Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway


This railway was closed but has largely been re-opened as the Boness and Kinneil Railway by the Scottish Railway Preservation Society. The curve to the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway was built as part of the original line although this is now achieved via a reversing spur on a similar alignment but requiring reversal.


17/03/1851[Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway]
Causewayend to Boness opened
07/05/1956[Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway]
Boness to Polmont (Boness Junction) closed to passengers
19/07/1965[Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway]
Boness to Kinneil Colliery closed to freight
19/07/1975[Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway]
Kinneil to Manuel Junction closed
  /  /1979[Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway]
Scottish Railway Preservation Society starts to build line at Boness
  /  /1981[Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway]
New Boness station opened by Scottish Railway Preservation Society
  /  /1987[Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway]
Kinneil station opened by Scottish Railway Preservation Society
  /  /1989[Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway]
Birkhill station opened by Scottish Railway Preservation Society
  /  /1990Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway
Scottish Railway Preservation Society completes Bo'ness line to Manuel Junction (A station was opened here and the line may be extended to join the Union Canal).
  /  /1995[Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway]
Scottish Railway Museum opens as the Scottish Railway Exhibition at Boness

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.

Causewayend to Bo^ness

Looking south in 1994 to the abutment of the 1851 bridge over the Union Canal which carried the Slamannan Railway extension to Bo'ness. Off to the ...
Bill Roberton //1994

This was the low level of an interchange station. The station was to the north of the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway embankment. There was an interchange with its Manuel High Level station.

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The island platform of Manuel Low Level station in 1999. The bay is to the right and through platform to the left. View looks south to the E&G. The ...
Ewan Crawford //1999

This was the junction between two arms of the Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway. The line from the Bo'ness [1st] terminus ran south and divided here with a curve to the west going to meet the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway at Bo'ness High Junction and another route continuing under the E&G to Causewayend Junction. In its original state, before Manuel Low opened, both ...

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This fireclay mine was to the west of Birkhill station and by the River Avon. It produced clay for heat resistant bricks. It consisted of several pits and had its own narrow gauge line bridge over the River Avon. It was operated by P&M Hurll.

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Historically there was no station at Birkhill. This is a new station with old buildings. The main station building is from Monifieth and prior to reassembly at Birkhill was used at the Glasgow Garden Festival.

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Platform scene at Birkhill in March 2018.
John Yellowlees 10/03/2018
Caley 0-4-4T running round its Train at Birkhill in 2003. ...
Gordon Steel /06/2003
Nice lamps and signal posts in place. ...
John Yellowlees 07/05/2017
No 19 runs round at Birkhill on 15 April 1995. The trip to Bo'ness and thence Birkhill was an event in the Edinburgh International Science Festival. ...
David Panton 15/04/1995

This was a small station to the north west of Kinneil. Due to misspelling in timetables it was also known as Kinniel.

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This is the northern terminus of the Boness and Kinneil Railway (Preserved) (Boness and Kinneil Railway ).

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CR 0-4-4T No.419 waits to depart Bo'ness with the 14.10 to Manuel on 5th August 2019.
Bill Roberton 05/08/2019
NCB no.19 (Hunslet 3818 of 1954) leaves Bo'ness with the 12.10 to Manuel, on 1 August. ...
Bill Roberton 01/08/2017
CR 0-4-4T No.419 pauses at the Bo'ness platform end on 5th August 2019. 60163 'Tornado' is in the shed yard.
Bill Roberton 05/08/2019
The Furness Railway Trust's GWR 0-6-2T 5643 guested at the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway Steam Gala on 20-23 October 2017. Here the interloper takes water ...
Bill Roberton 14/10/2017

This museum is in exhibition halls located at Bo'ness, just north of the preserved station on the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway. The extensive collection includes locomotives, carriages, wagons and other items.

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Manuel Curve

This was largely an interchange station between the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway and the routes to Bo'ness and Slamannan. There were three high level platforms, two on the main line and a bay at the west end of the westbound platform for trains to Blackston Junction and beyond. Manuel Low Level was below at the east end of the high level station. When opened there was very ...

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Running round a train from Boness at Manuel on 9 April 2011. ...
John Yellowlees 09/04/2011
D49 4-4-0 no 246 Morayshire dropping down from Manuel with the SRPS 12.55 to Bo'ness on 6 August 2013. ...
Bill Roberton 06/08/2013
An Edinburgh - Glasgow shuttle approaching Manuel in July 2007. ...
John Furnevel 07/07/2007
GNR N2 0-6-2T 1744 running round at Manuel on 20 October 2013 after bringing in a service from Boness. ...
Bill Roberton 20/10/2013

This junction gave the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway access to the Bo'ness branch (Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway). Approach was from the west. Both lines were doubled with the branch dropping to single track after Bo'ness Low Junction. This layout dated from 1893 when a signal box ('Manuel High Level') opened here. The original 1851 connection was not direct but by ...

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