The Railways of East Fife

The Railways of East Fife


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Compiled by Ian Lamb

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The railway map of East Fife covers from Dysart in the south to Leuchars Junction in the north, Crail in the east and Ladybank in the west. The whole steeped in railway history with everything from express to local services and of course goods of various types. Fortunately one man in particular, W A C ‘Bill’ Smith, was a prolific photographer of both the trains and the infrastructure in the area during the 1950s and 1960s, this album a tribute not only to his work but also to a lost transport scene now rapidly fading from memory.

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Weight 540 g
Dimensions 24 × 18.5 cm












4 reviews for The Railways of East Fife

  1. 5 out of 5

    Karen Hughes

    This is another great Transport Treasury/Totem Publishing book. If you have any interest in the railways of East Fife then you’ll find a lot of interest here. It is a hardback book, printed on good quality glossy paper with informative captions. I was particularly pleased that a lot of the photos captured the stations and buildings as well as the locomotives, which gives a much better sense of ‘place’. The picture quality is also good throughout.

    I’d love to see a similar book covering West Fife!

  2. 5 out of 5


    Following on from my previous purchase of The Steam Railway of East Scotland, I had been looking forward to this book since it was mentioned that it was in the making. Having stayed in Anstruther in the 1960’s and having travelled regularly by rail, it was a no-brainer for purchase. The many images are excellent and capture some of the not too often photographed locations in the region, which is good. Comments I would make are:- Page 42 the correct naming of St Monance Station (and town) was correct for this period photograph with the town reverting back again to the much earlier used St Monans in the 1970’s, confusing I know. Page 49 mentions “Crowhill Farm” which should read Crawhill Farm and the “square tower of the distant church” is indeed the bell tower at Waid Acadamy, the churches in Anstruther all having steeples. Page 74 (top) is not as described, certainly it is a B1 but 61102 (not 61403) and is certainly not “Old Leuchars” but Dysart station, with the image of course being incorrectly used/described. Nevertheless, these comments are being very picky and do not detract from the immense interest and enjoyment achieved for this long awaited volume, hence I still give it a 5 star rating and recommend it to all interested.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Derek Van Ryne

    I bought the excellent “The Steam Railway – East Scotland” a while ago and when I saw that this book was being produced immediately added it to my wish list. Being old enough to have travelled on the East Fife Coastal Line I was looking forward to seeing the photos of it. I was not disappointed. This is an excellent book and for anyone who loved the steam railway north of the border especially on the eastern side of of Scotland I would thoroughly recommend they get a copy whilst it is available !!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Craig McIntosh

    This book is very good value for the price. I will always buy a book on Scottish railways from the Transport Treasury. In fact I bought it without seeing it which nowadays is unusual for me given the price of books nowadays. I was not disappointed. When I lived in Glasgow going to Pittenweem and Anstruther on our annual two week holiday in the 1950s and up to the mid 1960s was magic for my brother and I,they were our favourite places. This book brings back nostalgic memories for me as in the fifties we always travelled from Glasgow Queen Street by train over the Forth Bridge and then via Thornton Jct and on to the Fife Coast line.
    I highly recommend it and look forward to other Scottish Railway books from the Transport Treasury.

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