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2020 Dates – CANCELLED

We are very sorry to announce that we will not be able to run our wonderful Day Out With Thomas events this year and are having to cancel them. The dates were 16 & 17 May, 25 & 26 July and 5 & 6 September 2020.

As you will be aware, the social distancing measures and other restrictions which are in place as announced by the Scottish Government due to the Covid-19 pandemic mean we are unable to safely run this event for you and our volunteers, staff and suppliers.

We are as disappointed as you will be but we did not really have a choice in the circumstances and want to make sure we keep everyone safe. We appreciate your understanding and support and hope that you watch this space for any future event news.

If you booked tickets for these events via or over the phone with Quaytickets, they will be in touch as soon as is practically possible by email about a refund. Please do not contact the railway as we have no access to their booking systems.

Once again we are really sorry about this. Please remember it won’t be forever and we will welcome you back aboard again as soon as it is safe to do so.

SOS – Please help
For over 10 years, we have welcomed many thousands of happy people to our Day out With Thomas events. These have provided enormous financial support and allowed us to fulfil our charitable purpose to display, and educate the public about, Scotland’s railway heritage. Coronavirus poses the biggest threat to the Scottish Railway Preservation Society, operators of the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway, in our 59 year history: with our railway closed, we are facing the prospect of a £240,000 loss this year. If you would like to support us through this difficult time, you can make a donation here. We hope to see you back on our railway next year!

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Look what’s included in your ticket!

  • A return journey on Thomas to Birkhill Station
  • Fairground ride and inflatable* at Bo’ness & Birkhill
  • The Rusty & Dusty Show
  • Entertainers in undercover marquee at Bo’ness & Birkhill, magic guaranteed to amaze the whole family.
  • Lots of hands on fun interactive displays in our undercover Museum of Scottish Railways.
  • The Fat Controller keeping his engines in order.
  • Watch out for the Troublesome Trucks rushing past you!
  • Miniature railway ride at Bo’ness
  • Temporary tattoos and face painting at Birkhill
  • Thomas & Friends DVD screenings, colouring pages and table-top toys at Bo’ness
  • Climb on board Percy  – don’t forget your camera!
  • Day Out With Thomas Certificate, Passport & sticker for all children to remember their wonderful day with us
  • Thomas and Friends make a special appearance on our Model Railway
  • There’s plenty of free car parking both at Bo’ness Station and in the surrounding streets, but please make sure you arrive at least 20 minutes before your train is due to leave

If you have booked tickets for the afternoon it is advisable to enjoy all there is to do at Bo’ness before you take your train ride to Birkhill as some things may be unavailable when you get back to Bo’ness following your return train journey from Birkhill.

*Exact details of entertainment subject to availability and change.



Will Thomas be there?

Yes, Thomas will pull your train to Birkhill and back.

Can I bring my dog? We regret that dogs (except Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs) are not permitted at this event.

Do I have to book in advance?
Yes, you can book your tickets online here

Under 2s are free but will not be entitled to a seat, please be aware that every seat in your coach could be sold out so we appreciate your co-operation with this.


I’ve pre-booked, when will I get my tickets?

Tickets will be sent to you within 5-7 working days of your booking being placed.

However tickets should always reach you at least 7 days before the event unless they are being collected from the railway. Where tickets are booked within 14 days of an event and are being posted, tickets should reach you at least 2 days before an event.

What else can we do?

  • Visit our gift shop at Bo’ness Station
  • Enjoy a picnic at our dedicated picnic areas
  • Treat yourself to a meal in the Station Buffet – can get quite busy so please bear with us!
  • Take the time to explore Bo’ness’ historic buildings and unique shops

How do we get to you?
We are about 40 minutes drive from Edinburgh and Glasgow. See map here.

Car Parking

We have a large free car park but it does fill up quickly. If our car park is full you can find free parking at Seaview Place car park (along the road which runs alongside the foreshore and turn left at roundabout) EH51 0AP, Register Street car park (along the foreshore, behind The Post Office) EH51 9HA and Union Street car park (along the foreshore, opposite The Post Office).

Pushchairs, prams and buggies

Space on our trains is very limited so we offer a free buggy park* at Bo’ness Station where you can leave your pushchair, pram or buggy while you travel to Birkhill and back. Alternatively access to and from the event site is permitted throughout the day (please ensure you carry your Day Out With Thomas event ticket with you at all times) should you prefer to leave your pushchair, pram or buggy in your car. If you intend to get off the train and enjoy the activities and entertainment at Birkhill you will not have your pushchair, pram or buggy until you get back to Bo’ness. If you have any queries please see event staff on the day.

* PLEASE NOTE: Buggy Park is unsupervised and items are left at owner’s risk. SRPS accepts no liability for any loss of items on the day.

Do you have facilities for disabled visitors?
There is good disabled access to the station, the Station Buffet, the entertainment and the trains, and plenty of dedicated disabled parking. Disabled spaces are reserved at both stations, and Bo’ness Station has a disabled toilet. All trains are equipped with ramps for easy wheelchair access. Wheelchair users should call Quaytickets on 0843 208 0500 to book their tickets.  Our disabled carriage is Carriage B.

Exact details of entertainment subject to availability and change.