Postponement of Opening in 2020 – 01/12/2020
Further to our announcement earlier in the year, we regret to inform you that we will be extending the closure of the Railway and Museum to visitors to the end of 2020. This includes the Station Buffet, Gift Shop, Model Railway & Visitor Trail.
Since our last update we worked on a plan to run passenger trains and open our Museum towards the end of December. As time passed we made the sad decision that it is not viable to re-open this year – the good news is that we are working hard to ensure that we will open on Saturday 27 March 2021 and look forward to welcoming you aboard our steam trains and through the doors of the Museum.
It is “All Change” for us between now and then as we work on our new booking system, fix the landslide and get our site ready. You will have likely seen that we recently secured almost £1m from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to build a brand new engineering facility that will allow us to continue preserving Scotland’s railway history. You can read more about that here.
As always, please remember that although our railway site is closed and we are not operating public trains for visitors, we need to run trains along our tracks for essential maintenance tasks and to access the area of the landslide. Stay safe and do not go on the train tracks.
Please keep checking our website, we appreciate your continued support.
What you can do to help?
SOS: Support Our SRPS Fundraising Appeal – Donate here.
The Scottish Railway Preservation Society, a registered charity and operators of the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway, Museum of Scottish Railways and SRPS Railtours, has been forced to temporarily cease all operations due to the current Coronavirus pandemic. Since we have not been able to run trains or open our Museum all year, our finances are at their lowest level. We are therefore appealing for donations to subsidise the cost of the Society’s essential services at a time when, unexpectedly, we have no income.
Stay in touch on social media – Please don’t forget about us, we love talking to you. Hearing about the fun you’ve had with us in the past and sharing photos of those wonderful experiences really gives our volunteers and staff an enormous boost. How about challenging us to answer a railway related query, or send us a photo of your last visit or just a few words summing up what you like about visiting us? We really do miss you all and look forward to the day we can welcome you aboard again.
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Keep Off the Tracks! We are very lucky to have such lovely scenery around our railway which can be enjoyed from a safe distance from the railway track.
Although our railway site is closed and we are not operating public trains for visitors, there may be a need for us to run trains along our tracks for essential maintenance tasks or to access the mainline railway.
It is not safe to walk along the track or next to it so please keep to safe paths out with the boundary of our railway track.
Please stay safe during these difficult times, we look forward to seeing you again in the future.
Postponement of Opening in 2020 – 28/09/2020
Further to our announcement earlier in the year, we regret to inform you that we will be extending the closure of the Railway and Museum to visitors for the months of October and November. This includes the Station Buffet, Gift Shop, Model Railway & Visitor Trail.
Additionally, after a lengthy period of consideration we have concluded that we will not be able to operate our Winter Diesel Gala and popular Santa Steam Trains.
Our Santa Steam Trains are built on an atmosphere which rotates around singing, dancing and lots of interaction with Santa himself. We do not believe it is possible to deliver the best visitor experience within the current Coronavirus guidelines issued by the Scottish Government. We are very disappointed but as always our primary concern must be the continued protection of our volunteers, staff and visitors especially following the latest announcements from the Scottish Government.
During the next few weeks, we will look at whether it is possible for us to run any passenger trains and open our Museum towards the end of December. As a reminder, back in August we suffered landslides meaning it is not possible to use the majority of our railway line. Following generous donations from our supporters we have funds to repair the ground where the landslides occurred but this is going to take some time.
We are working hard on both of these projects and hope to have a further update soon.
Postponement of Opening in 2020 – 02/07/2020
Further to our announcement in March, we regret to inform you that we will be extending the closure of the Railway and Museum to visitors until the end of September. This includes the Station Buffet, Gift Shop, Model Railway & Visitor Trail. We are disappointed but our primary concern must be the continued protection of our volunteers, staff and visitors.
Additionally, we have made the decision to cancel all special events up to the 1 November. This includes Day Out With Thomas in July and September, Fish & Chips Trains in August and October, 1940s & 50s Event in August and Steam Gala in October/November.
Customers who have pre-booked directly with us for events, Afternoon Tea or other experience packages for August or September will be contacted individually by email or phone from 1 July. We would be grateful if you could be as patient as possible as we have reduced staffing levels and our office is not open full time.
Like all visitor attractions, and especially heritage railways, we are looking at how we can reopen safely. We are closely monitoring the Scottish Government’s guidelines and Route Map Through and Out of the Crisis. We want to be back on site welcoming our visitors as soon as we can, but only when it is safe to do so.
Postponement of Opening in 2020 – 18/03/2020
It is with regret that in light of the Covid-19 pandemic we will not be opening the Railway or Museum to visitors before the end of June 2020, this includes the Station Buffet, Gift Shop, Model Railway & Visitor Trail. We are disappointed but our primary concern is to protect our volunteers, staff and visitors.
We are hoping that anyone with pre-bookings during this period can be transferred to a later date in the year, but if not we will be offering refunds.
Customers who have pre-booked with us for events, afternoon tea or other experience packages will be contacted individually by email or phone. We are a very small team and ask that you are patient with us whilst we do this.
Site Closure – 23/03/2020
Following the latest government update on COVID-19, our site is closed to public access until further notice. With your assistance, by reducing the number of people on our site, we can help to slow the spread of the virus. A small number of authorised personnel will be on site to carry out essential work and the site is covered by CCTV.
We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and are grateful for your understanding at this difficult time.
Please keep checking this website for further updates.
“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