News – Autumn Steam Gala
Our Autumn Steam Gala is back! Our home fleet* will rule rails between the evening of Friday 1st and Sunday 3rd November.
An intensive timetable, including Fish & Chips (sorry, fully booked) and Real Ale Trains, will be in operation to allow visitors to Bo’ness the chance to experience many of the historic railway vehicles cared for by the Scottish Railway Preservation Society, including vintage goods trains.
Subject to availability, our steam locomotives operating over the weekend will be:
- Caledonian Railway No. 419 (with appropriate Caledonian Railway Coaches)
- NCB No. 1 Lord Roberts
- NCB No. 19
- NCB No. 6 (station pilot duties at Bo’ness).
Timetables & Other Attractions at Bo’ness
A free vintage shuttle bus, kindly provided by PreScoBus, will be in operation between Linlithgow and Bo’ness on Saturday and Sunday. The timetable can be found here.
The Museum of Scottish Railways will be open between 1100 and 1600 (last admission 1530) on Friday, Saturday & Sunday. You can discover how railways transformed the lives of our ancestors; see Scotland’s only Royal Saloon coach, learn why the fish van has a sloping floor, learn how to operate points and much, much more. Our Station Buffet will be open on Saturday and Sunday for breakfast (served until 11.30am), hot and cold drinks, snacks and full meals. There is plenty of free on-site parking.
Our standard fares will be in operation for our Friday evening departures (Adult £10, Concession £9, Child £6 & Family £28 covering all departures).
On Saturday and Sunday, you can either choose from a Rover Ticket valid for ALL departures on the day of your visit (Adult £17, Concession £16, Child £11 & Family £42). Alternately our standard fares are valid for one return trip only, although a £2 supplement will be necessary if that trip is on a ‘Caledonian Special’.
SRPS members may travel free of charge on the 15.57 departure on Saturday 2nd and the 0900 on Sunday 3rd on production of a valid membership card. Seats are allocated on a first come, first served basis.
*Despite our best efforts, owing to rapidly rising road transport costs and a shortage of tank locomotives available for hire, we have been unable to secure a guest locomotive for our gala in November.
“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