Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway

Introduction

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.






Dates

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

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.


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



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.
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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 is the northern terminus of the Boness and Kinneil Railway (Preserved) (Boness and Kinneil Railway ).
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NCB no.19 (Hunslet 3818 of 1954) leaves Bo'ness with the 12.10 to Manuel, on 1 August. ...
Bill Roberton 01/08/2017
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
Former NCB Comrie Colliery No.7, in the guise of BR 68007, working the service on 8 May. (Bill notes that by strange co-incidence he had photographed ...
Bill Roberton 08/05/2018
No.1 (Neilson Reid 5710) impersonates a certain Reverend W. Awdry character as it works the service train at Bo'ness on 9 October 2018.
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Bill Roberton 09/10/2018