WEST OF FIFE MUNITIONS RAILWAY
The Shed47 Group was presented with the opportunity in early 2016 to acquire some 2ft gauge track, at the same time some of our members also bought locos and rolling stock from a peat works near Penicuik. Further stock including a steam locomotive and ex-MOD wagons are expected to join our collection in the near future. We are very grateful to the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum for the funding support allowing purchase of the track.
Since obtaining the narrow gauge track and rolling stock, a small but enthusiastic team from the Shed47 Group have started ground clearance for the Phase I track works, initial track laying commenced on 18th June 2016, the official birth of the West of Fife Munitions Railway. Phase 1 of the track is being laid along part of the original rail network installed by the MOD to serve the RNSD Lathalmond site adjacent to Gask Burn.
As from May 2018 visitors have been able to travel on our Phase 1 narrow gauge railway. We are now looking to take the railway over the Gask Burn with a long-term aim of visitors being able to take the train from east to west along the length of the site, with halts allowing interchange for heritage bus rides, before reaching the interchange station to take a ride on the standard gauge railway.
WHY THE NAME?
We are based adjacent to what was the West of Fife Mineral Railway, a system of branches north of Dunfermline built around 1864, so it was felt fitting to continue the use of the initials in a name that reflected our railway being based on the ex-MOD site. The bringing on site of some ex-munitions stock will continue this theme.
We are a small but enthusiastic group of volunteers who would like to hear from others interested in joining us to work on either the narrow gauge or standard gauge railway, no specialised training is required and there is a job waiting for everyone regardless of their own particular interest in railway preservation.
Our Narrow Gauge Team will shortly have their NG Diaries page available here where you can follow in much more depth the ongoing task of building a railway.