1940s/50s Event Saturday 31 August 2019

Following the huge success of our previous 1950s events, we’re expanding to bring you a bit of the 1950s and the 1940s.

The event is aimed at everyone, from 1940s and 1950s revival fans to families. Head to our heritage railway and Museum for a nostalgic trip back down memory lane.

Vintage fashion

Everyone is invited to get in to the spirit of the day and period costume is more than welcome, let’s bring back happy memories and create new ones.

Event Programme

A full programme is available here, download yours now or collect one on the day. Please note that you MUST purchase a train ticket at the Booking Office to get access to all the other entertainment.


Your train ticket is valid all day so you can take a journey by steam train and experience the contrast on our 1950s DMU. Train ticket holders can also get entry to all other attractions, our Gift Shop and Station Buffet. Download your Event Programme above.


Tickets also available for only £2 more for our Museum of Scottish Railways with free museum admission for kids.

Standard train fares and museum admission will apply and ticket must be purchased on arrival at the Booking Office on Bo’ness Station platform to access the additional entertainment.
Adults £10
Concession £9
Child (5-15) £6
Family (2+3) £28
add a ticket for the Museum of Scottish Railways for £2 more, kids go free!

Please note; due to capacity and safety reasons, visitors cannot access the site at Bo’ness and Birkhill without a valid train ticket which can be purchased at the Booking Office at Bo’ness on the day. This includes the station platform, visitor trail, Station Buffet and Gift Shop.

Getting here by public transport

FREE vintage shuttle bus from Linlithgow

We have teamed up with our friends at PreScoBus once again to offer visitors a most fitting way to travel to and from our 1950s event, on a vintage bus. The nearest mainline railway station is Linlithgow so if you catch the train from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dunblane and stations in between the bus is a great way to travel.

The planned timetable is here and the bus picks up in Linlithgow at the bus stop at the end of Station Road (just along from the Platform 3 pub) seconds from the railway station. You can also take a ride on the bus just for fun! it will leave from Bo’ness Station as per the timetable.

Bo’ness Community Bus
Why not travel from the centre of Edinburgh on our friendly local bus. For more information see their website here.

It is recommended that seats on the bus are booked in advance. Phone or text 07376 980049.

Music & dancing

Our headline act this year is Uncle Red guaranteed to get you moving. Have a look at them in action here. DJs Tojo and Dean will be spinning their discs at the station and Anne Nelson’s Jump n Jive team will be on hand to teach you the basic steps you need to get you dancing.

Burlesque Chair Dance TM Scotland will be back with their family friendly routines too.

Food and drinks

Our Station Buffet at Bo’ness Station will be open with specials to be confirmed. What will you try?

Our On Train Buffet is open on all trains serving crisps, sweets and hot and cold drinks including locally brewed real ale and wine.

Afternoon Tea is available on the 1410 steam train too (must be pre-booked).


Browse the ‘village’ of stalls and treat yourself or someone else. You’ll find handmade jewellery and vintage goods to sweet treats and face painting.

Vintage Vehicles

There’ll be an array of vintage vehicles in front of Bo’ness Station so have your camera at the ready for some vintage selfies!

Bigger and better for 2019 – 1940s Living History Display, get a taste of what life was like in the 1940s.

There will be a steam train departure at 10.45, 12.10 and 14,10 and for the 15.35 departure visitors will get a rare chance to travel in our Swindon built Class 126 DMU from 1959. It was the first DMU in the UK to be preserved on account of its historical significance and is a real treat to ride in.

Want more entertainment?

New for 2019 – the first ever Bo’Ness Rock ‘n’ Roll Spectacular will take place in the evening at Bo’ness Town Hall.

Looking for somewhere to eat and drink in between these two events? Look no further than The Corbie Inn. Based minutes from the railway and also on the vintage bus route, timetable here, you can enjoy real ales and good food in friendly surroundings.


Photos courtesy of Chelle Fenton, Angela Heron, Mary Moyes, Jennifer Elder and Peter Backhouse – thank you guys!

Event content is subject to change owing to operational requirements or weather conditions.