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Erosion reveals war relic in Fife

Remains of a railway wagon
Image caption The narrow gauge railway wagon is from World War II

The rusting remains of a narrow gauge railway wagon from World War II have been discovered in Fife.

The wagon was found in Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve, in north east Fife.

It now lies fully exposed following the latest natural erosion on the sand dune edge of the coastal reserve.

In the month of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, officials at the SNH-owned site, said it was a reminder of Fife's part in the war.

Wartime fortifications

Tom Cunningham, ā€ˇScottish Natural Heritage's reserve manager at Tentsmuir, said: "It's safe to assume that the wagon was abandoned in 1945 and was buried as the sand dune system grew seaward.

"We already know some of the background to the wartime fortifications but we would really like any historians to get in touch and tell us more about the railway.

"Not only is Tentsmuir fascinating for wildlife, the human history is interesting as well.

"The coast at Tentsmuir is gradually building up and reaching seaward in parts and in other parts it is naturally being washed away."

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