CELEBRATING FIFE'S RAILWAYS.
By the end of the nineteenth century Fife, like most of central Scotland, had a fairly extensive railway network serving the towns and country, moving the people and products of its varied industries and agriculture around. In this comprehensive book, local photographer and railway enthusiast Michael Mather examines the railways of Fife, looking at the network over the period from the end of steam traction to the present day.
The Railways of Fife covers the stations and locomotives on the main line through the kingdom from the Forth Bridge to the Tay Bridge, the Dunfermline Branch and the Perth line before looking at freight, closed lines, preservation and steam specials, giving a cross-section of how things have changed on the railways in Fife since the 1960s.
Michael has lived in Fife all his life and is married with a grown up daughter and two granddaughters. He is a bus driver with Stagecoach East Scotland, based at Glenrothes Depot and was a delivery and fork lift driver prior to this. Before taking up driving he worked for 18 years in a grain mill which supplied barley to the Scotch Whisky industry. His interest in railways goes back fifty years and he has been photographing railway subjects for most of this time. He is a member of the support crew which looks after the two main line registered steam locomotives, 60009 Union of South Africa and 61994 The Great Marquess.