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Written by Robert Clarke - 31 Jan 2008
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Location notes
A large playing field, used as a public park, and as rugby union pitches for the Dunfermline High School, which it sits behind, this location is located on the Fife Circle, and is also at the junction of the branch to Longannet.
At this location is also the Dunfermline depot of Stagecoach in Fife. A driver at the depot, Walter Burt, has set up a website, detailing the history and present day scene of Stagecoach in Fife and its predecesors.
Railway type and traffic
Passenger services are provided by First Scotrail, using class 158 and 170 DMUs, and the route is a diversionary route if the East Coast line is closed. Should this be the case, expect to see extra DMUs, as well as more freight, HSTs, and cross country voyagers.
Freight is mainly DB Schenker class 66s hauling MGR trains.
Environment
This is a public playing field, which is also used by Dunfermline High School. Therefore, bear in mind that at times, classes may be taking place. AFAIK there are very few floodlights, so not worth the visit after dark. The area is pure grass, so be careful if it is wet.
There is no shelter, so if it rains, you will need to hurry back to your car etc.
Road directions
From the M90, Junction 2:
Exit and follow the road to the end. Then follow signs for Dunfermline, and stay on this road, which is dual carriageway, and after the second set of traffic lights, take the 3rd exit at the Asda roundabout. To reach the location from here, see parking, and look for directions from the bus stop.

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Dunfermline, St Leonards playing field map co-ordinates
Parking
There is parking in Asda, for three hours.
From Asda, cross the road turn right, and head towards the railway viaduct, with the bus depot on your left. Turn left into Whirlbut Crescent. See public transport for directions from there.
Public transport
The nearest train station is Dunfermline Town. From there, leave the station, and head towards the 'Jet' petrol station on St. Leonards Street/Bothwell street. Once there, cross the road, and head into Whirlbut Crescent. Turn left, and follow the road around until you see an opening taking you up to some wooden garages. Follow this path, with the bus depot on your left. Your route may seem unlikely, but keep going, as you will come onto the playing field, and have the school and bus depot behind you, and the railway on an embankment.
The nearest bus stops are on St Leonards Street, outside Asda, and outside the bus garage. From either stop, head towards the railway viaduct, turn left into Whirlbut Crescent, and follow directions as above

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Amenities
None in the immediate area. Asda has toilets, while the city centre is a short drive or bus trip away.
Accommodation
Plenty in Dunfermline, or see the Visit Scotland website.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
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Dunfermline, St Leonards playing field

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Dunfermline, St Leonards playing field general view map
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Dunfermline, St Leonards playing field



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Photographic notes
The main thing to consider is that you will get very little warning of a train, due to the presence of buildings. In addition, if there are classes on the playing fields, you may have to move to allow them to take place. This will also affect video noise. The photos below were taken on a Saturday.


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


Fig 1 - Looking south west


Fig 2 - Looking west


Fig 2 - Looking west


Fig 3 - The bus depot


Fig 3 - The bus depot


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