Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway

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Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway
Bo'ness
Kinneil
Birkhill
Manuel Junction
Glasgow–Edinburgh via Falkirk line

The Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway is a heritage railway in Bo'ness, Scotland. It is operated by the Scottish Railway Preservation Society (SRPS), and operates a total of over 5 miles of track (between Bo'ness and Manuel Junction, via Kinneil and Birkhill), virtually the entire Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway that became part of the former North British Railway on the Firth of Forth. Bo'ness railway station is the nucleus of the planned Scottish Railway Museum.

The railway has three main stations and small halt:

A view of the railway at the Bo'ness end of the line in 1985

Steam locomotives[edit]

Most of the steam fleet have had major industrial careers in Scotland, but a few ex-mainline types are also in constant service.

Operational[edit]

Number & name Description History & current status Livery Owner(s) Build Date Photograph
No. 19. J94 Austerity 0-6-0ST No. 19 was purchased by the railway from Comrie Colliery. It returned to service in March 2015 following overhaul. Boiler ticket expires in 2024. NCB Green 1954 NCB J94 Austerity No.19.jpg
No. 7. J94 Austerity 0-6-0ST Boiler Ticket expires 2021. BR Black (as 68007) 1954 Austerity Number 7.jpg
No. 1 Lord Roberts Neilson Reid 0-6-0T No. 1 was built by the former Glasgow-based company and was sold to Coltness Iron Company near Lanarkshire in 1902, and that year was named after a famous Field Marshal of the Victorian and early Edwardian eras. After many decades spent both in operation and in store, the National Coal Board acquired it for further duties in 1955. Major damage was the cause of withdrawal in 1968 and it was eventually donated to the SRPS for restoration and future use. Restoration was completed in 1996 and it became a fully licensed Thomas the Tank Engine replica for events. Boiler lifted back into the frames March 2017 and returned to service 13th May 2017. Thomas the Tank Engine Blue. 1899 Nelson Reid Number 1.jpg

Undergoing overhaul/restoration[edit]

Number & name Description Current status Livery Date Photograph
No. 62712 Morayshire LNER Class D49 4-4-0 Under contract overhaul at the Llangollen Railway. Return to traffic expected late 2018. N/A. 1928 Hungry work - geograph.org.uk - 904457.jpg
No.419 (55189) Caledonian Railway 439 Class 0-4-4T Expected to return to traffic in late summer/early autumn 2018. N/A. 1907 Bo'ness Railway Station - geograph.org.uk - 1072901.jpg
No. 80105 BR Standard Class 4 2-6-4T Overhaul being undertaken by Logs. A return to traffic could be possible during 2018. N/A. 1955 Bo'ness Kinneill Steam Railway at Birkhill Station - geograph.org.uk - 118368.jpg
No. 17 Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST Undergoing restoration at Scottish Vintage Bus Museum. NCB 1950

Stored/static[edit]

Number & name Description Current status Livery Date Photograph
No. 673 (65243) "Maude". North British Railway Class C (LNER Class J36) 0-6-0 On display in the Museum of Scottish Railways. BR Black 1891 The Bo'ness - Kinneil Railway - geograph.org.uk - 433988.jpg
No. 49 (62277) "Gordon Highlander". GNSR Class F (LNER Class D40) 4-4-0 On display in the museum, on loan from Glasgow Transport Museum. GNSR Green 1920 Gordon Highlander steam locomotive.jpg
No. 3442 (61994) "The Great Marquess". LNER Class K4 2-6-0 Arrived at Bo'ness in September 2017. To be displayed in the museum until the completion of owner John Cameron's new visitor centre in Fife.[1] BR Lined Black 1938 The Great Marquess - 2009-04-05.jpg
No. 45170. LMS Stanier Class 8F 2-8-0 Repatriated from Sivas in November 2010. Arrived at Bo'ness in November 2014 and currently awaiting restoration to working order, tender now being overhauled in the running shed. N/A 1942 Turkish 8F at Shildon - geograph.org.uk - 2531973.jpg
"Fair Maid of Foyers". 3 ft gauge Andrew Barclay Sons & Co. 0-4-0T Supplied new to Morrison & Mason, Bucknall. Locomotive has been fully overhauled, steam tested, and is on display in the Museum of Scottish Railways. Lined Green 1899
No. 42. (68095) NBR G Class (LNER Y9 Class) 0-4-0ST On static display in the museum. NBR Brown/Green 1887 NB 0-4-0ST 18386 'No 20' & NBR Y9 0-4-0ST No 42 (1887) BR 68095 Lytham Motive Power Museum Aug 1968 (9862902686).jpg
"City of Aberdeen" Aberdeen Gas Works 0-4-0ST On loan to the Tanfield Railway. Blue 1887
No. 3 "Lady Victoria". Andrew Barclay 0-6-0ST Stored, a cosmetic overhaul is being arranged. Yellow 1916 Bo'ness. - geograph.org.uk - 71178.jpg
"Lord King" Hawthorn Leslie 0-4-0ST masquerading as Percy for Thomas days. Currently painted as "Percy". 1926
No. 3 "Clyde's mill". Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST Stored in the display shed, no plans for a return to steam. Green 1928 Bo'ness. - geograph.org.uk - 71753.jpg
"Lord Ashfield" Andrew Barclay Sons & Co. 0-6-0 Fireless Locomotive Museum display. Red 1931 Manchester Museum of Science & Industry geograph-3281711-by-Ben-Brooksbank.jpg
No. 4 Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST Stored, awaiting restoration. NCB Black 1937
No. 3 Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST Stored, awaiting restoration. Blue 1937 Old timer - geograph.org.uk - 903555.jpg
ex-Wemyss Private Railway No. 20 Andrew Barclay 0-6-0T moved from the display shed to the running shed, December 2017-January 2018, once 419 is finished a full assessment will be carried out and overhaul will start. W.P.R. Brown 1939
No. 6. Andrew Barclay 0-4-0 Crane Tank On static display in the museum. Coalville Green 1942
No. 17. J94 Austerity 0-6-0ST Partially dismantled no plans for a return to steam. N/A 1943
No. 24. Andrew Barclay 0-6-0T Stored in the display shed, no plans for a return to steam. NCB Black 1953
No. 5. J94 Austerity 0-6-0ST Partially dismantled no plans for a return to steam. N/A 1955

Diesel/electric shunters[edit]

As with almost all of the preserved lines in Britain, diesel shunters are predominantly used to move rolling stock and locomotives around the yard at Bo'ness.

Number & name Description Current status Livery Date Photograph
None Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engine Co. Ltd. 4w 0-4-0 Static display in the museum. Dark Blue 1940
No. 1 Andrew Barclay 0-6-0 Diesel-Mechanical Static display in the museum. Green 1941
None Ruston & Hornsby 4w Diesel-Mechanical 88DS 0-4-0 Stored/Static display N/A 1949
No. 7 Ruston & Hornsby 4w Diesel-Mechanical 88DS 0-4-0 Stored N/A 1949
No. P6687 Ruston and Hornsby 4w 0-4-0 Operational, regularly serves as a stock shunter. Green 1951
None Ruston & Hornsby Diesel-Mechanical 88DS 0-4-0 Operational. Green 1952
"Tiger" North British Locomotive Co. 4w 0-4-0DH Static display in the museum. Red 1954
"Texaco" No. 3 4w 0-4-0DM Operational at Scottish Vintage Bus Museum. Red 1958
Clyde Iron Works No. 1 4w 0-4-0DE Stored Green 1958
Clyde Iron Works No. 3 4w 0-4-0DE Stored Green 1958
No. D3558. BR 0-6-0 Class 08 Operational. BR Green 1958
No. D2767 BR 0-4-0 North British shunter Operational. BR Green 1960
No. 802 Ruston & Hornsby 4w 0-4-0DH Stored. N/A 1962
None Motor-rail Simplex 3 ft 4w 0-4-0DM Stored Green 1970

Heritage diesels[edit]

Former main-line diesel locomotives are abundant on the Bo'ness Railway, and diesel galas are held each year.

Number & name Description Current status Livery Date Photograph
No. 20020 BR Bo-Bo Class 20 Out of service due to mechanical issues. BR Blue 1959 No.20020 (Class 20) (7754547722).jpg
No. 25235 BR Bo-Bo Class 25 Out of service awaiting overhaul. BR Blue 1964 No.25235 (Class 25) (7754544540).jpg
No. 26038 BR Bo-Bo Class 26 In Service at the NYMR for the 2017 season. BR Blue 1959
No. 26024 BR Bo-Bo Class 26 Out of service for bogie overhaul. BR Blue 1959
No. 27001 BR Bo-Bo Class 27 Undergoing overhaul. BR Blue (rusted and faded) 1961 27001 in Bo'ness Yard.jpg
No. 27005/D5351 BR Bo-Bo Class 27 Under overhaul in the MMPD. BR Blue 1962 Bo'ness. - geograph.org.uk - 71183.jpg
No. 37025 "Inverness TMD" BR Co-Co Class 37 On loan to Colas Rail BR Blue Large Logo 1961
No. 37261 BR Co-Co Class 37 Under overhaul. DRS Blue
No. 37067/37703 BR Co-Co Class 37 Operational. Debadged DRS blue.
No. 37403 "Isle of Mull" BR Co-Co Class 37 Main line operation. BR Blue Large Logo 1965 37403 in Bo'ness MMPD.jpg
No. 47643 BR Co-Co Class 47 Operational. ScotRail 1965 No.47643 (Class 47) (7754551122).jpg

Multiple units[edit]

The DMUs do not see much service.

Number & name Description Current status Livery Date Notes Photograph
Unit 51017+59404+79443+51043 BR Class 126 Operational BR Green 1959 (79443 was built in 1956) 51017, 59404 and 51043 are now virtually complete and form an operational unit. 79443 is undergoing a heavy body restoration.
Unit 303032 (formed of 75597+61503+75602) BR Class 303 Stored awaiting restoration. Strathclyde Black and Orange (61503 is in Carmine/Cream) 1959 61503 from unit 023 after 032s MBSO damaged by flashover Preserved Class 303 EMU set at the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway.jpg

Coaching stock[edit]

The SRPS's stock at Bo'ness includes 67 passenger and light freight coaches. It is one of the most varied collections in the U.K.

LNER teak panel coaches[edit]

A small collection of LNER coaches reside at Bo'ness, though most of the collection has yet to be restored.

Number & name Description Current status Livery Date Photograph
No. 10021 Gresley Third Class Corridor Currently under restoration. Teak Finish 1924 ~
No. 62515 Gresley Brake Second Class Corridor Stored, awaiting restoration. Teak Finish 1924 ~
No. 644 Gresley Buffet Car Operational - Seen mostly on service train for private functions. Teak Finish 1937 ~
No. 4271 Gresley Full Brake Pigeon Van Stored, awaiting restoration. BR Blue 1940 ~
No. 13803 Thompson Third Class Tourist Open Operational. (Sees only occasional use) Teak Finish 1947 ~
No. Sc80417E BR-Built Thompson Brake Third Class Non-Corridor Operational. (Sees only occasional use) Teak 1951 ~

Norwegian coaches[edit]

Two of the railway's Norwegian coaches were originally restored and used on passenger trains, though they have since been grounded for other purposes.

Number & name Description Current status Livery Date Photograph
No. 5010 Norges Statsbane 4-wheeled Full Brake Now located in Leven and owned by Fife Heritage Railway Worn Red 1914 ~
No. 791 Norges Statsbane Bogie-Open Saloon Part of the Gauge O Guild Model Railway. Teak Finish 1923 ~
No. 663 Norges Statsbane Bogie-Open Saloon Part of the Gauge O Guild Model Railway. Teak Finish 1937 ~

Highland Railway coaches[edit]

The SRPS owns some of the last surviving HR coaches in existence today.

Number & name Description Current status Livery Date Photograph
No. 5 4-Wheeled Passenger Brake Van Static display in the museum. HR Green 1870 ~
No. 89 Coupé 6-Wheeled Composite Stored. HR Green 1909 ~

LMS coaches[edit]

Number & name Description Current status Livery Date Photograph
No. 12059 Non-Corridor Third Class Compartment Stored in the open as little more than a shell. N/A 1930 ~
No. 37817 Luggage, Mail and Parcels Van Stored out in the open. N/A 1935 ~
No. M31036 Stanier (Period III) Full Brake Stored. N/A 1939 ~
No. 27389 BR-Built Third Class Open Currently undergoing restoration in the RCB. LMS Maroon 1948 ~
No. 27407 BR-Built Third Class Open Currently undergoing restoration in the RCB. N/A 1948 ~
No. 24725 BR-Built Corridor Composite Stored. LMS Maroon 1950 ~
No. DB999502 BR-Built Inspection Saloon Stored. LMS Maroon 1959 ~

Caledonian Railway coaches[edit]

Caledonian Railways stock was originally used with the CR 0-4-4T, but has seen little use of late due to the loco being out of traffic.

Number & name Description Current status Livery Date Photograph
No. 426 Caledonian Railway 9-Compartment Non-Corridor Stored out in the open in need of a full bodywork repair. N/A 1914 ~
No. 1375 Third Class Corridor Compartment Operational, used on private functions and at special events. CR Maroon and White 1921 ~
No. 464 Brake Corridor Composite Operational, used on private functions and at special events. CR Maroon and White 1923 ~

North British Railway coaches[edit]

As with the LMS and Caledonian coaches, none of the North British Railway coaches are in service on passenger trains.

Number & name Description Current status Livery Date Photograph
No. 1184 4-Wheeled Four Compartment Stored (body only). N/A Circa. 1870 ~
No. DE773090 6-Wheeled Composite Stored out of view (underframe only). N/A Circa. 1885 ~
N/A Third Class Six Compartment Body grounded on the platform at Birkhill. N/A N/A ~
No. 461 Invalid Saloon Stored. NBR 1919 ~
No. Sc3565E Third Class Corridor Compartment Used as a mess room. N/A 1921 ~
No. 467 Third Class Brake Stored. N/A 1921 ~

Glasgow & South Western Railway coaches[edit]

Number & name Description Current status Livery Date Photograph
N/A Third Class 5 Compartment (body only) Stored. N/A N/A, Before 1893 ~
No. 122 6-Wheeled Composite Part of the Steam Loco Dept. N/A 1901 ~
No. 731 Third Class Corridor Compartment Static display in the museum. N/A 1914 ~

BR Mk1s[edit]

The BR Mk1s were an abundant type of coach on the mainline in the early days of BR steam, and like the BR Standards, were built to be both durable and easy to maintain. Today Mk1s make up over 95% of all Bo'ness trains, generally made of three or four of them in Carmine/Cream, SRPS LMS Maroon.

Number & name Description Current status Livery Date Photograph
No. 24895 MK1 SK Undergoing a bodywork overhaul. Carmine/Cream 1955 ~
No. 9237 Mk1 BSOT Operational. Green/Cream 1956 ~
No. 4215 Mk1 TSO Operational. BR Maroon 1956 ~
No. 15834 Mk1 CK Stored out in the open. BR Maroon 1956 ~
No. 4422 Mk1 TSO Operational. Carmine/Cream 1956 ~
No. 4529 Mk1 TSO Stored, awaiting repairs. Carmine/Cream 1957 ~
No. NNX80218 Mk1 BSK (Courier) Operational, not on passenger trains. BR Green 1958 ~
No. 35185 Mk1 BSK Operational, with main-line certification. SRPS LMS Maroon 1958 ~
No. 13228 Mk1 FK Stored Green/Cream 1959 ~
No. 13229 Mk1 FK Operational, with main-line certification. SRPS LMS Maroon 1959 ~
No. 13230 Mk1 FK Operational, with main-line certification. SRPS LMS Maroon 1959 ~
No. 4831 Mk1 TSO Operational, with main-line certification. SRPS LMS Maroon 1959 ~
No. 4832 Mk1 TSO Operational. Carmine/Cream 1959 ~
No. 4836 Mk1 TSO Operational, with main-line certification. SRPS LMS Maroon 1959 ~
No. 4844 Mk1 TSO Operational. Carmine/Cream 1959 ~
No. 4856 Mk1 TSO Operational, with main-line certification. SRPS LMS Maroon 1959 ~
No. 3096 Mk1 FO Operational, with Main-Line Certification. InterCity 1959 ~
No. 1730 Mk1 RBR Operational, with main-line certification. SRPS LMS Maroon 1960 ~
No. 4871 Mk1 TSO Used as a mess facility. Blue/Grey 1960 ~
No. 21241 Mk1 BCK Operational. Carmine/Cream 1961 ~
No. 5028 Mk1 TSO Operational. Carmine/Cream 1961 ~
No. 1866 Mk1 RMB Operational. Green/Cream 1961 ~
No. 1859 Mk1 RMB Operational, with main-line certification. SRPS LMS Maroon 1962 ~
No. 18788 Mk1 SK Stored, awaiting removal. Network SouthEast 1962 ~
No. 35304 Mk1 BSK Operational, used as a support coach. Carmine/Cream 1962 ~
No. NNX80221 Mk1 Courier (ex-BSK) Used as a mess facility on Bo'ness Platform 2. Blue/Grey 1962 ~
No. 35405 Mk1 BFK Operational, used on Santa Specials. Plain Maroon 1962 ~
No. 3115 Mk1 FO Operational, with main-line certification. SRPS LMS Maroon 1962 ~
No. 3150 Mk1 FO Stored, with main-line certification. BR Green 1962 ~
No. 35512 Mk2a BSK Stored Blue/Grey 1967 ~
No. 5412 Mk2a TSO Operational, with main-line certification. SRPS LMS Maroon 1968 ~
No. 80382 Mk1 POS On display. Royal Mail Red 1975 ~
No. 80437 Mk1 POT Being converted into a shop. Post Office Red 1976 ~
No. 10535 Mk3a Sleeping Car Used as volunteer staff accommodation. InterCity 1982 ~
No. 10668 Mk3a Sleeping Car Used as volunteer staff accommodation. InterCity 1982 ~

Other coaches[edit]

The Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway's stock includes rare, or even unique, builds for special purposes.

Number & name Description Current status Livery Date Photograph
None GNSR Royal Saloon Static display in the museum. GNSR 1897 ~
No. 245 WCJS Third Class Corridor Stored. N/A 1903 ~

Freight stock[edit]

Due to a lack of loops mid-journey, demonstration freight trains are restricted to the yard at Bo'ness.

Mineral wagons[edit]

In the days of steam wagons like these would have been used to transport coal across the country and into England and Wales.

Number & name Description Current status Livery Date Photograph
No. 286 Callander Coal Company Wagon Static display in the museum. Callander Coal Company Grey N/A ~
No. 755 Carron Company Wagon Static display in the museum. Brown Circa. 1890 ~
No. 65013 NBR 8-Ton Double-Ended Static display in the museum. Loco Coal NB Grey Circa. 1890 ~
No. 189 RCH 12-Ton 7-Plank Static display in the museum. Kinneil Sandy Red 1930 ~
No. B579284 BR 16T Mineral Wagon Operational. BR Grey 1957 ~
No. B555710 BR 16T Mineral Wagon Operational. BR Bauxite 1958 ~
No. B314632 BR 21T (with roller bearings) Operational. BR Bauxite 1962 ~
No. B314633 BR 21T (with roller bearings) Operational. BR Bauxite 1962 ~
No. B314636 BR 21T (with roller bearings) Operational. BR Rusted Grey 1962 ~
No. 350001 EWS 32.5T HCA Hopper Operational EWS 1964 ~

Brake vans[edit]

Brake vans are traditionally used either in front of, or behind trains.

Number & name Description Current status Livery Date Photograph
No. 437 CR Six-Wheeled 20-Ton Static display in the museum. CR Bauxite 1920 ~
No. 731916 LMS 20-Ton Undergoing restoration. LMS Bauxite 1945 ~
No. B951148 BR 20-Ton Operational, used on demo freights. BR Grey 1951 ~

Tanker wagons[edit]

Tankers were originally designed for the safe transportation of liquids.

Number & name Description Current status Livery Date Photograph
Scottish Tar Distillers No. 78 Rectangular Tanker Static display in the museum. Black 1877 ~
Oakbank Oil Company No. 13 10T Tanker Static display in the museum. Black 1894 ~
No. A43 Shell BP Tanker Static display in the museum. Black 1897 ~
Naval Store No. 161 14T Tanker Static display in the museum. Black 1918 ~
Briggs, Dundee No. 20 14T Tanker Operational. Black 1918 ~
Briggs No. 17 14T Tanker Stored. Black 1927 ~
No. 206 20T Tanker Stored. Silver DCL 1930 ~
No. 241 20T Tanker Stored. Silver DCL 1940 ~
No. 4 20T Tanker Stored. BP Chemicals 1941 ~
No. 14 14T Nitric Acid Tanker Static display in the museum. Grey 1941 ~
No. 252 20T Tanker Stored. Distiller's Co. Ltd Silver 1951 ~
No. 261 20T Tanker Stored. British Hydrocarbon Chemicals Silver 1956 ~
No. BPO67496 45T TTA Tanker Stored. BP Green 1966 ~

Appearances in film, TV and media[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Great Marquess starts a new chapter of its life back in Scotland at The Museum of Scottish Railways". Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway. 26 September 2017. Archived from the original on 27 September 2017. Retrieved 27 September 2017.

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