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Written by Robert Clarke - 21 Feb 2006
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Location notes
A station more famous for its gardens, a winner in the best kept small station awards 2005, and many other awards over the years, Aberdour sits on the south Fife coast, a couple of miles away from Dalgety Bay.
Burntisland and Kirkcaldy are further up north, Dunfermline city centre being 15 minutes drive away.
Railway type and traffic
Located on the East Coast Main Line, passenger trains dominate the scene. First Scotrail 158s and 170s on expresses to Aberdeen (non stoppers), and local workings to Markinch and the fife circle (which do call). East Coast HSTs and Virgin Voyagers also pass through non stop.
Freight traffic is mainly made up of DB Schenker class 66s, hauling MGR HAA hoppers on coal workings to and from Longannet. Once the line from Stirling to Alloa and Longannet reopens, in 2007, these workings will be diverted.
Environment
Aberdour is a quiet and picturesque village. During the summer, it is a popular location for its beach. The castle (chargeable admission) is next to the station, and can be seen from the platforms. During the winter, the village is much quieter.
Aberdour is such a peaceful location, that you should be safe, even at night.
Avoid wearing football colours. Some pubs deny you access if you are.
Road directions
The village of Aberdour is well signposted from Dalgety Bay. It is on the A921. From Kirkcaldy, follow signs for Burntisland, and once there, follow signs for Aberdour.
The railway station is visible from both directions.

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Aberdour Station map co-ordinates
Parking
There is a car park at the station. There is an overflow car park just beyond. There are no problems parking here.
Public transport
The village is served by First Scotrail trains.

Only one bus route passes through here, Stagecoach Fife route 7, which operates every 30 minutes during the day, hourly evenings and Sundays.

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Amenities
The station toilets are only available to intending passengers, and even then, only when the ticket office is open (06:30 - 10:00 Mondays to Fridays, 08:00-10:30 Saturdays). Otherwise, you will need to be a pub or cafe customer.
There are plenty of amenities in the main street, which the station is located on. Dalgety Bay is a short bus ride away, and there are some more shops located there.
Accommodation
Accommodation is limited in Aberdour, best contact tourist information. - www.visitscotland.com
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
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Aberdour Station

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Aberdour Station general view map
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Aberdour Station



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Photographic notes
The view southbound is very restricted, due to a sharp bend, and also the presence of the bridge carrying the road above. The line speed through the station is 40mph, so be ready for trains.
You do get a longer shot looking northbound.
If you can, get some pictures of the gardens. It is the centrepiece of the station, even more so than the trains!
Incidentally, do watch for shadows from the station building canopy, located on the southbound platform.


General views - All photographs © Robert Clarke unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking west


Fig 1 - Looking west

The modern road bridge dates from 2004, replacing the original structure from 1876

Fig 2 - Looking west


Fig 2 - Looking west

Notice the tight curvature of the track

Fig 3 - Looking east


Fig 3 - Looking east

Notice to the left of the bridge stairs an old signalbox. Until 1960, there was a goods yard, controlled by the signalbox. The goods yard, infact, was disused from 1949, but remained until lifting in 1960

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