We’re sorry that you can’t see our wonderful collection of all things railways at the moment.
The Museum will be open again in 2022 with an extended opening season. You can see what there is to do below and we look forward to welcoming you back next year.
We are building a new entrance to our museum and unfortunately this has taken longer than expected. The new entrance is funded by Museum Galleries Scotland and will catch the eye of visitors on the platform at Bo’ness Station. It will be accessed from the visitor trail that takes in the new Engineering facility next door which is being built by funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Whilst the construction work is going on, visitor access is not permitted.
Left is a photo of the new entrance to the Museum taken in July.
While we are closed we have been making lots of improvements to the Museum funded by Museum Galleries Scotland and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Check out what we have been up to:
• New LED lighting to replace our old halogen lights
• New exhibition and vehicle display panels
• Deep cleaned all 50 vehicles on display in the museum
• New temporary exhibition for 2022
• Working on displays for the viewing gallery in the new Engineering facility where visitors can see restoration in action
• Improved the walkways in our Display Shelter…and so much more
Museum of Scottish Railways
Get hands on and discover railway history through fun interactive displays. Climb on board our vintage Glasgow Subway car and feel the past surround you. Become a signalman and pull the levers on the authentic signal lever frame and challenge your friends to work out how to operate the points. Get an insight into life aboard a travelling Post Office Coach by sorting the letters yourself and don’t miss the famous video of the Night Mail.
Brass Rubbing Trail – Help yourself to a free booklet and follow the visitor trail from Bo’ness Station to the Museum finding our eight new brass rubbings on the way! Pop in to the Display Shed on the way which houses the last remaining “Glasgow Blue Train”, a recently restored Class 126 Diesel Multiple Unit and several other heritage items of rolling stock.
See the collection online Explore our small object collection by clicking here and discover the thousands of objects in our collection from photographs to signs and costume to publicity posters. This website will be frequently updated so please check back for updates.
Admission Times & Prices
Where Are We?
Where are we?
Find us at the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway, access over the metal footbridge in the car park or via our level Visitor Trail and next to the Model Railway at Bo’ness Station which takes in the whole site including our Display Shed and is included in your admission price.
Getting between Bo’ness Station and Museum
There is a 500 metre level walk from the station to the museum buildings, or alternatively a shorter route over the footbridge at the entrance to the carpark. Wheelchair users may find parts of the level path challenging due to the rough surface of the path. We are working to improve the path and look at other ways to make the museum more accessible but in the meantime if you would like to arrange vehicle access to the museum please call the museum in advance on 01506 201521. Alternatively you can talk to a member of station staff at the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway on train running days and they will help if staffing levels allow.
About the Collection
The collection is based in the Museum of Scottish Railways at Bo’ness and we also have a significant object and archive collection, illustrating the history of railways in Scotland, a history which of course is still being written.
Most of the railway heritage items not currently operating are displayed in the Museum of Scottish Railways, or in our new vehicle display area, beside Bo’ness Station. Some items are kept in buildings which do not have public access, but there are occasional guided tours to these – see More to Enjoy at the Museum above. For access to collections not on display please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We were awarded full Accreditation status, as the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway, on 30th April 2009. The award demonstrates that we have achieved defined national standards relating to governance, visitor services and collection management. Our collection has also been recognised through the Scottish Government Recognition Scheme as being of national significance.
Further details of the collection vehicles can be found on the Scottish Railway Preservation Society Collections Website.
NEW for 2019 Our small object collection can be viewed by clicking here. This website will be frequently updated so please check back for updates.
“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
Scottish Charity No. SC002375