The Great Marquess starts a new chapter of its life back in Scotland at The Museum of Scottish Railways
We are delighted to announce that one of Scotland’s most famous steam locomotives, The Great Marquess, has arrived at our site having left the North Yorkshire Moors Railway where it has been resting since its withdrawal from service.
We have reached agreement with the Cameron Railway Trust for the Marquess to be displayed at Bo’ness until such time as the proposed Cameron Railway Trust is able to receive the locomotive for display at its proposed visitor centre facility in Fife.
The Nigel Gresley designed LNER Class K4 locomotive will stay with us for two years where it will be accessible to visitors along with the rest of our collection which has been recognised by the Scottish Government as being of national significance.
The locomotive, owned by Cameron Railway Trust, has had a long career in railway preservation having worked at a number of heritage railways and has run hundreds of miles on the mainline railway taking passengers on day excursions around Scotland and beyond.
It is anticipated that it will be on display at the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway Steam Gala on 21st and 22nd October and then move into the Museum shortly after. The locomotive will be just one of the attractions at the gala, where visitors will be able to make a journey in the societies’ vintage coaches and behind their home fleet and guest locomotive, Great Western Railway tank steam locomotive GWR 0-6-2T No. 5643.
Scottish Railway Preservation Society Chairman, Vic Michel commented: “The Great Marquess was built in 1938, It was designed to work on the West Highland Line being a very powerful and yet manoeuvrable locomotive, it was able to manage the steep gradients and sharp curves of the West Highland Line on which it was frequently used. It is very fitting that this locomotive should come back to Scotland and be on display at our Museum of Scottish Railways, we are delighted to be able to look after it and make it available for the public to see before it finally goes back home to ’John’s Museum’ I am sure it will be a very popular engine whilst it is with us.”
Cameron Railway Trust’s Chairman, John Cameron, said: “I am delighted that The Great Marquess is to come back to Scotland to Bo’ness and be available to be seen in the Society’s Museum for the next two years prior to going into our own ‘Visitor Centre’ in Fife, where – along with Loco 60009 ‘Union of South Africa’ it will also be available to be visited by the public.
The SRPS has used ‘The Great Marquess’ in the past to haul some of their charter trains, – so it is appropriate that they have it on display while the new Visitor Centre is under construction.”
We look forward to welcoming our visitors to see this great locomotive.
“This hidden gem is only 40 minutes drive from Glasgow and Edinburgh. The staff are really friendly and looked after us as we boarded a beautiful steam train, we saw heritage diesels too. The sights, smells and sounds really took us back in time. After a browse around the excellent Museum of Scottish Railways and a bite to eat in the Station Buffet we all agreed we would recommend it to everyone and we would definitely be back.”
Mr P Gray, Falkirk
The Scottish Railway Preservation Society
Operators of Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway and Museum of Scottish Railways
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