NEWS

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.

Andrew Fowler, SRPS Trustee, receives a generous donation towards the Landslide Appeal from Alasdair Eadington on behalf of the Scottish 37 Group Ltd, owners of 37025 and 37261 which are based at Bo’ness.