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The Fife Coast Express at Leven, 1912.
The Fife Coast Express at Leven, 1912.
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A new book charting the fascinating history of Leven’s bygone railway line has just been published by three enthusiastic authors.

The 320-page Leven and East of Fife Railway tells the story of the 20-mile branch between Thornton Junction and Anstruther, which was built in stages from 1853 and opened a year later.

It is the work of seasoned authors Alan Simpson, Andrew Hajducki and Mike Jodeluk, who published The St Andrews Railway, and The Anstruther and St Andrews Railway in 2009.

Alan, a Kirkcaldy accountant, said: “At first the railway used its own locos and second-hand carriages to operate trains and did so successfully until 1877 when it was acquired by the North British Railway Company.

“Although part of the line was abandoned, the original section remained intact and the resumption of coal traffic from Thornton is an indication that one day the line may once again see regular passenger trains running between Leven and Edinburgh after an absence of more than 40 years.”

The Leven and East of Fife Railway is published by Oakwood Press at £19.95.

Go to www.oakwoodpress.co.uk for more details.

The trio plan to publish a fourth book, The East Fife Central Railway, next year.