Michael Laing (rock_dinosaur) wrote,
Michael Laing

Trains at Sinclairtown, Dysart and Inverkeithing

Another series of self-developed and -printed photos taken during the summer holidays with my father's Yashica TL-Electro SLR. I'd have been in between fourth year and fifth year at high school by this time. Even now, there are few things I enjoy more than hanging around by the railway and watching the trains go by, but it's all vastly more predictable these days and the motive-power is a great deal less impressive.

A class 101 3-car DMU heads north past Sinclairtown in what was then a heavily-industrialised area of Kirkcaldy, Fife, on an Edinburgh-Dundee service on 6th July, 1979. Fife Forge, and Nairn's huge linoleum factories in the distance are now almost all either derelict or demolished.

English Electric Type 1 (Class 20) No. 20 111 arrives at the Frances Colliery exchange sidings at Dysart with a train of loaded 16-ton mineral wagons from Frances Colliery, 'The Dubbie Pit', on 6th July, 1979.

Whilst shunting its train of loaded 16-ton mineral wagons into the Frances Colliery exchange sidings at Dysart, English Electric Type 1 (Class 20) No. 20 111 is passed by another Class 20 on a northbound train of 24.5-ton mineral wagons on 6th July, 1979.

A 9-car ECS train formed of three Metropolitan-Cammell (Class 101) 3-car DMUs heads south towards Kirkcaldy and Edinburgh at Dysart on 6th July, 1979.

Having ventured slowly down the short branch from the Edinburgh-Dundee main line at Dysart on 6th July, 1979, English Electric Type 1 (Class 20) No. 20 111 approaches Frances Colliery prior to collecting a train of loaded coal wagons for the exchange sidings. On the left of the photo are 1920s four-apartment council houses in Cook Street, Dysart.

How times have changed. In 1979 I was able to walk into a working colliery and wander unchallenged around the sidings with my camera during shunting operations; I did this several times at Frances Colliery in Dysart, Fife, and no-one ever bothered me. Of course the colliery is long-gone, and nowadays it seems you can't even point a camera at a train without risk of confrontation with the police or sundry officialdom. Here, one of Frances Colliery's Andrew Barclay 0-4-0STs shuffles off to its shed at the end of its day's work on 6th July, 1979.

A pair of class 20s take a train of 32-ton merry-go-round wagons through the loading hopper at Seafield Colliery, Kirkcaldy, Fife, on 6th July, 1979. These trains, which ran between Seafield Colliery and Longannet Power Station near Kincardine in Fife, were worked by three class 20s - one at one end and two at the other, with a crew at each end - as the route entailed reversal at Dunfermline in order to gain access to the line from there to Longannet. This arrangement also allowed the operation of longer and heavier trains than could otherwise have been handled with the motive-power then available. The colliery was closed and its structures demolished shortly after the miners' strike of 1984, and the site is now occupied by a typically-banal modern housing-development.

English Electric Type 4 (Class 40) No. 40 061 opens up for the climb to Dalgety Summit with a heavy northbound cement train at Inverkeithing Central Junction on 6th July, 1979.

English Electric Type 4 (Class 40) No. 40 061 heads a northbound cement train past Inverkeithing Central Junction on 6th July, 1979.

BR Derby Type 2 (Class 25) No. 25 007 brings a northbound train of tank wagons round the curve between Inverkeithing Central and East Junctions on 6th July, 1979.

A Brush Type 4 (Class 47) approaches Inverkeithing East Junction with a northbound express on 6th July, 1979.

English Electric Type 4 (Class 40) No. 40 No. 40 173 passes Inverkeithing East Junction with an Edinburgh-bound express on 6th July, 1979.
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