Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic we will assess whether it is feasible to run our Santa Trains, taking into account the latest government advice at the time, in September. 

In 2020 you can make a great start to the festive season with a visit to Santa aboard a steam train.


This year, Santa Steam Trains will run on:

Sunday 29th November

Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th December
Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th December
Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th December

Wednesday 23rd December

Departure times from Bo’ness Station are

      10.30, 12.00, 13.30 and 15.00


Adult TBC

Child (18m to 15yrs) TBC

Infant (under 18 months at time of travel) TBC

(NOTE: infants are not allocated a seat but do receive a present from Santa).

Pre-booking is essential, there are no tickets available at the station on the day.




During the seven mile round journey to Birkhill, Santa will meet all the children and give each one a gift. At the station, adults will receive complimentary seasonal refreshments. So combine the nostalgia of steam with a treat for the children to make a really great festive get together!

  • Journey time approximately one hour (NB The train will be stationary for part of the journey)
  • Santa visits each child with a gift
  • Complimentary refreshments for adults at Bo’ness Station

What’s more there is …

  • Free parking
  • Reserved seats
  • Wheelchair-friendly coach (please let us know in advance to book)
  • Museum of Scottish Railways
  • Model Railway
  • Gift shop
  • Station Buffet available for meals and refreshments


Do I have to book in advance?
Yes. Santa Steam Trains, especially those for the weekend before Christmas book up quickly. You can book your tickets here when available.
Can I get a group discount?
No, there are no concessions, carer or group booking discounts available.
Does our ticket price include our train fare?
How long does the journey last?
The journey to Birkhill and back takes about one hour. The train will be stationary for part of the journey to allow Santa time to meet all young passengers. Complimentary seasonal refreshments for adults will be available at Bo’ness Station before or after your journey.
Do all children receive a present from Santa?
Do you have facilities for disabled visitors?
Wheelchair accommodation is available in Coach B and must be pre-booked. When making your booking, please advise if assistance will be required.
Bo’ness Station has dedicated disabled parking, an access ramp for wheelchairs and toilets for the disabled. All trains are equipped with ramps for easy wheelchair access.
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 station is permitted throughout the day should you prefer to leave your pushchair, pram or buggy in your car. 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.
Can I bring my dog?
Only guide /assistance dogs are permitted at this event.
Is the Museum of Scottish Railways open?
Yes, subject to weather conditions, the Museum of Scottish Railways will be open 11am until 3pm (last admission 2.30pm) and is included in your ticket price.

What else can we do?
• Treat yourself to a meal in the Station Buffet
• Visit our gift shop at Bo’ness Station
• Take the time to explore Bo’ness’ historic buildings and unique shops

How do we get to you?
The Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway is about 40 minutes drive from Edinburgh and Glasgow. See information here.