Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway

Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway
Bo'ness Station
Union Street
West Lothian
EH51 9AQ




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Steam Train
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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”.

Venue Type:

Museum, Transport heritage site

Opening hours

April to end October - every Sat., Sun.
July & August - daily.
From 1100 to 17:00.

Closed: Other times by special arrangement

Admission charges

Train journey (return):- Adult £8; Child £4
Museum of Scottish Railways - Adult £1.00; Children free. Season ticket £4

Additional info

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.

Collection details

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)
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Day Out With Thomas

  • 13 — 14 September 2014 10am-5pm

All aboard for a Day Out With Thomas!

Meet Thomas the Tank Engine™ and his friends, who are waiting to meet you at Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway

Experience a ride on a real steam engine
Shake hands with The Fat Controller
Take part in Thomas themed activities in the Imagination Station

Family entertainment at both Bo'ness & Birkhill stations. Event open 10:00am-5:00pm.

Train journey from Bo'ness to Birkhill and return hauled by one of Thomas's friends.

Thomas the Tank Engine will be at Bo'ness station all day - meet Thomas and the Fat Controller.

Free parking - Free entrance to Museum of Scottish Railways.

We regret that dogs (except Guide Dogs) are not permitted at this event.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly


Adult £11.00*
Child £11.00*
Child under 2 £FREE
Children of 14 years of age and under must be supervised by an adult at all times