The East Fife Central Railway, The Lochty Line - Oakwood Press - The Vale of Rheidol Railway
The Vale of Rheidol Railway

The East Fife Central Railway, The Lochty Line - Oakwood Press

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The East Fife Central Railway, perhaps better known to all and sundry as the ‘Lochty Line’, was a rural byway with an interesting but somewhat sad history and, although it never lived up to the expectations of its promoters, it nevertheless managed to hang on to life until the era of Beeching and economic reality. From a junction with the Leven and East of Fife line near to the Haig distillery at Cameron Bridge, this most obscure of country railways valiantly climbed at a steady but taxing gradient through Kennoway and into that area of little known upland known as the Rigging of Fife. The line, having exhausted the meagre traffic possibilities of the village of Largoward and the farms around it then managed to end its 14½ mile wanderings by petering out near to the farm of Lochty, a place that was of little consequence and lay literally in the middle of nowhere. Such industrial potential as the line might have had was lost early on and for 50 years or more the lightly loaded thrice-weekly trains that served this unimportant limb of the North British managed to carry an ever-decreasing amount of coal and agricultural produce to the scattered communities of this beautiful inland area of the part of the county better known for its nearby seaside resorts and harbours of the East Neuk.

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