Emergency Landslide Appeal Update 3rd October
Over the last 6 weeks we have been amazed by the generous support shown by our members and visitors for our ‘Emergency Landslide Appeal’ that was launched to fix storm damage that occurred during August on the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway. To raise over £126,000 in such a short period of time, especially in such uncertain times, is an incredible feat for which the SRPS Board of Trustees is very grateful. Thank you to all, both organisations and individuals, who have contributed to the appeal.
We are now well advance with our preparations to repair the embankments and allow trains to once again run over the full length of the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway. A design for the repair of the embankments was completed by specialist engineers MHB Consultants Ltd in September and has since been let for tender. This process is due to conclude on the 9thOctober.
The Board of Trustees will then meet to discuss the tenders received and would hope to appoint a contractor shortly after to complete the repairs to the damaged embankments. We hope that the repairs may be complete in time to allow us – Coronavirus restrictions permitting – to operate Black Bun trains between Christmas and New Year.
The Emergency Landslide Appeal is still open, and should you wish to contribute, you can do so on our Virgin Money Giving Page at: www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/SRPSlandslide.
“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
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The Scottish Railway Preservation Society
Operators of Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway and Museum of Scottish Railways
Scottish Charity No. SC002375