Established in 1992, The Kingdom of Fife Railway Preservation Society is a registered charity which is run entirely by unpaid volunteers. Our aim is to preserve Fife’s railway heritage. We own a 21 acre former railway marshalling yard and have constructed half a mile of track plus substantial sidings. Our restoration work is conducted in the “Colin Munro” shed which is well equipped with engineering machinery and work space
As a heritage railway, we are open to visitors and we have established a series of open days throughout the year in which restored trains will take passengers for demonstration trips.
We are always looking for volunteers who have an interest in steam railway, please see our joining page here Volunteers
Fife Heritage Railway is a heritage railway run by the Kingdom of Fife Railway Preservation Society which aims to showcase the heritage of the railways of Fife, based at on Kirkland Sidings, Methil, Scotland.
The Society was formed in 1992 after the closure of the Lochty Private Railway due to falling guest numbers and increased public liability premiums. Following the closure of the line, in May of the same year, the Kingdom of Fife Railway Preservation Society was formed to take over the former Lochty fleet. In 1994, the last of the fleet was moved from Lochty and moved to the now defunct Methil Power Station until the society could find a permanent home for its collection.
Various locations around Fife were looked at which included the former Crail Aerodrome, Lochore Meadows, Bowhill Colliery, part of the former Auctertool branch line, the former Wemyss Private Railway site at Scott’s Road and even the former Kilconquhar railway station, all of which proven unsuitable for various reasons. Finally in 2001, the society acquired Kirkland Yard, a former 21 acre railway marshalling yard on the outskirts of Leven and in 2003, the rolling stock was moved from the Power Station to their new home. Since then the KFRPS have since constructed half a mile of track plus substantial sidings, along with a two lane engine shed which is used for restoration work.
In 2016 the Fife Heritage Railway fired the first steam engine to run on a Fife heritage line since the closure of Lochty in 1992. Forth gained its boiler certificate in August which will run until 2020 when it is due for overhaul, after a brief “running in” period, Forth was brought into service during the last days of the 2016 working season. Over the winter, the painting will be completed in Wemyss Coal Company livery and a ceremony will be held for its re-naming.