NEWS

Tornado running on the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway on 4th September!

A1 No. 60163 ‘Tornado’, the fastest steam locomotive in the 21st Century, is running on the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway on the 4th September 2021!

Trains will depart Bo’ness at 09:30, 11:20, 13:10 and 15:00hrs, with a range of travel options available, including First Class in our historic LNER vehicles, tea and shortbread in our LNER Gresley Buffet and compartments within our British Railways coaches. Tickets start from £25 for a table of two.

‘Tornado’, the first mainline steam locomotive built in Great Britain for nearly 50 years, was constructed by a group of dedicated volunteers from the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust and entered service in 2008. On the 15th May 2017, ‘Tornado’ became the first steam locomotive to officially record speeds in excess of 100mph since the end of steam on British Railway’s in 1968. Whilst ‘Tornado’ won’t be reaching 101.6mph (her top recorded speed!) on the B&KR, our trips offer a rare chance to travel behind such a celebrity locomotive in Scotland.

Demand for tickets is expected to be high, pre-booking is essential. Please note: our site will only be open for ticket holders during this event. If you wish to view Tornado on one of her journeys, please do so from a position of safety and do not trespass on the railway.

Please note that members tickets, complimentary vouchers and reciprocal travel agreements are not valid for travel on this day. Should SRPS Premier Life members wish to travel, tickets may be made available on the day subject to availability. 

Heritage Coaches

Alongside Tornado we will have some of our beautiful LNER coaches in use on Saturday 4th September. Learn a little more about our historic Gresley Buffet below!

Gresley Buffet No. 644 was built in 1937 by the London North Eastern Railway in York and contains a kitchen, a serving counter and passenger seating. Intended for use on long-distance and express services, it worked all over the LNER system, including periods in Scotland and on the East Coast main line.

The entire body of the Buffet car is made from solid Teak wood, whilst the interior represents the height of Art Deco design. Volunteers undertook a 15 year restoration of the vehicle to ‘as built’ condition which culminated in a return to traffic in 2013. Our Gresley Buffet is now in use at special events and is available for private hire. Passengers seated in No. 644 will be able to enjoy tea and shortbread during their journey behind Tornado.

Thompson ‘TTO’ No. 13803 was built in 1947 and represents the final developments in coach design under the London North Eastern Railway (LNER). Unlike earlier coaches, whilst the frame of the carriage is made from wood, the exterior panels are sheet steel. These were ‘scumbled’ into teak appearance so that the vehicle would match earlier wooden bodied coaches (like our Gresley Buffet).

No. 13803 was withdrawn from service but – we think due to the good condition of the body – was used as a carriage cleaner’s bothy at Bellahouston in Glasgow. It spent several years on bricks without wheels serving this purpose.

The Scottish Railway Preservation Society acquired the coach in 1977 with grant support from the National Fund for Acquisitions. This involved replacing the wheels under the coach and moving it to the Society’s base for a full restoration to working order. You can travel in this ‘first class’ vehicle for a small supplement on the the 4th September!