|Location|| Thornton, Fife |
|Original company||Edinburgh and Northern Railway|
|Pre-grouping||North British Railway|
|Post-grouping||London and North Eastern Railway|
|17 September 1847||Opened as Thornton|
|1 July 1923||Name changed to Thornton Junction|
|6 October 1969||Closed|
Thornton Junction railway station served the village of Thornton, Fife, Scotland from 1847 to 1969 on the Fife Coast Railway.
The station opened on 17 September 1847 as Thornton by the Edinburgh and Northern Railway. It was situated north of the triangle junction. The name was changed to Thornton Junction by the LNER on 1 July 1923. The station closed to both passengers and goods traffic on 6 October 1969.
|Preceding station||Historical railways||Following station|
| Markinch |
Line and station open
| North British Railway |
Edinburgh and Northern Railway
| Dysart |
Line open, station closed
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