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Report - Kirkcaldy Corporation Tramways, Fife - March 2016

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  1. sherbetdab

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    Kirkcaldy Corporation Tramways power station

    The power station was commissioned by the local authority and located in Victoria Road, Kirkcaldy. It was specially built to power the tramway. Construction began in 1899 to designs by local architect William Williamson, with the contractor McLaughlan of Larbert. Three Stirling boilers with five steam engines by Browett, Lindley & Co of Patricroft, drove alternators from Lawrence Scott and Electromotors of Norwich. The first power was produced in December 1902.

    The Kirkcaldy Tramway had two main routes, a lower one extending into Dysart, and the upper one connecting with the Wemyss and District Tramways Company line. Both routes were linked by connections on Whytescauseway and St Clair Street.

    Despite a report from Alexander Kennedy and Sydney Donkin which recommended upgrading the system, the corporation failed to act, and system reliability was affected. In 1928, a bus service provided direct competition with the tram service.

    Services were closed on 15 May 1931. Some of the tramcars remained in service with the Wemyss and District Tramways Company until this closed in 1932.

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    thats pretty nice
     
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    No thats absolutely gorgeous, surely protected? Or was it converted to some other use and just survived because of an occupying business.
     
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    its meant to be Dempsey, but then again so was Nairns and this was pulled down last year. the place is in a very sorry state
     
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    I really like that mate - Looks very naturally decayed.
     
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    Very nice, cheers for posting :thumb
     
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    Good to see some more scottish stuff.
     
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