8F Open Day at The Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway – 1 April 2017
In just over two years the Scottish Railway Preservation Society (SRPS), operators of the award-winning Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway and Museum of Scottish Railways, have raised over £120,000 by public donation to purchase 8F steam locomotive number 45170.
Originally built by the North British Locomotive Co, Springburn, Glasgow in 1942, she was shipped to Turkey In 1943 as part of a measure to keep Turkey Neutral during the War. Known in Turkey as Churchill’s they performed well until the end of steam in 1986. The locomotive was rescued in 2010 and brought back to the UK. The SRPS are aiming to restore her to full working order and are offering you the chance to get up close to this special locomotive this weekend. The locomotive has a story to tell and we are particularly keen to hear stories and life in the NBL works, as well as stories of this class working in Scotland and elsewhere back in the day.
On Saturday 1 April, the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway will be operating a steam and diesel passenger train service throughout the day as well as opening the doors of its railway museum. Alongside the usual attractions at Bo’ness, visitors can get the chance to climb aboard and view 45170 where it is on display in the Museum of Scottish Railways from 11am-4pm.
Members of the team who are working to breathe life back in to this historic locomotive will be on hand to show the restoration work so far and explain our plans for her future and to help with any queries. The team are also offering tours of the locomotive in the Museum work area.
Guided tours behind the scenes of the steam locomotive workshops and running sheds are available as well as the chance to ride on a steam locomotive footplate within the Station at Bo’ness. A miniature steam train will give rides at the Museum and tea/coffee and home baking is also available.
Standard Fares & Museum Admission Prices Apply.