Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway
Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway
01506 828 766
This hidden gem, only 40 minutes drive from Glasgow and Edinburgh, is located in the historic town of Bo’ness. Our friendly staff will welcome you aboard one of our heritage steam or diesel-hauled trains and wish you a pleasant journey.
The train travels along the shore of the Firth of Forth with views of the majestic Ochil Hills, before climbing a tree-lined gradient, passing woodland, wild flowers and waterfalls to the country station of Birkhill. Alight here to take a stroll in the ancient woodlands of the Avon Gorge.
Beyond Birkhill, the train crosses the River Avon Viaduct to Manuel beside the Edinburgh to Glasgow railway line.
Back at Bo’ness, visit the Museum of Scottish Railways, extended in 2012 with the addition of a 16,000 sq. ft. train shed to house the last remaining “Glasgow Blue Train”, a recently restored Class 126 Diesel Multiple Unit and several other heritage items of rolling stock. In the main exhibition hall, operate a railway signal and points, climb aboard heritage locomotives and learn about the making, operating and using of Scottish Railways through the ages. Take time to sort some letters in the Post Office Sorting Van and view the classic video “Night Mail”.
Museum, Transport heritage site
April to end October - every Sat., Sun.
July & August - daily.
From 1100 to 17:00.
Closed: Other times by special arrangement
Train journey (return):- Adult £8; Child £4
Museum of Scottish Railways - Adult £1.00; Children free. Season ticket £4
Free parking, Station Buffet and Gift Shop. Group rates available.
The collection is representative of Scottish railways from 1870 to the present day. There are 25 steam locomotives, 23 diesel locomotives, one electric locomotive, one electric and one diesel multiple units, 67 carriages and over 100 wagons. These are looked after in storage buildings and workshops as well as in the public Exhibition.
The Exhibition in addition has fixed displays illustrating the unique story of the making and operation of Scotland's railways.
Archives, Land Transport, Science and Technology
Key artists and exhibits
- Baird's 0-4-0ST locomotive no.13 Kelton Fell (Glasgow 1876)
- Caledonian Railway 0-4-4T locomotive no.419 (Glasgow, 1907)
- North British Railway 0-6-0 locomotive no.673 Maude (Glasgow, 1891)
- 30 November — 22 December 2013 *on now
Make a great start to the festive season with a visit to Santa aboard a steam train.
Saturdays 30 November, 7, 14, 21 December and Sundays 1, 8, 15, 22 December. A train will run at 10.30, 12.00, 13.30 and 15.00 and pre-booking is essential.
- Any age
Child (18 months to 15 years inclusive) £10.50
Infants (17 months or under on date of travel) Free
(NB infants are not allocated a seat)
How to Book
Some Santa Steam Trains, especially those for the weekend before Christmas, book up quickly. For information about availability please check here. For postal bookings, those of you on our Santa Steam Trains mailing list will receive your leaflet and booking form very soon or you can download one here. When making postal bookings, choose different dates for your second and third choices if possible.
The Santa phone line will open on Wednesday 9th October from 10am to 12noon and 1pm to 3pm. We regret that calls cannot be answered outwith these hours. Sorry, tickets cannot be purchased in person from either Bo’ness Station or the North Street Office.