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Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway

Bo'Ness Station Union Street, Bo'ness EH51 9AQ, Scotland
+44 1506 822298
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This hidden gem, only 40 minutes drive from Glasgow and Edinburgh, is located in the historic town of Bo’ness. Our friendly staff will welcome you aboard one of our heritage steam or diesel-hauled trains and wish you a pleasant journey. The train travels along the shore of the Firth of Forth with views of the majestic Ochil Hills, before climbing a tree-lined gradient, passing woodland, wild flowers and waterfalls to the country station of Birkhill. Alight here to take a stroll in the ancient woodlands of the Avon Gorge.Beyond Birkhill, the train crosses the River Avon Viaduct to Manuel beside the Edinburgh to Glasgow railway line. Back at Bo’ness, visit the Museum of Scottish Railways, extended in 2012 with the addition of a 16,000 sq. ft. train shed to house the last remaining "Glasgow Blue Train", a recently restored Class 126 Diesel Multiple Unit and several other heritage items of rolling stock. In the main exhibition hall, operate a railway signal and points, climb aboard heritage locomotives and learn about the making, operating and using of Scottish Railways through the ages. Take time to sort some letters in the Post Office Sorting Van and view the classic video "Night Mail". Free parking, Station Buffet and Gift Shop.
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Bo'Ness Station Union Street, Bo'ness EH51 9AQ, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday

Visited early Saturday morning. We were running late and staff kindly opened side gate to let us get into ticket office quickly to catch train. Was a lovely train journey the kids got the punch their own tickets when conductor came round and at termination...More

Thank Susan S
Bonessrailway, Manager at Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for coming to see us, our staff are good at spotting people arriving and are happy to help. We like our visitors to join in with the fun and I can see you did that. Waving is an important part of our day...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I visited with two of our grandchildren (both under 5). The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. We had a trip on the train and then spent some time wandering around the museum. A great way to spend a few hours. The...More

Thank Yellowbus2014
Bonessrailway, Manager at Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for coming to see us with your wife and young grandchildren. Sounds like you enjoyed our hands on experience which is suitable for all ages. We hope you will come back and see us again soon.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Trip out to Bo'ness arrived at 10.30 classic car show outside added a little bit extra great wee steam train ride and well thought out museum left at 3pm after an enjoyable day

Thank dennismeggerland
Bonessrailway, Manager at Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Great to hear you came and enjoyed our Father's Day event. We hope you will come back and visit us again soon.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Been here to many times to count. Another great day. Brilliant sunny run on the train. Brilliant classic cars. Cafe not usual standard. 45 mins for cheese toastie sadly only mildly warm and not quite toasted and tasted of onion. Shame as I enjoy the...More

Thank Loraine Y
Bonessrailway, Manager at Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Lorraine, lovely to welcome you back again yesterday for our Father's Day event. Sorry to hear the food you had from the Station Buffet was not up to the usual standard, this is not what our caterers would want. We will pass your feedback...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Bo’ness Station is in the Bo’ness town centre and has plenty of free parking. M9 J5 or J3 then follow the brown tourist signs to Bo’ness & the railway. SATNAV ref EH 51 9AQ. This attraction offers train trips and also there is a cafe...More

Thank Paul I
Bonessrailway, Manager at Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for helping us to get more visitors, it means a lot to our staff and volunteers and we love welcoming people aboard. We hope you come back and see us soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Situated between Glasgow and Edinburgh this is a truly must-see for all. Family friendly. Large bookstore with many second-hand books at affordable prices. Check website for time-table. Parking no problem.More

Thank BarryBarry55
Bonessrailway, Manager at Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your visit and review. We are very lucky to be less than an hour's drive from Glasgow and Edinburgh and have plenty of free parking too. Many people spend hours getting lost in the bookstore you describe which is housed in a...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked this day for our brownie pack . We booked a trip to Manuel on the steam train and a visit to the museum. On arrival at the meet up point a member of the team came out and greeted us. He advised that...More

Thank Clairebaire
Bonessrailway, Manager at Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Aww thank you, we enjoyed having you all too! It's lovely we can offer a hands on experience for our visitors and that you made the most of it. We have shared your comments with our staff and volunteers as it means a lot to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice day out, especially on a sunny day. The old steam train passes a few stops on the route and you can get off and on as many times as you like through the day. The walk back into Bo'ness from Kinneil is pleasant and...More

Thank Daniel M
Bonessrailway, Manager at Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Yes there is plenty of our site to wander around on a nice day and we've picnic areas too. In the not so good weather there are indoor things to do too like our hands on exhibits in the museum. Yes train tickets on standard...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited on a Friday when only the museum was open. We were disappointed not to have seen the whole of the railway. A good little museum which was very interesting to the railway nuts in the family.More

Thank Dottie007
Bonessrailway, Manager at Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are glad you enjoyed visiting our museum which is two large buildings of carriages, locomotives and other railway items. Our collection has been recognised through the Scottish Government Recognition Scheme as being of national significance. We hope you managed to sort the mail in...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The attention to detail here is astonishing; you could almost forget you were in the 21st century as this place takes you back to Victorian Scotland with its steam train, old fashioned platform and lovely wee cafe. The staff (who are all volunteers) are friendly,...More

Thank mizliz_uk
Bonessrailway, Manager at Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are pleased you enjoyed our authentic heritage railway experience, enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of a bygone era. Our volunteers really enjoy welcoming our visitors in to their world and encourage them to join in. Keep an eye on our website for what's...More

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Jackie L
How long does the afternoon tea train take? Thanks
17 June 2017|
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Response from Bonessrailway | Property representative |
Joyce is correct, the afternoon tea train leaves Bo'ness at 14.10, it's a return journey so it gets back to Bo'ness at 15.14. We look forward to seeing you soon, please remember pre-booking is essential for this.
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Hilary M
Is it possible to have just the "drive a steam train experience" since we live fairly local. It would be a 60 th present for my husband, a steam train enthusiast and is an engineer to trade. Looking for booking in 2017
26 July 2016|
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Response from Bonessrailway | Property representative |
Hi, yes we do offer Steam Footplate experiences, please contact our office on 01506 825855 and we can help you further. Kind regards Amanda Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway
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Hilary L
Hi there....left it late again to try and get 2 tickets, for day out with thomas, this summer. I have heard sometimes people sell their tickets due to them not being able to go. do you have any idea where I would be able to post or find these toes of tickets available? That people are selling ? tickets that people no longer want it need for sale ?
19 July 2016|
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Response from Leigh Y | Reviewed this property |
You could maybe try the Bo'ness selling pages on Facebook but not too sure but you could also try the later months
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