"...the booking office there ran out of tickets. And crowds greeted the train at every station along the line, with more passengers boarding at practically every stop. Cameras clicked and whirred as the diesel made its way round the coast with visitors, locals, enthusiasts and ex-railwaymen taking their last look at the East Neuk countryside from inside a British Rail train."
Provost James Braid captured the sentiment of the day in his comment that "This closure is a tragedy. Every single person here feels it is a tragedy." He had spear-headed the fight to try to keep the line open and even at this point clung to the hope that the line may resume as a private enterprise. This would prove not to be, however, making the 18:20 service, driven by Jimmy Dobson, the last passenger train after all.
"As the train made its last run into Leven station, the clouds opened and the rain came down, as if weeping in sympathy....And then it was all over and the only sound left was the splattering of rain on the lines which had carried the last train from the East Neuk...."
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