In 2019 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:

Saturday 30th November & Sunday 1st December
Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th December
Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th December
Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd December

Departure times from Bo’ness Station are

      10.30, 12.00, 13.30 and 15.00


Adult £15

Child (18m to 15yrs) £15

Infant (under 18 months at time of travel) Free

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

On-line booking will open on Monday 7 October.

Pre-booking is essential and a link to our online booking site will be available here once open. 




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 booking is 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.

Santa Steam Trains Terms & Conditions - 2019

General Conditions

All seats are fully reserved and must be paid for in advance.
Your ticket is only valid for the date, departure time and coach printed on it.
Special offers and promotions, including Tesco vouchers, are not valid unless otherwise stated.
Ticket price includes the return journey.
There is no additional booking fee for cheque or card payments.
Tickets will be sent four weeks prior to your journey.
Seats are not allocated to children under 18 months of age.
When making a booking for Santa Steam Trains, please advise if assistance will be required for passengers with mobility difficulties. The train includes a specially adapted coach which can carry up to 6 passengers in wheelchairs.
Whilst every effort is made to run the services as advertised, the SRPS reserves the right to alter train services without notice.
Please allow plenty of time to reach Bo’ness and, if appropriate, sufficient time to park your car, and make your way to the platform to join the train.
Trains will not be held beyond their scheduled departure times.
To allow time for each child to meet Santa, please note that the train will be stationary for part of the journey.
A full refund will be given if the train service is unable to run.
The SRPS reserves the right to refuse access to, or remove from the train and stations, any persons who are considered to be using inappropriate behaviour affecting the safety of the train and its passengers, spoiling the enjoyment of others or failing to comply with any reasonable requests made by a member of the train or station staff.
If you have any issues during your journey please bring them to the attention of a member of staff so that there is an opportunity to rectify the situation.
Your personal details may be recorded in computer systems operated by the SRPS and SRPS Railtours for administration and marketing purposes.
All proceeds from Santa Steam Trains will be used for furthering the charitable purposes of the Scottish Railway Preservation Society.
Your booking is taken as constituting acceptance of these conditions.

Customer Cancellation or Alteration to a Booking

An administrative charge of £5 may be applied to any changes made to the booking after the tickets have been issued.
For cancellations received five or more days prior to the date of the booked train refunds will be given. To cover any non-recoverable charges or costs SRPS reserves the right to reduce the value of these refunds by up to the greater of £5 or 10% of the sum paid.
No refund will be given for cancellations received less than five days prior date of the booked train or for failure to board the train