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The St Andrews Railway
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The St Andrews Railway

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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

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