History of Lochore Meadows Country Park
The first signs of habitation in and around the area of the park was approximately 4,000 years ago during the Bronze Age. More recently, and in the height of the coal mining era, the area was home to seven coal mining pits - the Lindsay Pit, the Nellie Pit, the Aitken Pit, Lumphinnans Pit, Glencraig Pit, the Mary Pit and Benarty Pit.
All of these coal mining pits closed between 1959 and 1966, and left behind a scarred landscape. Reclamation work began in 1967 and over several years the area was transformed into the wonderful country park in which you can experience and enjoy to this day. This reclamation project was the biggest reclamation project in Europe at that time.
The Meedies Train ~ A Little Piece of History
Heritage memories of the mining era remain within the park, namely with the Mary Pit Wheel and the Meedies Pug Train. The pug train represents the type of transport which would have been used within the park day in and day out during the coal mining industry. The train represents cherished memories of an important time in history which has shaped the park to what it is today.
The train is well loved within the park, and has been very well used by park visitors over the years. Unfortunately the train is in need of repair and refurbishment in order to be safeguarded for future generations to enjoy.
*Save The Meedies Train*
The Friends of Lochore Meadows Group, along with the Park Management and Fife Council are pleased to announce, and support the 'Save The Meedies Train' project which is being developed and driven by 10 year old Ollie Cowan from St. Brides Primary School in Cowdenbeath.
A message from Ollie:-
"The Meedies train has been there as long as I can remember, as long as my Dad can remember, and even as long as his Dad can remember! My name is Ollie and I want it back to how it was when it was new so it can be here for generations to come. It’s important to preserve the heritage of our community, to remember where we came from and to celebrate the workers who helped build our towns. Help me get the train cleaned, painted and back to brand new again by donating whatever you can afford. If you’re short on cash, please share it far and wide so others can help #Savethemeediestrain."
The project will cost £1540 and funds received will be used to power wash, clean, prepare, prime, provide undercoat, painting and finishing works along with labour costs incurred. The train is also in need of some welding works in which the Park Management is kindly taking forward in order to support the project.
Please help us to save this iconic time-piece so that we can always remember those who were involved in the coal mining era. We would all love to see the train available for children and adults to enjoy once more, and you can help to make this happen!