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Boness and Kinneil Railway

The Boness and Kinneil Railway is home to an exciting collection of railway buildings, locomotives, equipment, carriages and wagons. And from March 2010 passengers can travel along the longer line from Bo'ness to Manuel across the impressive Avon Viaduct - a round trip of 10 miles.

Your journey through time starts at Bo'ness Station where our friendly volunteer staff will make you welcome.

Cross the railway line by the Highland Railway footbridge, a great vantage point to see the trains depart and walk past the goods shed to the Scottish Railway Exhibition. The exhibition contains a fascinating and educative collection of locomotives, carriages, wagons and railwayana telling the story of the railways in Scotland. The exhibition building has been extended and as well as displaying The Scottish Railway Preservation Society's historic collection there is also a demonstration workshop.

Before departing on the train take a few minutes to view the award winning 1899 built Caledonian Railway signal box recently restored to control an impressive array of North British Railway signals.

Your train travels along the southern shore of the Firth of Forth then climbs to Birkhill, where a short walk through woodland takes you down into the delightful Avon Gorge. There set in the hillside is the Birkhill Fireclay Mine, where experienced guides can lead you underground to explore the cavernous mine workings. The train then continues over the Avon Viaduct to Manuel before returning to Birkhill and Boness.

On your return to Boness station you can call at The Station Coffee Shop for a meal or a snack then visit the 'O' gauge model railway that's just next door. Special events are a feature at Bo'ness from a 'Day out with Thomas' to vintage vehicle meetings, Diesel Galas and Santa Steam Trains.

General Information:

  • Free coach and car parking at Boness Station

  • Coffee Shop and Souvenir Shop at Boness Station

  • Access for disabled at Boness and carriage with wheelchair access usually available on ordinary timetable days

  • Access to Birkhill Fireclay Mine not suitable for wheelchairs but path through woods and meadow is suitable

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  • Directions

    Boness is on the southern shore of the River Forth, 8 miles west of the Forth Road Bridge. From the east leave the M9 at junction 3 from the west leave it at junction 5; in both cases follow the brown tourist signs.

    Boness and Kinneil Railway Postcode for SatNav: EH51 9AQ


    +44 (0)1506 822 298
    +44 (0)1506 825855 (office)

    Union Street
    EH51 9AQ

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