Steam Gala 2018 – information updated 1/11
The Steam Gala
Enjoy an intensive all steam weekend over three days – Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th November 2018. Friday departures are from 1100 to 2100, Saturday from 0800 to 2100, and Sunday from 0800 to 1700 – please click here to view the timetables for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Our unique Caledonian Railway special trains operate at various times during Saturday and Sunday – travel tickets are essential for these unique trains.
On Friday, the pre-booked tickets including a meal on our Fish and chips specials are now fully booked; however, anybody can travel on these Friday evening trains in the non-reserved coaches and enjoy real ale and snacks from our On Train Buffet.
* The “Caley Specials”
The timetable will also include five Caledonian Railway Special Trains, two on Saturday and three on Sunday. This unique heritage train will run to Birkhill and back and will consist of Caledonian Railway locomotives 828 and 419 plus our wonderful Caledonian Coaches.
Due to the historic nature of these Caledonian Railway carriages, seats are limited and travel tickets are available on the day on a first come, first served basis. All One Day Rovers include a ticket for one of the departures that day, and Two and Three day rovers include a ticket for a seat on one Caley coach each day. No pre-booking is available.
Subject to availability, one return journey tickets for these unique coaches will be available for a supplement of £5 per person.
Our best value ticket is our One Day Rover allowing the holder to travel on all trains with the exception of the Caley Specials* where only one journey is permitted to ensure that as many people as possible can enjoy this unique experience.
Adult Day Rover ticket £30.00
Child Day Rover ticket £15.00
Concession Day Rover ticket £28.00
Family day Rover ticket £80.00
Two Day Rover (two days from Friday, Saturday & Sunday)
If you are able to join us for two days, there is a Two Day Rover allowing the holder to travel on all trains with the exception of the Caley Specials* where only one journey is permitted each day (Saturday and Sunday only) to ensure that as many people as possible can enjoy this unique experience. Also includes travel on Friday and Saturday evening trains.
2-day Adult Day Rover £50.00
2-day Child Day Rover £20.00
2-day Conc Day Rover £48.00
2-day Family Day Rover £140.00
Three Day Rover (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)
This ticket covers all three days of the gala and allows the holder to travel on all trains with the exception of the Caley Specials* where only one journey is permitted each day (Saturday and Sunday only) to ensure that as many people as possible can enjoy this unique experience. Also includes travel on Friday and Saturday evening trains.
3-day Adult Day Rover £60.00
3-day Child Day Rover £25.00
3-day Conc Day Rover £55.00
3-day Family Day Rover £140.00
Standard Prices – one return journey
These tickets are valid for one return journey on any train except The Caley Specials*.
Please note that subject to availability, one return journey tickets for the Caledonian coaches will be available for a supplement of £5 per person on top of the fares directly above.
STOP PRESS…..ADDED 1/11
FREE Vintage Shuttle Bus
With thanks to our good friends at PreScoBus, we are delighted to offer visitors a FREE vintage bus from Linlithgow to Bo’ness Railway Station this Saturday & Sunday for the Gala. Click here for timetable.
Bus pick up/drop off will be on the High St, Linlithgow, the stop just after Platform 3 pub.
Free talk on Saturday 3 November!
“Blue engines and other things – Aspects of the Caledonian Railway”, a presentation by Jim MacIntosh, Caledonian Railway Association. Saturday 3 November 1430-1530
The Caledonian Railway Association bought the paint and coats of arms for both locomotives 828 and 419 and provided detailed information about these fine engines. To learn a bit more about the Caledonian Railway itself (did you know it worked to Bo’ness?), about the locomotives, and about the history of the famous two tones of blue which they bear, the Association and the SRPS have arranged an illustrated talk by Jim MacIntosh at 1430 in Bo’ness Library, (Scotland’s Close, Scotlands Cl, Bo’ness EH51 0AH) less than a ten minute walk from Bo’ness Station on Saturday 3rd November.
No pre-booking is required and all are welcome to this presentation which will set the context for the weekend and be introduced by SRPS Chairman, Steve Humphreys.
The Caledonian Railway Association has published a series of authoritative books on the railway, its stock and its signalling, which will also be available for purchase at the Steam Gala all weekend.
Tickets are sold in limited numbers, and so subject to availability.
All tickets includes admission to the Museum of Scottish Railways and the Model Railway.
While every effort is made to adhere to the published timetables, the railway reserves the right to make changes without prior notice.
The railway reserves the right to cancel or suspend any train without notice. All locomotives and coaches are subject to availability.
Discount vouchers, complimentary tickets, Annual membership cards & vouchers and other discount passes are valid for one return journey only. However Premier Life membership cards ARE valid on any train. A travel ticket is also required to travel in the Caledonian Railway coaches (subject to capacity):
- For anyone presenting an SRPS Premier Life Card: the travel ticket is free of charge to travel in a CR Coach (one ticket required for each train).
- For anyone presenting an uptodate SRPS Membership Card: travel ticket is free of charge to travel in a CR Coach on that day’s Members Special.
- Otherwise, a travel ticket must be purchased to travel in a CR Coach (one ticket required for each train).
“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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