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The newest railway station in Fife, at the time of writing (February 2006), this station is located in the east of Dunfermline, on the Fife circle. The station sits exactly on the site of the former Halbeath junction, which was removed in 1970. This was the junction of the Dunfermline upper and Oakley line, which is now closed. The width of the bridge to the east of the station gives a clue as to the presence of a former line.
A marshalling yard sits to the east of the station, and is visible from the eastbound (Cardenden bound) platform.
Railway type and traffic
Serviced by First Scotrail trains on Fife circle workings, using class 158s, but more often 170s.
The DB Schenker marshalling yard is used for shunting HAA hoppers, on coal trains to and from Longannet power station, and this produced class 66 locos.
The line is also a diversion route, if the East Coast Main Line is closed between Inverkeithing and Kirkcaldy.
In the eastern area of Dunfermline, the station sits on an embankment, and so can get rather chilly at times! The station is located in a new posh area, and there is CCTV throughout. Nevertheless, just be cautious at all times.
From the M90, Junction 2:
Head for Dunfermline on the A907. When you pass the Arnold Clark showroom, you need to go into the right hand lane, and then follow the signs for Queen Margaret hospital. Head up the hill, and then take the first right, and the first right again, to reach the station car park.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Dunfermline, Queen Margret Station map co-ordinates
There is a car park at the station, but during daytimes Monday - Friday, this is very busy. If you can not get a space at the station, park in the nearby streets, but do park carefully, not on the pavement, and not in front of peoples driveways.
Do not park in the car park of the hospital, which is 5 minutes walk away. This is for staff and visitors only.
Should you still struggle for a space, you will need to park in the Halbeath retail park, and walk back to the station (10-15 minutes).
The station is served by First Scotrail
. Bus services call at the road next to the station, and are operated by stagecoach Fife. In addition, some services do not serve the road that the station sits on, but serve Halbeath Road instead, such as route 19. All times can be found at Stagecoach - Fife
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There is nothing next to the station. There will be toilets and a cafe in the Queen Margaret Hospital, otherwise, you will need to go to the Halbeath retail Park. To get there, head to the traffic lights at the crossroads, turn left, and follow the road all the way up.
A Travelodge sits near the retail park, just off the M90 interchange. Otherwise see Visitscotland.com
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Running on an east west axis, the sun will be in the east in the morning, the west in the evening. The marshalling yard is just visible, and, on a clear day with a zoom lens, you can see the yard and get shots of the locos. The view east is a long one, and you can then be prepared for a shot. This is all from the eastbound platform though, which offers better shots.
Looking west, the preceding view is short, due to the nature of trees and buildings. As the line speed is slow, you will have a short time to prepare. In this direction, you would find it best to use the westbound platform, though the car park, which sits next to the eastbound platform, gives a good vantage point as well.
There is a footbridge over the tracks, which can be used in either direction.
General views - All photographs © Robert Clarke unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking west
Fig 2 - Looking west
Fig 3 - Looking east
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