Rail group flags up special days

Part of KFRPS' collection, the working diesel engine 'River Eden'
Part of KFRPS' collection, the working diesel engine 'River Eden'

Rail devotees in Leven are signalling a desire to help more groups around the community boost their profile during a series of open events.

The Kingdom of Fife Railway Preservation Society, based at the Kirkland sidings, near the Burnmill estate, has identified a succession of Sundays in 2015 as open days, in which it will be running its train and offering trips to fare-paying passengers as part of an insight into it and its work.

However, while staging its own attractions, it also hopes to make its premises available for other events, allowing different groups the chance to raise awareness of their activities at the same time.

It’s all part of KFRPS’ aims to become more of a recognised community group, rather than being known mainly for a specialist interest.

Vice-chairman Jim Rankin explained: “We have decided that the last Sunday of the month, from April to October, will be running days for our railway.

“It is hoped more and more of these days will be adopted by other groups/societies/clubs, or just interested parties, to hold their own events at Kirkland.

“We would like groups who can attract visitors to our site and expand their own aims in the process.

“We have held open days in the past and most have been themed around vintage vehicles.

“This we intend to do in the future too, but we do not see vintage vehicles being the only form of event that could take place.”

Events such as farmers’ markets, craft fairs and others were feasible, said Mr Rankin – indeed, there was scope for a great deal of diversity and variety.

“If any group wishes to see what we can offer or wants more information regarding these open days, they are welcome to get in touch,” he added.

Mr Rankin can be contacted on email via corerankin@gmail.com or by phoning 01592 840590.