Here you can enjoy a journey on one of the steam trains of yesteryear.
Your journey starts in Bo’ness where you will find the Museum of Scottish Railways, Model Railway (open weekends and bank holidays), the visitor trail and picnic areas, toilets including wheelchair accessible and a baby changing area. You can also enjoy a refreshment in the Station Buffet and select a souvenir from the Gift Shop.
Be sure to visit the Museum of Scottish Railways Two large halls of historic locomotives, carriages and wagons as well as a railway themed activity area for children. The best way to get there is the 10 minute walk round the Visitor Trail which lets you see what happens round the site from Bo’ness station.
In 2014 passenger trains run on weekends and school holidays from 5 April until 26 October with special events on certain dates in November and December. The Museum is open 7 days a week from 5 April to 26 October.
To find out when passenger trains are running, please see the Prices and Timetable pages on the website and select the date you would like to visit from the calendar and see what is happening on that day. Please note where no coloured block is shown on the day you are looking at, there are no passenger trains and the Museum is closed.
The Gift Shop and Station Buffet are only open when trains are running and on special events.
You can download a copy of the calendar for 2014 from the website.
Friendly staff welcome visitors aboard their comfortable historic carriage on a beautiful steam train or heritage diesel from days of old and wish them a pleasant journey along the shores of the River Forth. The scenery is varied and beautiful all year round. Travel to Manuel, calling at Kinneil & Birkhill through smoke filled tunnels and remember the sounds and smells of yesteryear.
For on the move refreshments there is an on board buffet car, selling hot & cold drinks and crisps. Afternoon Tea is also served here most Saturdays and Sundays.
Recently awarded Local Nature Reserve Status. The area at Kinneil Halt is the first stop on your journey. It takes about seven minutes to get here by train from Bo’ness and if you choose to walk back along the coast it takes about 15 minutes of fresh air and wonderful views!
The foreshore walks are wheelchair and pushchair friendly and will be an enjoyable way to work up an appetite - It’s the perfect place for a picnic!
If you have time, why not take the 15 minute walk to Kinneil Estate and Museum. For lovers of Real Ale a five minute stroll will bring you to The Corbie Inn, the area’s newest bar and restaurant. With a traditional brewery situated to the rear of the Corbie Inn. On to Birkhill Station. This countryside location is a favourite with film-makers and has starred on TV & the silver screen. You’ll see it at the start of Ken Loach’s The Angels’ Share, it was used as a location for an episode of BBC’s Case Histories and was also part of a TK Maxx Christmas advert.
Manuel is the end of the line! Thanks to the hard work of the volunteers, visitors can stretch their legs at Manuel and enjoy a platform view of the engine changing ends to pull the train back to Bo’ness and take the chance to meet the driver.
Two different level viewing platforms enable visitors to experience the sharp contrast between our steam and heritage diesel trains of yesteryear and the fast trains of the mainline railway on the Edinburgh-Glasgow main line.
The train will stop here for around 15 minutes before setting off on the return journey to Bo’ness.
The railway also hosts special events during the season and Father’s Day on 15th June sees a Father's day treat for all the family - steam trains and classic cars. Details of all events can be seen on the website.
For more information on timetables, prices etc tel 01506 822298, e-mail email@example.com or see the website http://www.bkrailway.co.uk/
A visit to the Bo'ness and Kinneil railway would provide a good family day out in central Scotland while staying in one of Cooper Cottages self-catering holiday cottages.