The Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway is a heritage railway in Bo'ness, near Edinburgh, 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:Bo'ness railway station at Bo'ness (i.e. Borrowstounness)
Kinneil Halt (Request stop)
Birkhill railway station
Most of the steam fleet have had major industrial careers in Scotland, but a few ex-mainline types are also in constant service.
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.
Former main-line diesel locomotives are abundant on the Bo'ness Railway, and diesel galas are held each year.
The DMUs do not see much service.
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.
A small collection of LNER coaches reside at Bo'ness, though most of the collection has yet to be restored.
Two of the railway's Norwegian coaches were originally restored and used on passenger trains, though they have since been grounded for other purposes.
The SRPS owns some of the last surviving HR coaches in existence today.
None of the SRPS's LMS coaches are currently in operational condition.
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.
As with the LMS and Caledonian coaches, none of the North British Railway coaches are in service on passenger trains.
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, or Green/Cream.
The Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway's stock includes rare, or even unique, builds for special purposes.
Due to a lack of loops mid-journey, demonstration freight trains are restricted to the yard at Bo'ness.
In the days of steam wagons like these would have been used to transport coal across the country and into England and Wales.
Brake vans are traditionally used either in front of, or behind trains.
Tankers were originally designed for the safe transportation of liquids.2000 re-make of The Railway Children, filmed on the Bluebell Railway using No.673 "Maude".
The railway themed episode of Bits and Bobs.
2008 re-make of The 39 Steps.
Featured on the MacAulay and Co. radio programme on BBC Radio Scotland.
Location of railway scenes from Case Histories, BBC One. 2011
Ken Loach The Angels' Share at Birkhill Station for the opening with Actor Gary Maitland as Albert.
Still Game one of the Episode Big Yin ending scene when Big Innes Clive Russell on the train.
The film The Railway Man, starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, is based on the autobiography of Eric Lomax. Made in 2013, it was released in January 2014.
In the 2012 film Cloud Atlas, Jim Broadbent's character Timothy Cavendish alights at the station.