Cupar railway station

Cupar railway station is a railway station that serves the town of Cupar in Fife, Scotland. The station has two platforms, of which the southbound one (for trains to Edinburgh) is now wheelchair accessible. Services are provided by Abellio ScotRail and CrossCountry.

National Rail
Cupar railway station
LocationCupar, Fife
Coordinates56°19′03″N 3°00′31″W / 56.3174°N 3.0087°W / 56.3174; -3.0087Coordinates: 56°19′03″N 3°00′31″W / 56.3174°N 3.0087°W / 56.3174; -3.0087
Grid referenceNO376143
Managed byAbellio ScotRail
Other information
Station codeCUP
2015/16Increase 0.212 million
2016/17Decrease 0.198 million
2017/18Increase 0.201 million
2018/19Decrease 0.200 million
2019/20Decrease 0.184 million
Listed Building – Category B
Designated1 February 1972
Reference no.LB24292[1]
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road


The station was opened by the Edinburgh and Northern Railway in 1847 as the temporary northern terminus of the Tayport branch of their route along the Fife Coast. The line northwards to Tayport (for the ferry link to Dundee) was completed in 1850 and through running to Dundee over the first Tay Bridge began in 1878.

Accidents and incidentsEdit

  • On 23 October 1899, an express passenger train was in collision with a cattle train. One person was killed.[2]
  • On 4 July 1988 a Class 47 cement train derailed, demolishing a section of the bridge which carries the B940 over the railway. This was caused by excessive speed and a fault with the rail line.[3]


Weekday timetable

CrossCountry: CrossCountry operate three daily (Mon-Sat) services out of Dundee, calling at Cupar. Two of these are through trains to Plymouth via Leeds & Birmingham New Street, one of which continues to Penzance. The other is a late evening train that terminates at Edinburgh.

They also operate two northbound services to Dundee, one of which continues through to Aberdeen.[4]


1 tph to Edinburgh via Kirkcaldy, Inverkeithing and Haymarket.

3 tpd to Inverurie via Leuchars, Dundee, Arbroath, Montrose, Stonehaven, Aberdeen and Dyce. 1 tpd extended to Inverness in the evening (connections are otherwise available at Dundee).

1 tph to Dundee via Leuchars.

1 tpd to Carnoustie, via Leuchars, Dundee, Broughty Ferry, Balmossie, Monifieth, Barry Links and Golf Street.

Sunday services operate every two hours each way to Edinburgh & Dundee, with some extra evening trains.

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Springfield   Abellio ScotRail
Edinburgh to Aberdeen Line
Ladybank   CrossCountry
Cross Country Network
Station approach (1988)


  1. ^ "CUPAR RAILWAY STATION". Historic Scotland. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  2. ^ Trevena, Arthur (1981). Trains in Trouble: Vol. 2. Redruth: Atlantic Books. p. 9. ISBN 0-906899-03-6.
  3. ^ Mather, Michael (2018). Fife's Railways Remembered. Amberley Publishing. ISBN 9781445655765.
  4. ^ GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Table 51 (Network Rail)
  5. ^ GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Table 229 (Network Rail)