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The Lochty Private Railway was an isolated stretch of one and a half miles of line that ran through the estate of J.B.Cameron in the middle of Fife when I was there in 1986. It had an interesting mix of rolling stock. The Railway has since closed, and the line has been taken up.
Since I wrote that piece in 2006, I have since heard from Jim Rankin, vice chairman of the Kingdom of Fife Railway Preservation Society. Jim writes:
Our stock has been taken out of storage and put onto our own 20 acre site in 2003. Since then we have laid around 1/2 a mile of track and have managed a few open days over the past 3 or 4 years. We have a substantial workshop and have collected many machine tools required to maintain and restore our stock. We are working towards having 3 or maybe even 4 (diesel) locomotives running this year. Thanks to our many friends, our open days have a very wide and varied selection of exhibits - from vintage cars to steam powered road vehicles. It is hoped that in the very near future we will be able to offer more regular open days and a steam locomotive working our yard.
We have great ambition and plenty of realistic aims but we require more volunteers on the ground. It is hoped that steam power, will be the impetus for more people becoming more involved.
Our website has news regarding our progress and is regularly updated with new pictures and information.
Jim Rankin (vice chairman)
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