Rail Books - Free UK Postage on Orders Above £10!
Cart 0
The St Andrews Railway

The St Andrews Railway

Regular price £11.50

The five mile branch line from Leuchars Junction, situated on the main line from Edinburgh to Aberdeen a short distance south of the Tay Bridge, to the ancient university city and home of golf, St Andrews, was but the first link of the coastal railway that eventually encircled East Fife. Built entirely by local interests and with local capital, the small and independent St Andrews Railway was a pioneer of the cheap railway movement, a reaction against spiralling costs, over-elaborate engineering and rapacious landowners. It prospered as its terminus attracted an increasing amount of traffic and eventually was absorbed by Scotland’s largest company, the North British. Carrying goods to St Andrews and the substantial traffic associated with the Guardbridge papermill, this single track branch line also carried considerable numbers of passengers, including joyful holidaymakers, expectant golfers, distracted academics, demure schoolgirls and reluctant servicemen.
Surviving Grouping, Nationalisation, and, in its last years, dieselisation, the Leuchars to St Andrews branch finally succumbed to closure in an era of hollow promises and unfulfilled hopes; even now, more than a generation later, there are still those who hope to resurrect the line and restore its fortunes.

Softback, 288 pages

ISBN: 9780853616733

Most orders are dispatched within two working days of receipt of cleared payment. If there is going to be a significant delay, we will endeavour to contact you and give you an estimated dispatch time.

Please be aware that advance orders will be sent as soon as the relevant book has been published. 

When placing your order, please ensure that you add the correct full shipping address to your order. This includes house number, street name, zip code/post code. If parcels are returned on account of an incorrect shipping address we will contact you to seek the correct address and also ask that you pay a contribution towards posting the parcel to you a second time. 


All orders over £10.00 are post free to all UK addresses. For orders of £10 or less, a £1.25 postage fee will be added. These are normally sent via Royal Mail 48 Hour which is not tracked. If you require tracking for your order please get in touch before placing your order and we will quote you for the costs of adding tracking to your order.

Large, bulky or high value orders may be split in to multiple consignments or sent via courier. There is no additional charge for this and we will contact you if this happens.


Overseas orders are charged based on weight, and postage will be automatically calculated at checkout. For a postage quotation, please add the items you want to your cart and proceed to the checkout. All orders are normally sent via Air Mail.

Royal Mail will only accept parcels up to 5kg in weight (2kg for Canada). If you are ordering multiple items that exceed these limits, please get in touch with us first so that we can advise you of the appropriate shipping rate.

Share this Product

More from this collection

More by Oakwood