Postponement of Opening in 2020 – Updated 27/05/20
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 will be contacted individually by email or phone from 1 June. We would be grateful if you could be as patient as possible as we have reduced staffing levels.
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.
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. Coming after the early part of the year when our trains are not running and the Museum closed, our finances are already 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.
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 – 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