circle.
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Fife Circle Line
- Brailsford, Martyn, ed. (December 2017) . "Gaelic/English Station Index". Railway Track Diagrams 1: Scotland & Isle of Man (6th ed.). Frome: Trackmaps. ISBN 978-0-9549866-9-8.
- "Edinburgh & Northern Railway" Crawford, Ewan, Railscot; Retrieved 18 July 2016
- Hoole, Ken (1983). Trains in Trouble: Vol. 4. Redruth: Atlantic Books. p. 30. ISBN 0 906899 07 9.
- Table 242 National Rail timetable, May 2016
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