Burntisland 1883 Wins Again

The incomparable ‘historic document’ that is the model railway recreation of Burntisland’s original terminus station, docks and pioneering roll on roll off train ferry has won another award.

The layout has been gradually developed over the past fifteen years and is now almost finished.

One of the final buildings is the Roundhouse (recreated by Lindsay Galloway) which won a prize at last weekend’s Scalefour Society’s Scaleforum in Aylesbury. The whole layout won the best prize too! (It also won in 2005 when it was fairly new.)

The layout is expected to tour exhibitions for about another seven years. (It’s due to be on display in Burntisland again next year.)

And then? There is a possibility it will find a permanent home in the town. Perhaps it will form an important part of highlighting the varied and interesting history and heritage of Burntisland that the Heritage Centre does a great job of recording and highlighting.


The Roundhouse has a camera inside so visitors can see the turntable rotate

The only remaining trace of the Roundhouse is in the name “Roundhouse Carpark”.

Walk ON Sessions at Burntisland Library Begin TODAY (Monday 30th)


Poster in the Library

“Each session starts with a short walk, starting and ending at the library of around 30 to 40 minutes, followed by an informal book chat in the library over a cuppa.

“Sessions run monthly on Mondays starting at 1:30 and if you’d like to come along today, just turn up 10 minutes before the start time and we’ll get you signed up.”

REMEMBER – Burntisland Bonfire and Fireworks Early Warning – REMEMBER


Yesterday’s on-site planning meeting to calculate cone requirements (and much more)

Yes it’s coming round again.

As usual, it’s on the 5th (of November of course!) this year it’s TUESDAY.

Burntisland’s Bonfire night (on The Links) is one of the highlights of the Town’s year.

Thousands turn up, too many come by car and find it hard to get parked and lose patience with the time it takes to leave again.

This year there is a fireworks display in Kirkcaldy at the same time, so perhaps fewer people will come to Burntisland.

Because of traffic issues in previous years, Burntisland’s Events Group (the volunteers who organise Bonfire Night) is applying for a TTRO – which was the primary reason for the meeting involving Fife Council, the Police and Events Group.

The result will be that the Police will have the power and (with the help of parking attendants) the ability to enforce normal and special parking restrictions. (There may even be tow-away zones.)

If you have to come by car, REMEMBER the Links car park will have some Shows on part of the tarmac and will be primarily for blue badge holders.

The usual Tuesday Mass at St. Joseph’s has been cancelled, so there will be car parking there (as in previous years).

The Sands and Kingswood have parking for patrons.

Make a night of it, come early. Various places to eat and drink – some will be open later than normal Tuesdays (more info nearer the night.)

It’s hoped that several ScotRail trains will make an additional stop at Burntisland – like last year. Also it is expected that with this year’s enhanced traffic control the buses will be able to run closer to time.

Much work has already been going on behind the scenes, but extra volunteers are always needed on the day to help build the bonfire and collect donations (plus various other useful tasks).

REMEMBER: This, is a fun family event. It’s FREE, but although Fife Council gives a grant, it doesn’t cover all the costs. Please give generously.

REMEMBER: no guarantee for a warm, windless evening, or a week without rain so the Links could be damp/soggy. So, dress sensibly with wise footwear.

REMEMBER: Leave the car at home or offer lifts to other thinking of driving. Come early and/or leave late to avoid too much waiting in a traffic jam. The Shows continue after the Fireworks as do various pubs and takeaways.

REMEMBER drinking alcohol in the streets and on the Links is illegal.

REMEMBER to tell your friends – txt, phn, FB, Twitter, letter etc.