The Railway Station Building
Wed 30th Oct. 2013
Built around 1890 as the bridgehead station at the north end for the Forth Bridge Railway Company, now listed Grade B by Historic Scotland.
The station building opening was on 1st July 2014. The new cafe is now also open - with variable opening hours depending on the time of year. The final stage of this project will be completed by February 2015.
The station was erected originally as a pair of ranges on opposite platforms. Only the east block now survives. Similar station buildings were re-built (by the North British Railway Company) at Inverkeithing. The station at North Queensferry forms part of the North Approach Railway and was built as part of the Forth Bridge (see separate listing) construction master plan. The North Approach Railway is just over 3km in length commencing from the abutment at the north end of the Forth Bridge and terminating at Inverkeithing at the former junction with the North British Railway. The northern approach also includes the large viaduct at Jamestown (see separate listing). In the late 1980s, the remaining station building was closed and the platform window openings boarded up. It now operates as an unmanned station (2002)
In 2012 the station building was leased from First Scotrail by North Queensferry Station Trust for the purpose of restoration to its original condition. Support for the project was received from Transport Scotland and First Scotrail under the Stations Community Regeneration Scheme (SCRF), Railway Heritage Trust, Fife Council and local volunteers.
Work for phase 1 of the project commenced in July 2013 on the refurbishment of the roof and the reinstatement of water and electrical services. Joinery work was done to refurbish all doors, windows, flooring and the paneling. A thorough clean of the interior and redecoration started followed by the removal of the hoardings that have kept the interior ‘dark’ for nearly 25 years.
The Trust’s plan has included transforming the former ticket office used as a visitor information centre and café. The former general waiting room used again as a comfortable waiting room but also available for use privately by local community groups. The former ladies waiting room to be used as a ’Railway themed Exhibition’ area managed by the North Queensferry Heritage Trust. The Heritage Trust, with help from volunteers, plans to exhibit railway travel linked artifacts from local sources as well as recalling the part Scottish industry played in the wider world of the railway story.
Here is a detailed description of the building:
A single storey rectangular-plan station with timber footbridge to south over railway. Later 20th century single storey flat-roof rectangular plan shed to west of rail line with commemorative Forth Bridge centenary mosaic (1990). Timber built station on brick base to.east elevation with 8 blind painted windows and cill course. To south elevation: 2-leaf timber boarded doors with moulded architrave and large round-arched fanlight. To west (platform) elevation: 3 timber panelled doors, timber framing (former central windows boarded up); full-length cantilevered awning with decorative valance; triangular roof ventilators to left. Pitched roof with graded grey slates; overhanging eaves with exposed rafters; coped brick ridge stacks; circular clay cans. Timber picket fencing along railway lining east and west platforms. Timber and steel-trussed footbridge to south
INTERIOR: 3 rooms to platform consisting of ladies waiting room; general waiting room; ticket office with original counters and storage shelves. Classical motif chimney pieces to ticket office and ladies waiting room with cast-iron fireplaces. Tongue and groove panelling to dado height throughout.