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Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway is set to benefit from a huge National Lottery Heritage Fund grant.
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Heritage railways across Scotland have suffered major setbacks after a series of vandalism attacks and landslides during lockdown.
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Dunaskin Platform: Looking south along the ARPG Platform at Dunaskin on 30 August 2015. On the far right is the Network Rail line from Dalrymple Junction, currently out of use. Once past the 10 mph sign, ownership changes to Hargreaves for the line up to Chalmerston Opencast, now also out of use. No. 10 is back on Brake van Shuttle duty.
Colin Miller 30/08/2015


Whitrope Siding: I bet you didn't know they had a Leyland railbus on the Waverley route; nor that the Waverley was part of London Underground's Circle Line. Scene at the WRHA's Whitrope Heritage Centre on 10 July 2015.
Ken Strachan 10/07/2015


Brechin: A Barclay at Brechin in August 1983. The locomotive belonged to Ian Fraser, who acquired it from a local sugar beet railway.
Peter Todd /08/1983

More than £80,000 of a £100,000 target has been raised for Boness and Kinneil Railway within a week.
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Public pledge support for heritage railway.
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On the evening of Tuesday 11th and in the early hours of Wednesday 12th August, much of Scotland was battered by severe thunderstorms. During a subsequent inspection of the Boness Kinneil Railway, the Scottish Railway Preservation Society (SRPS) Civil Engineer identified multiple landslips along approximately a mile-long stretch of the railway. The line was declared unfit for traffic and the railway closed to passenger trains. Please note that engineering trains will still operate to facilitate repairs: do not trespass on the railway.
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A hydrogen-powered train is to be built and tested in Scotland as ministers prepare to banish diesel from passenger rail services within 15 years.

The experimental train will be created by converting ScotRail carriages retired in December. [A Class 314.]

It is likely to be tested on a heritage line in Scotland like the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway, which has been used for trials of battery trains.
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When the use of steam power on Britain's railways ended in 1968, the notion of heritage rail was unknown. No one foresaw the huge role that heritage railways would come to play in Britain's railway scene today.

Whether at the Bo'ness and Kinneil, Caledonian Railway, Royal Deeside, Strathspey or elsewhere, steam provides the magic attraction at the heart of the heritage railway appeal. Around 13 million visitors every year, many from overseas, help the sector generate an estimated £400 million for the UK economy. Not to mention the value heritage rail provides in terms of direct employment, skills training, education and development.
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Scotland's leading heritage railway is planning to develop its stations into destinations in their own right to attract more passengers and increase the frequency of trains.
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All roads, well railway tracks at least, led to Bo'ness on Monday morning for a key announcement from the Scottish Railway Preservation Society (SRPS).
For the past year it has been full steam ahead to create a new halt for the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway at the former Manuel Junction adjacent to the Edinburgh/Glasgow main line.
The new halt was formally opened by Linlithgow and East Falkirk MP Michael Connarty MP and his wife, Margaret, and marks a significant milestone for the SRPS.
It might have taken 30 years to make the link with the main line but the future is looking rosy for the charity which moved to Bo'ness from Falkirk in the early 1980s and which has gone from strength to strength, bringing around 60,000 visitors to Bo'ness annually.
With the link to Manuel now fully operational, passengers can enjoy a 10-mile round trip and future plans include a car park at Manuel and, eventually, a booking office to enable passengers to travel into Bo'ness from the new platform, a move which the SRPS is confident will benefit Bo'ness.
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Manuel High Level: The 1045 from Bo'ness following arrival at Manuel on 16 October hauled by no 17 Braeriach.
Brian Forbes 16/10/2010


Bo^ness: 55189 departs from Boness station with a mixed train on 24 February 2009. The engine is soon to be overhauled, assisted by proceeds from this photo charter.
John Robin 24/02/2009


Birkhill: The former station building from Monifieth now stands at Birkhill on the SRPS system, following its appearance at the Glasgow Garden Festival in 1988. The much travelled station is seen here on 7 August looking south west towards Manuel.
John Furnevel 07/08/2007

At quarter to 11 yesterday morning, the Morayshire, an octogenarian steam engine, painted a smart deep green, is about to depart Bo'ness for Manuel, five miles down the line. Apologies for any inconvenience caused but the train is experiencing a slight delay - some 53 years, 10 months and 22 days.
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Manuel: There were two stations at Manuel, located between Polmont and Linlithgow. A high level station (closed to passengers in 1967) stood on the E&G main line, with a low level station (closed as long ago as 1933) located on the Monkland line. Both stations were situated on the north side of what became the village of Whitecross, built in the 1930s to house employees of the enormous Manuel brickworks (now abandoned) that stood alongside and to the west of the village.
David Panton //


Birkhill: In a scene reminiscent of the 1950s caley tank 55189 does a run past for a photo charter at Birkhill station.
John Robin 24/02/2009


Manuel High Level: A westbound Edinburgh - Glasgow shuttle passing the site of Manuel station in July 2007. Originally opened as Bo'ness Junction in 1842, the station was eventually closed in March 1967. The line to Boness, now owned and operated by the SRPS, can be seen on the left beyond the wire fence.
John Furnevel 07/07/2007

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