Rail campaign gets boost from actor Russell

Eugene Clarke from LRMC with actor Clive Russell, who has signed the petition to have the line reinstated.
Eugene Clarke from LRMC with actor Clive Russell, who has signed the petition to have the line reinstated.

The Levenmouth Rail Campaign has received the backing of another Scottish star, keen to see the line reinstated.

Game of Thrones star Clive Russell is backing the campaign to re-open the Thornton-Leven line, and recently signed the petition appealing for its reinstatement.

I remember going on Sunday School trips on the train. We went to Ladybank and it was a great adventure with streamers and all that kind of stuff

Clive Russell

The actor, who was brought up in Leven and went to Buckhaven High, said he had good memories of the line when it was operating.

“I remember going on Sunday School trips on the train. We went to Ladybank and it was a great adventure with streamers and all that kind of stuff.

“And of course it was great for getting across to Edinburgh for the rugby.”

Signing the petition a few weeks ago, he commented that it was a bit of a “no brainer” and the proposed cost seemed insignificant in view of the benefits the line would bring.

Clive who now lives in Cellardyke, spoke to Eugene Clarke, chairman of LMRC, before heading off to film a new series of the Amazon Prime series, Ripper Street.

He added that he was particularly keen on the environmental benefits of the line and hoped that Transport Scotland give the project its full support.

The actor’s backing comes just a few months after world-famous Levenmouth artist David Mach lent his support to the campaign.