City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway


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Working passenger steam trainline, not far from Edinburgh, that is run by the Scottish Railway Preservation Society. Since Bo'ness station opened in 1981, the line has been gradually extended and stations built by the volunteer-led Society as a showcase of traditional steam rail travel. Railway buildings and infrastructure capture the setting of an earlier era in train travel. The train runs along the shores of the Forth, across the Avon Viaduct.

The journey along the five-mile heritage track takes just under half-an-hour one-way, and 68 minutes there and back. From Bo'ness Station the train continues to Birkhill, where you can see ancient fossils and mining paraphenalia at the Birkhill Fireclay Mine; at Kinneil Halt Station, there is a nature reserve, with views across to the Ochil Hills, and a 15-minute walk takes you to the Kinneil woods and museum; the final stretch of the line takes you passed the Edinburgh-Glasgow mainline to Manuel where the engine changes ends for the return journey.

You can catch trains every weekend from April to October and most weekdays in July, August and select other days.

Bo'ness Station also houses the Scottish Railway Exhibition, one of Britain's largest railway museums with around 50 locomotives, carriages, and wagons. Open 7 days a week from 2 April to 2 October.