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Out and about: The Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway By Dave Scott

On a recent trip to the Falkirk area in Scotland the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway was on the list of places to go. Situated a few miles from Falkirk in the Edinburgh direction it was well signposted and easy to find. The railway was built as part of the Slamannon to Bo’ness Railway in the mid 1800s to haul minerals to the Bo’ness Docks and to connect with the Edinburgh to Glasgow Railway.In 1979 the 5 mile line was taken over by the Scottish Railway Preservation Society (SRPS) who now operate trains from Bo’ness to Manuel using a variety of steam and diesel locos. Many of the buildings have come from other parts of Scotland and have been re-erected on site. Manuel also has a main line connection. This is used to support the mainline railtours operated by the SRPS. Unfortunately I couldn’t travel the full line as major works by BP Pipelines meant the line was closed part way for essential maintenance. However this did not detract from the views of the Firth of Forth from the train leaving Bo’ness station. Beyond Kinneil Halt the train climbed through a wood for most of the way to its stopping point, a stiff climb for the 2 Austerity Locos on the front, although I think they were assisted by the class 37 on the rear. A short photo stop on the return at Kinneil Halt was included in the journey. The yard area at Bo’ness is quite extensive, with various buildings for the Steam, Diesel and Carriage and Wagon Departments. In conclusion I can strongly recommend this railway for an excellent day out and would like to thank the friendly staff for their assistance. 36

Model Railway Express Issue Two January 2017  
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