Enjoy the romance of a golden age …  There’s nothing like a departure by steam. Enjoy a scenic ten mile return train journey to Manuel along the Forth Estuary, through woodlands, past waterfalls and over the Avon Viaduct. Our friendly volunteers are waiting to welcome you aboard and invite you to soak up the atmosphere of our award-winning heritage railway through the sights, sounds and smells of yesteryear.

We’ve got Scotland’s largest railway Museum …  visit our Museum of Scottish Railways and explore three large buildings filled with locomotives, carriages, wagons and other railway artefacts. There is plenty to see and do, from climbing on the footplate of a locomotive to sorting letters in the Post Office Sorting coach.

Download our 2020 Group Visits Leaflet here.



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How about a delicious Afternoon Tea behind a lovingly restored steam train. We have space in our buffet car for up to 44 people (subject to availability) available most Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays on the 14.10 train. The journey takes about 70 minutes which is enough time to enjoy a mouth watering selection of cakes, sandwiches and home made scones with Scottish jam and clotted cream together with a pot of tea or coffee.


AT-Scones-Cat-Morley-2012-fAlternatively, enjoy a meal in the Station Buffet before or after your journey where variety of refreshments is available, from cakes and sandwiches to a selection of main meals. Be sure to add on a visit to the Museum, a must for groups.




Car park 4 2013There is convenient free coach parking directly outside Bo’ness Station. Coach drivers can leave their coach and enjoy a free train journey and visit to the Museum of Scottish Railways with their group and enjoy a voucher for up to £7.50 in The Station Buffet. By prior arrangement, vehicle access to the Museum of Scottish Railways can also be organised.



In 2020 passenger trains run on weekends, Tuesdays and selected school holidays from 4 April until 1 November with special events on certain dates in December & January.

The Museum is open 7 days a week from 4 April to March to 1 November plus special events in December & January.


Choose your Group Experience
How long will our visit take?
Durations shown below are approximate and you should allow additional time for visits to the gift shop, Station Buffet (both open when passenger trains are running) and other areas of our site including our Visitor Trail.

Cost depends on what you would like to do while you are with us. Please call our office on 01506 825855 to check availability.

AT-Cake-Stand-Cat-Morley-20Nostalgic Steam Train journey with Afternoon Tea and a visit to Scotland’s Largest Railway Museum

Full price of this experience is per person £24

We recommend that you enjoy a stroll around our extensive site and take in our Museum of Scottish Railways followed by or preceeded with Afternoon Tea on a steam train. This experience takes about 3 hours and is available most Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays subject to availability (available for groups of up to 44). Payment in advance of visit is essential for this experience.



Train-Morayshire-High-BridgeNostalgic Steam Train journey and a visit to Scotland’s Largest Railway Museum – 2.5 hours +

Full price of this experience is Adult £14, Senior £13, Child £7, under 5s free

Group Discount of 10% per person for groups of 12-39, 20% per person for groups of 40+ 

We recommend that you enjoy a stroll around our extensive site and take in our Museum of Scottish Railways followed by or preceeded with a nostalgic journey by steam train. This experience takes about 3 hours and is available most weekends April to October and selected weekdays in April, May, July, August, September and October.


Train-GuardNostalgic Steam Train journey – 2 hours approx

Full price of this experience is Adult £12, Senior £11, Child £7, under 5s free

Group Discount of 10% per person for groups of 12-39, 20% per person for groups of 40+ 

Enjoy a nostalgic journey by steam train. Available most weekends April to October and selected weekdays in April, May, July August, September and October. You can also visit our Station Buffet, Model Railway (weekends only) and Gift Shop.


Museum-Cat Morley 2012Explore Scotland’s Largest Railway Museum – 1-2 hours approx

Full price of this experience is Adult & Senior £5, Child (under 16) free.

Group Discount of 10% per person for groups of 12-39, 20% per person for groups of 40+ 

Enjoy a trip down memory lane in our Museum of Scottish Railways. This experience takes about 1-2 hours and is available seven days a week 4 April-1 November 2020. You can also visit our Station Buffet, Model Railway (weekends only) and Gift Shop on weekends and most weekdays in July and August (when passenger trains are running).


(Numbers are calculated over a complete season. Group discount applies to Standard operating days only)


Wheelchairs WelcomeGood access for wheelchairs to Bo’ness Station, platform and facilities. Specially adapted carriage for wheelchair users. Most of the Museum is fully accessible. Please let us know if you have any specific requirements prior to your visit. There is no charge for one-to-one carers on standard fare days. Click here for our NEW VisitScotland Accessibilty Guide.


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Located at Bo’ness Station, there is something for every appetite, from traditional Scottish dishes, made using our chef’s special recipes, to a pot of Fairtrade tea and a cake.



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Selling snacks and old fashioned sweets as well as hot and cold soft drinks, wine and locally-brewed real ale and a range of spirits.


If you would require more details please call our Office Administrator on 01506 825855. (10am – 4pm Monday-Friday) or email:

When booking your group visit you will be allocated a train time. You should try to arrive at Bo’ness Station no less than 20 minutes before your train departure time. Depending on your itinerary you may want even more time before your train departs to enjoy the other facilities on site, such as The Museum of Scottish Railways, Model Railway, The Station Buffet and also the picnic facilities.

If you need help with transport for your group contact our Community bus who may be able to help you. They offer a friendly service to and from Bo’ness. Please see their website here.


Welcome to the Education Section!

Railways have played an incredibly important part in the life of Scotland and its population since the early part of the 19th Century, and this rich heritage is reflected in what we have to offer for Educational Groups here at the Museum of Scottish Railways and Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway.

Bo'ness Public Primary School 3Schools, nurseries and others will find plenty of things to keep children (and adults!) busy once they arrive, with a packed Museum and a programme including termtime days well suited for schools throughout the year when steam trains will be running!  Our new Education Pack, which can be downloaded here, also contains a selection of material ideal for anyone wishing to plan an educational outing!

Bo'ness Public Primary School 1During the school term-time we have dates on our timetable which are very suited to school groups as they fall within days when schools are open. Suitable term time dates for 2020 will be Tuesdays from 7 April to 20 October and we advise you to book as soon as you can to get your carriage specially reserved for your class! On these days, children can get the opportunity to ride in restored period carriages behind a genuine heritage steam locomotive on a 10 mile round-trip.  At the end of the journey why not come and see the engine close-up and meet the driver and fireman?


BKR-407Children can also explore the Museum of Scottish Railways, the largest railway collection in Scotland.  Here, they can see what it takes to work the controls of a steam train or operate signals, discover the age-old ritual of wheel-tapping, sort the letters in the Travelling Post Office and find out just how much railways have changed the face of Scotland since their first beginnings in the pre-Victorian age! The Museum itself is open from Easter until the end of October and is well-worth a visit on its own.  There will be a programme of activities arranged to keep children of all ages happy and upon request your visit can be led by an SRPS Guide.  Do keep an eye on our website for details of forthcoming activities and events.


So if, you’d like to bring your educational group along to experience the power of steam, why not give us a phone call or  contact for further details.


20131105_095419Here you will find our new Education Pack in downloadable PDF format.  The pack includes a History of Britain’s Railways for teachers, a Glossary of Technical Railway Terms and a comprehensive set of Activity and Information Sheets which can be used in preparation for and also during a visit to our Museum and Railway.  Also featured is a Hazard Guide, Curriculum for Excellence links and a bibliography of books, DVDs and websites of interest.

From time to time we will be adding to the available downloads with further downloadable activity sheets.  Please keep an eye on the site for these and if you have any suggestions or comments then contact us at

We look forward to seeing you on a visit soon, but in the meantime, happy reading!



Education Pack


LOAN BOXES for Handling and Reminiscence

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Handling and Reminiscence Boxes are an important part of the work of any museum.  They allow access to a museum’s artefacts which would otherwise be sitting on a shelf, unseen and unused.  Presented in an attractive and easy to access box, such items can become a valuable resource and a welcome stimulus for school projects and topics, as well as activities for adults who have conditions such as Alzheimer’s.

Such reminiscence activities are becoming increasingly popular with groups in many places, e.g. care homes and day centres.



Handling Boxes

The Museum of Scottish Railways and Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway has three Handling Boxes which are able to be borrowed for use in class by schools.

The boxes are:  Victorians, World War II and 20th Century Railways.  These contain a selection of original and replica objects, papers and photos which are all relevant to their subject.  Within each of the boxes is a sheet which gives details of each of the objects, as well as photos of each artefact for easy identification.


World War Two

World War Two



Reminiscence Box

Reminiscence Box

Reminiscence Boxes

We’re sure that most of us have experienced picking up a long-forgotten item left in a drawer, cupboard or attic and suddenly being overwhelmed by the memories brought back by seeing and touching just that one thing alone.  Reminiscence Boxes work on this principle and can be used by organisations to help groups and individuals in reminiscence activities.  They contain a selection of easy-to-handle objects which can be used to stimulate discussion and jog the memory.  At present we have a Home Life Reminiscence Box, which contains artefacts such as a 1970s dial telephone, copies of vintage “Radio Times”, a stone “pig” bed warmer and other small items.  The Holidays & Travel Box, appropriately presented in an old suitcase, contains period travel brochures, bus and train tickets, magazines and other items.

If you would like to borrow any of these boxes for your organisation or group or would like our Education Officer to come to visit you to talk about these then please contact us at


Corporate Season Ticket 2020 – Download a booking form here

Corporate ticket A5 leaflet.inddA Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway Season Ticket offers unlimited train journeys* and admission to the Museum of Scottish Railways for one year. The Corporate Season Ticket can be shared amongst work colleagues, groups of friends, or used in many other circumstances. It’s generally purchased by staff sports and social clubs, or provided as an employee benefit.

The ticket is valid for 2 adults and up to 3 children and must be shown on every visit.

The cost for a Corporate Season Ticket is £300 and extra children are charged at £35 i.e. Corporate Season Ticket for 2 adults & 4 children is £335.

* Terms and Conditions apply

Terms & Conditions for Season Tickets

  • Paid fees are non-refundable
  • valid for one year from the date of issue
  • must be presented to on train guard and/or Museum Assistant at time of visit
  • for travel on advertised public passenger trains on the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway and admission to the Museum of Scottish Railways during public opening hours
  • can be used for travel on the full length of line from Bo’ness to Birkhill and Manuel. This applies on most days we are open including Easter Egg Specials and Father’s Day. Cannot be used on other Special Events including Day Out With Thomas, Santa Steam Trains, Afternoon Tea and others as listed on our website
  • The ticket will not be accepted for use at any events which are not open to the general public (i.e. private hires and railway functions).
  • discount vouchers & complimentary tickets are not accepted as full or part payment for Season Tickets, payment in full required at time of purchase or in exchange for pre-purchased Season Ticket Gift Voucher.