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Railway World
June 1970 - Volume 31: Issue 361
the Wemyss Private Railway


Railway World June 1970 Wemyss Private Railway by Michael J Fox

The Wemyss Private Railway
Article with images by Michael J Fox
Page 249 - 253 (concluded on page 280)

Article consists of 5 pages, with 6 images (all black and white, 1 illustration with supporting text.

Great spread of photographs all black and white. Photographs and article by Michael J Fox.

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The Kingdom of Fife retains a number of interesting industrial railways, but none is as expansive or fascinating as the Wemyss Private Railway. Its most obvious charms lie in its appearance and operation; it provides a microcosm of the traditional equipment which is disappearing so rapidly from our railways. It is immensely refreshing to see a Private Railway train in full cry, with a steam locomotive at the head of up to 30 wooden wagons, and one of the company's brake vans bringing up the rear. The trains to and from Lochhead Colliery still have about 4 miles in which to show their paces against a most varied backcloth of open farmland, woods, house-backs, collieries, railway yards and docks. The route, which is fully signalled, involves severe gradients combined in some cases with sharp curvature. Finally, an equally real contribution to the enjoyment of a visit to the line is the friendliness of the operating staff.’   Michael J Fox.

Images in this magazine:

page 249: Wemyss Private Railway Barclay 0-6-0T No. 19 passes through yard at East Wemyss with a coal train from Lochhead Colliery to Denbeath Washery on May 13, 1968.

page 250: Map showing the extent of the Wemyss Private Railway and its relations with the North British Railway, the various collieries, washing plant and port facilities.

page 251: NCB No. 15 in the East Fife numbering scheme was formerly a Wemyss engine of the same number. It is shunting washed coal past WPR engines Nos 17 and its successor as No. 15. WPR Austrity
0-6-0ST No. 15 heads a train near East Wemyss for Methil on April 25, 1967.

page 252: WPR No. 15 approaches the washer with coal from Methil BR sidings on June 12, 1960. WPR No. 19 storms up from Methil to the reversing loop by the washer with empties for Lochhead on February 12, 1968.

Page 253: WPR No. 20 passes Scott’s Road Sidings with a coal train from Lochhead to Denbeath on February 9, 1970.

WPR Railway World June 1970 Cover

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