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Located to the west of Dunfermline.
The branch starts at Charlestown Junction just to the south of the viaduct at Dunfermline Town station and runs downhill past Elbowend Junction where the mothballed line to the MOD Armament Depot at Crombie branches to the south.
The line continues through the villages of Crossford and Cairneyhill before it runs alongside the Firth of Forth at the villages of Torryburn and Newmills. The branch then turns inland for a short stretch when the ash lagoons separate the line from the shore running by the side of a small collection of cottages known as Low Valleyfield, once entering the ancient village of Culross (pronounced Coo-russ) when it regains the shore until turning to bisect the power station.
Railway type and traffic
There is no passenger service on this line
Single line from Charlestown Junction until the start of the power station unloading roads.
Traffic is now made up of DB Schenker Class 66ís hauling HAA type mgr wagons. It takes about twenty minutes from an empty train passing you at Culross to the earliest chance of a full one coming the other way as there are a number of 10 m.p.h restrictions on the branch.
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Very rural once clear of Dunfermline.
From the Forth Road bridge
Take the first exit (Junction 1
) after crossing into Fife, sign posted North Queensferry and Rosyth. Take the second exit at this roundabout and the first exit at the following roundabout, sign posted for Rosyth Euro Terminal. Continue on this road until you reach a third roundabout , take the second exit (Hilton Road) and continue along this road, passing the Royal Naval Shore establishment HMS CALEDONIA on your left hand side until you reach yet another roundabout. Take the second exit here and less than 100 yards you come to a T junction, turn left onto the A985 and follow this road until you pass under the mothballed line to Crombie Armament Depot, turn right up a side road signposted Crossford
. This road goes under the Longannet Branch. Leave your car before you go under the railway bridge and enter the field via the gate on your right hand side, walking uphill for about 200 yards and crossing the Crombie line by the boarded crossing.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Longannet - Elbowend Junction map co-ordinates
As per road directions
The nearest amenities are in Crossford which has two village shops, two rather up market hotels but no public toilets.
Various hotels / Bed and Breakfasts in Dunfermline, two hotels in Crossford, one hotel in both Cairneyhill and Culross.
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Longannet - Elbowend Junction
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Fig 1 - Looking west
Fig 2 - Looking east
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