Steaming Ahead – our Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Project
This exciting project has received a successful first round pass by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). We are now in the process of developing the project into a round 2 submission to HLF with the deadline of November this year. Our latest information from July 2018 is here.
The Steaming Ahead project will see development of the site at Bo’ness with a new fully interpreted visitor trail around the site connecting visitors from the station platform to a new publicly accessible steam engineering facility and onto the Museum of Scottish Railways. The museum will have a new heated entrance area with refreshments and space for group activities.
A level crossing at the platform will provide visitors with easier access to the rest of the site’s attractions and the viewing platform in the new steam shed will allow for the insider’s view of what is involved in maintaining large steam locomotives.
The skills required to maintain steam locomotives are a dying art and the new steam shed will provide an ideal base for volunteers and staff to carry out their work and support the development of young engineers as part of a planned programme for apprentices and trainees.
Construction of the new steam facility is planned for early 2019 and the total project will cost just over £2million with an HLF grant request of £780,000. The balance of funds for the project will come from SRPS reserves, donations, trust funds and grants.
How can you help?
We have a target of £40,000 for donations from our public appeal and to date we have reached £13,320.53. If you would like to support us to deliver this exciting step change for the site at Bo’ness, please click here.
Thank you for your support
In the event of insufficient funds being raised to make the projects financially viable or the Society being otherwise unable to go ahead and complete the project, your donation will be put to a project most closely resembling this one. Conversely should the appeal become over-subscribed, your donation will be held in the project funds for use in future developments.
“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