Santa gets on train at Bo'ness

Santa gets on train at Bo’ness

Important Information 2016



Dates & times

In 2016 you can make a great start to the festive season with a visit to Santa aboard a steam train. This year, Santa Steam Trains will run on:

Saturday 3rd, 10th & 17th December

Sunday 4th, 11th & 18 December


Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd December

Tickets cost £13 per person with under 2s free

Please note no concessions or groups booking discounts are available.

Pre-booking is essential and online booking will be available from early September. Please check back frequently and follow us on Facebook for updates.

Tesco vouchers, complimentary tickets, annual membership cards and vouchers and other discount passes are not valid for Santa Steam Trains.





Santa-Train-Presents1During the seven mile round journey to Birkhill, Santa will meet all the children and give each one a gift. During your visit, adults will receive complimentary seasonal refreshments. So combine the nostalgia of steam with a treat for the children to make a really great day out!

  • Journey time approximately one hour (NB The train will be stationary for part of the journey)
  • Santa visits each child with a gift
  • Complimentary refreshments for adults at Bo’ness Station

What’s more there is …

  • No booking fee
  • Free parking
  • Reserved seats
  • Wheelchair-friendly coach (please let us know in advance to book)
  • Gift shop
  • Station Buffet available for meals and refreshments


Santa-Train-Presents2Do I have to book in advance?
Yes, you do. Some Santa Steam Trains, especially those for the weekend before Christmas book up quickly. Watch this website for updates.

When will I receive my tickets?
Information not available at present

Can I pay with Tesco Vouchers?
Tesco vouchers, complimentary tickets, annual membership cards and vouchers and other discount passes are not valid on Santa Steam Trains.

Will our seats be reserved on the train?
Yes. All adults and children aged 18 months and over have reserved seats. Seats are not allocated to children 17 months and under but they still receive a present from Santa.

Does our ticket price include our train fare?
Yes, it does.

How long does the journey last?
The journey to Birkhill and back takes about one hour.Please note that the train will be stationary for part of the journey to allow Santa time to meet all young passengers.

Do you have facilities for disabled visitors?
Bo’ness Station has dedicated disabled parking, an access ramp for wheelchairs and toilets for the disabled All trains are equipped with ramps for easy wheelchair access. When making your booking, please advise if assistance will be required for passengers with mobility difficulties. The train includes a specially adapted coach which can carry up to 6 passengers in wheelchairs.

What if I want to change or cancel my booking or I miss my train?
An administrative charge of £5 will apply to any changes made to the booking after tickets have been issued. All trains will be fully booked, so you should aim to arrive at Bo’ness at least 15 minutes before your train is due to depart. Your ticket is only valid for the date and departure time that is printed on it. We regret that trains cannot be held beyond their scheduled departure times. A full refund will be given only if the train service is unable to run.

Whilst every effort is made to run the services as advertised, the SRPS reserves the right to alter train services without notice.

Can I bring my dog? We regret that dogs (except guide /assistance dogs) are not permitted at this event.

What else can we do?

  • Visit our gift shop at Bo’ness Station
  • Treat yourself to a meal in the Station Buffet
  • Take the time to explore Bo’ness’ historic buildings and unique shops

Is the Museum of Scottish Railways open?
Please note that the Museum of Scottish Railways is not open in December.

How do we get to you?
The Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway is about 40 minutes drive from Edinburgh and Glasgow. See map here.