FHR History

To avoid any confusion going forward, Fife Heritage Railway is the operating name chosen by the Kingdom of Fife Railway Preservation Society (KFRPS for short) for all works undertaken at Kirkland Sidings, Methil, Fife, and for our charity fundraising endeavours.

The Kingdom of Fife Railway Preservation Society was incorporated in 1992 in order to formalise the group of volunteers known as the Fife Railway Preservation Group  who had been the band of Volunteers who owned the rolling stock used at the then closing Lochty Private Railway.  (The Lochty Private Railway closed in May of 1992, having operated from 1967 to 1992 as a museum and private railway on the tracks of a small mineral line.)

The KFRPS, as of 1992, did not own any premises suitable for the storage of the Lochty fleet – and so an arrangement was made to transport and store same at Methil Power Station between 1992 and 1994.  Whilst this transporting was taking place, a large variety of locations were surveyed as suitable for housing the collection, including Crail Aerodome, Lochore Meadows, Bowhill Colliery, and even the disused railway station at Kilconquhar Castle.  Ultimately, however, in 2001 Kirkland Yard was acquired – a former marshalling yard of some 21 acres.

After extensive work in site landscaping and track laying Kirkland Yard was ready, and the stock at Methil Power Station could finally come “home” in 2003.  During that time and continuing on to the present day, considerable work has been undertaken to create a half mile length of track, a 2 lane engine shed, and a good quantity of sidings.

In 2008 the doors were opened to the public for the first time, and visitors were welcomed on Saturdays and Tuesdays to spectate (and even help out!) on the various projects underway, as well as the more formal “open days” on the last Sunday of the month from April-December where passenger rides on the track were available using the diesel locomotive River Eden to pull passenger coaches.

The next project undertaken by Fife Heritage Railway was the restoration of Andrew Barclay 0-4-0 ST Number 10, named “Forth”.  This locomotive having been built in 1926 and formerly employed in duties at Granton Gas Works in Edinburgh.  This locomotive has it’s own dedicated page here on the website, but suffice to say the restoration was successful and it’s boiler fired in 2016.

Forth has been used to pull passenger coaches on the line’s open days ever since, and 2017 was the first fully themed Open Day schedule with successful Halloween and Santa Express days amongst many others.