North to Fife

I was going to simply call this section 'Fife' but I realised that I don't have many photographs taken in the Kingdom!  I decided therefore to cheat a bit and also include shots taken between Edinburgh and the River Forth.

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I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate in an official walk across the Forth Rail Bridge.  In fact I have been on three of these trips, although the weather was not very favourable for photography on two of them.  I suspect that it was easier to arrange these visits when dealing with British Rail and feel privileged to have seen this magnificent structure at close quarters.  In this view, taken on 29 April 1987 from the top of the southern stone tower, a Class 101 DMU heads towards Fife on a service from Edinburgh.  The white building in the background at ground level is the Hawes Inn at South Queensferry.


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Taken from rail level, this photograph shows a southbound Class 101 DMU heading towards Edinburgh on 29 April 1987.


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Passing two of the party (it was only on the third visit to the bridge that health and safety restrictions meant that hard hats and hi-vis vests had to be worn!), 47710 heads the 1200 Aberdeen - Edinburgh on 29 April 1987.


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Travelling on the line from Fife, 20192+20212 approach Carrick Knowe with a southbound freight train on 8 September 1986.


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26031 is seen at Maybury, on the western outskirts of Edinburgh, with a southbound ballast train on 25 April 1984.


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In a photograph taken over 2 years later 26031 is seen again, now with a change of livery into the original Railfreight colour scheme.  It is seen approaching Carrick Knowe on 8 September 1986 with the 1331 Kirkcaldy - Edinburgh.  Class 26s and 27s had taken over these trains briefly in the late summer because of a DMU shortage.  More information about this can be found at the 6LDA site.


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Another photograph of the Kirkcaldy services on 8 September 1986 has 26046 at Carrick Knowe with the 1431 Kirkcaldy - Edinburgh.


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Also at Maybury on 25 April 1984, 27054 heads towards Edinburgh with a train from Dundee.


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Locomotive hauled services were in abundance in late summer 1986.  As well as the Kirkcaldy workings, services to Dundee were formed of locomotives and coaches.  In this photograph 47486 is seen at Carrick Knowe with the 1330 Dundee - Edinburgh on 8 September 1986.


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The last of the Class 47/4 conversions of the early to mid 1980s, 47665, heads the 1410 from Edinburgh to Aberdeen past Carrick Knowe on 19 June 1987.


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On 14 July 1985 a Class 101 DMU approaches Dalmeny with the 1620 Edinburgh - Dundee.


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A Class 120/101 DMU formation at Carrick Knowe on 19 June 1987 with the 5K41 ECS from Haymarket Depot to Rosyth Dockyard.  The train would form an unadvertised passenger service between the dockyard and Inverkeithing for employees at the naval establishment before becoming an advertised service within Fife from Inverkeithing.  There was an inward service taking workers to the dockyard in the mornings.