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Burntisland Emergency Railway Control Centre

A rather anonymous white-painted building on the south side of Lammerlaws Road in Burntisland (Fife), the Burntisland Railway Control Centre was built in 1955 as a part of a planned network of thirty Emergency Control Centres which would have run Britain's railway system had the Soviets attacked during the Cold War. Only four of these structures were built, the other three all in England. Comprising a concrete blockhouse measuring 35.5m (120 feet) by 12.1m (40 feet), the Burntisland centre was never completed and was abandoned in 1957. It is now operated as a Dive Shop.

Burntisland Railway Station had been an important hub on the railway network since it opened in 1847 and the town served as a regional control centre for the railways between 1920 and 1970.


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