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.

Please contact our office on 01506 825855 or email for further information.





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