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Opened in 1997, Dalgety Bay sits on the Fife section of the Scottish East Coast Main Line, between Inverkeithing and Aberdour, and serves the town of Dalgety Bay, created in the 1960s. It is a 10 minute drive from the Forth road bridge, and Dunfermline City Centre is 15 minutes away. The station is situated ¼ of a mile south of the old Donibristle halt, which served just a few houses, now absorbed into Dalgety Bay, and the Donibristle RAF depot, now Donibristle Industrial estate. That station closed in 1959.
Railway type and traffic
First Scotrail operates class 158s and 170s on Fife Circle, Markinch - Edinburgh stoppers, and Edinburgh - Perth/Inverness and Edinburgh - Aberdeen non stoppers. East Coast HSTs and Virgin Voyagers, again no stoppers, and the Caledonian Sleeper, complete the traffic.
Freight is mainly operated by DB Schenker, consisting of HAA hoppers to and from Longannet. Once the Stirling - Alloa - Kincardine line reopens, in 2007, these workings will probably cease. GB Railfreight also operates a weekly cement train from Aberdeen to England, and there may be other DB Schenker workings.
Dalgety Bay is not quite the middle of nowhere, but the station, whilst in a partial cutting, is open to the elements, and when I took figures 1 and 2, it was very windy. So, dress for the weather.
The station appears fairly safe, and is covered by CCTV. In addition, there are help points on each platform.
From the A90/M90:
Follow signs for Dalgety Bay.
Otherwise, from Kirkcaldy follow the A921 to Dalgety Bay, or from Kinghorn, Burntisland or Aberdour, follow signs for Dalgety Bay. The station is well signposted from the A921.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Dalgety Bay Station map co-ordinates
The car park at the station was expanded in July 2005, and this added 108 extra spaces. Thus, there are plenty of vacant spaces during the day. The car park, like the station platforms, is fully covered by CCTV.
serves the station with a 30 minute service from Edinburgh. Some trains go to Markinch, others head on the Fife Circle.
Some Stagecoach in Fife
services call at the bus stops next to the station. These are 79 and 81/a during the day, service 7 (evenings and Sundays).Important:
When using the bus, specifically ask for Dalgety Bay railway station. If you ask for Dalgety Bay, you will be charged a higher fare, as the town centre is in a different fare zone.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
The station is unstaffed, and the only facilities at the station are a shelter on each platform, and a ticket machine on the southbound platform. There is a BP garage across from the station, otherwise, you will need to go into Dalgety Bay town centre, which is a short drive, or 10 minutes walk away.
There is plenty of accommodation in Dunfermline.
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Dalgety Bay, as mentioned above, sits in a partial cutting, but is exposed. So, it can get windy. As well as this, the station sits between two bridges, and the view from the south is a wee bit longer than that from the north. A foot bridge links both platforms, and this provides more opportunities.
At the southern end of the car park, you can get some shots of trains as well, though you may find ladders useful here.
If you are making a video, the A921 is a busy road, so you will encounter traffic noise. In addition, the platforms can be a bit narrow in places, so try not to get in peoples way, especially at rush hour.
General views - All photographs © Robert Clarke unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking west
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