Winter Diesel Gala 2018
Winter Diesel Gala – blow away the cobwebs and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of yesteryear!
Head to the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway between Christmas and New Year and enjoy our one day Winter Diesel Gala on Saturday 29 December from 09.30 to 17.00. Please click here for up to date information, including timetables, (when available) about this event which is organised and run by the SRPS Diesel Group.
Primarily aimed at diesel enthusiasts, but interesting to anyone who wants to re-live the sounds and smells of these great diesel engines of the Swinging Sixties which took us to work and for a day out at the seaside right up to the 1980s.
Motive power – This event will feature locos from our home fleet (27001, 37703 and 47643) with the Class 126 DMU making a welcome return on our 12.30 departure to Birkhill. We hope to be able to offer guest locomotives from other operators which are to be confirmed closer to the event.
Our Station Buffet at Bo’ness will be open for food and hot and cold drinks. There will also be an on train buffet serving snacks and bottle beers and other drinks.
New for 2018 – We are planning to offer visits to the SRPS Diesel Group Shed, see behind the scenes where we maintain and restore our fleet. The Diesel Shed can be reached on foot by following the signs, on the way there why not drop into the Norwegian Coaches where the Bo’Ness O Gauge Group are planning their own mini Diesel Gala, with DCC sound fitted locos in operation.
FREE Shuttle Bus from Linlithgow! We are delighted to announce that PreScoBus will be providing an hourly free Bus shuttle service from Linlithgow Station to the Diesel Gala, so why not jump on board for a ride on a 1986 Leyland Olympian (courtesy Allan Eley) or a Leyland Tiger (courtesy Angus Transport Group) between Bo’ness & Linlithgow Station. Timetable available here.
Don’t forget our Museum – Subject to weather conditions, our Museum of Scottish Railways will be open 11am until 3pm (last admission 2.30pm). Amongst the three large buildings of locomotives, carriages, wagons and other artefacts, you can see National Railway Museum‘s iconic electric loco class 84 001 which is on loan to us.
One Day Rover – valid on all trains
Child (5-15) £8.00
Family (2ad + up to 3ch) £50.00
Ticket price includes Museum entry
One return journey (on any train)
Child (5-15) £6.00
Family (2ad + up to 3ch) £28.00
Standard Museum ticket prices apply
• 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.
• Please note that details are subject to change owing to weather conditions and operational needs.
Special Note: Wheelchairs at our Winter Diesel Gala
Sadly our dedicated disabled coach does not have the electric train heating capability, so will be unavailable for the Winter Diesel Gala.
We can still accommodate wheelchair users but this will be in an area in one of our carriages which is usually used to carry luggage and therefore has a flat surface. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Please note that whilst we endeavour to run to the published timetable, the SRPS reserve the right to change parts of the timetable at any point due to unforeseen circumstances.
“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
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