Museum of Scottish Railways

Museum of Scottish Railways Visit Scotland's largest railway museum in Bo'ness for a family friendly day out! Visit the Museum of Scottish Railways, Scotland’s largest railway museum! * UPDATED OPENING HOURS * After October we are open 11 am - 3 pm for the Santa Trains weekends and Black Bun Specials on the following days: Saturday 25th November and 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd December Sunday 26th November and 3rd, 10th & 17th December Friday 29th to Sunday 31st December Follow the visitor trail or cross the historic footbridge at the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway to find this hidden gem.
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We have three large buildings full of wonders – from full size locomotives to old fashioned railway signs which once adorned the walls of busy railway stations, each with a story to tell. Get hands on and discover railway history through fun interactive displays. Climb on board our vintage Glasgow Subway car and feel the past surround you. Become a signalman and pull the levers on the authentic signal lever frame and challenge your friends to work out how to operate the points. Get an insight into life aboard a travelling Post Office Coach by sorting the letters yourself and don’t miss the famous video of the Night Mail. * NEW FOR 2017 * Brass Rubbing Trail – Help yourself to a free booklet and follow the visitor trail from Bo’ness Station to the Museum finding our eight new brass rubbings on the way! Pop in to the Display Shed on the way which houses the last remaining “Glasgow Blue Train”, a recently restored Class 126 Diesel Multiple Unit and several other heritage items of rolling stock. Admission Prices: - Adult Day Ticket (age 16 and over): £5 - Adult Annual Ticket (age 16 and over) which gives unlimited free entry for one year from the date of your first visit: £8 - Special price of £2 for one visit when purchased with your Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway ticket - Children (under 16) free admission with accompanying adult.

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30/12/2019

Heading to the Black Bun Specials at Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway over the next few days? Come and pop over to the Museum of Scottish Railways! We are open 11am-3.30pm 30-31 December and 2-3 January (last admission 3pm). #Hogmanay #choochoo

27/12/2019

If you’re going to the Diesel Gala at Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway tomorrow, then come and visit the Museum of Scottish Railways! We are open 11am-3.30pm (last admission 3pm). #diesel #GoIndustrial

Day 24: Christmas is almost upon us! Throwback to Santa’s snowy visit to Bo’ness in December 1993. We hope you enjoyed o...
24/12/2019

Day 24: Christmas is almost upon us! Throwback to Santa’s snowy visit to Bo’ness in December 1993. We hope you enjoyed our advent calendar - if you would like to know more about our museum & archive collections then get in touch! #Day24 #Adventcalendar #choochoo #christmaseve

Day 23 of Advent: This Beilhack self-propelled rotary snow blowing machine is the ultimate snowplough! It was built in 1...
23/12/2019

Day 23 of Advent: This Beilhack self-propelled rotary snow blowing machine is the ultimate snowplough! It was built in 1980 and based at Inverness. #Day23 #adventcalendar

Day 22 of Advent: Here's a festive photograph from our archive depicting a Preserved Caledonian Railway 4-2-2 No. 123 lo...
22/12/2019

Day 22 of Advent: Here's a festive photograph from our archive depicting a Preserved Caledonian Railway 4-2-2 No. 123 loco on a turntable in snowy weather. #Day22 #Adventcalendar #christmas #GoIndustrial

Day 21: This Glasgow & South Western Railway 6-wheel brake van, built in 1901, has been recently restored and is now on ...
21/12/2019

Day 21: This Glasgow & South Western Railway 6-wheel brake van, built in 1901, has been recently restored and is now on display in our Museum. When new, this van would have been used on the G&SWR's express trains between Glasgow or Carlisle, &Stranraer. #Day21 #adventcalendar

20th Day of Advent: Continuing on from yesterday’s post about County March Summit in Winter 1894/5 – here are some photo...
20/12/2019

20th Day of Advent: Continuing on from yesterday’s post about County March Summit in Winter 1894/5 – here are some photographs showing men digging snow from the railway cutting. Hard at work in the first photo, and off for a tea break in the second! #Day20 #adventcalendar

19th Day: Another day of advent, another historic photograph from our collection! This one documents a locomotive trying...
19/12/2019

19th Day: Another day of advent, another historic photograph from our collection! This one documents a locomotive trying to get through snow drifts at County March Summit, near Altnabreac during the harsh winter of 1894/5. #Day19 #Adventcalendar #GoIndustrial

Day 18: This British Railways poster in our collection dates to 1960, and urged people to send their Christmas parcels b...
18/12/2019

Day 18: This British Railways poster in our collection dates to 1960, and urged people to send their Christmas parcels by rail as early as they could to avoid disappointment! Today is your last day to send parcels and cards by 2nd class post #adventcalendar #day18

17th Day of Advent: Shopping for Christmas gifts this week? This Hornby Dublo EDP1 LNER Electric Passenger Train was a f...
17/12/2019

17th Day of Advent: Shopping for Christmas gifts this week? This Hornby Dublo EDP1 LNER Electric Passenger Train was a favourite toy for many children in the 1940s. Another gem from the collection #adventcalendar #Day17 #choochoo

Day 16 of Advent: Although we’ve not had snow yet, you can never be too prepared at this time of year! This photo from o...
16/12/2019

Day 16 of Advent: Although we’ve not had snow yet, you can never be too prepared at this time of year! This photo from our collection shows a large snowplough on this Barclay small goods 2-4-0 engine, dating to c.1863. #adventcalendar #day16 #GoIndustrial #snow

Day 15: Corrour Station on the Crianlarich - Fort William/Mallaig branch of the West Highland Line is the highest railwa...
15/12/2019

Day 15: Corrour Station on the Crianlarich - Fort William/Mallaig branch of the West Highland Line is the highest railway station in the UK at 1340 feet (408m). It’s the most remote station and is only accessible by train, often being obscured by snow as you can see in this photograph. The combined signal box and station at Corrour opened in 1894. #adventcalendar #day15 #Corrour

14th Day of Advent: If you are meeting Santa at Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway this weekend, have fun and don’t forget to pop...
14/12/2019

14th Day of Advent: If you are meeting Santa at Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway this weekend, have fun and don’t forget to pop over to the Museum of Scottish Railways, open 11am-3.30pm. Enjoy this photo from our archive showing Santa at Bo’ness in 1991. #adventcalendar #day14 #GoIndustrial

Day 13: the “Fair Maid of Foyers” was built by Andrew Barclay, Sons & Co. in 1899 – making this 0-4-0T industrial engine...
13/12/2019

Day 13: the “Fair Maid of Foyers” was built by Andrew Barclay, Sons & Co. in 1899 – making this 0-4-0T industrial engine 120 years old this year! This loco operated at British Aluminium Company’s plant in Foyers. You can come and see it on display at the Museum of Scottish Railways, open this weekend. #Day13 #adventcalendar

12th Day of Advent: The great snowstorm of December 1906, mentioned in yesterday’s post, also affected parts of the nort...
12/12/2019

12th Day of Advent: The great snowstorm of December 1906, mentioned in yesterday’s post, also affected parts of the north line from Inverness to Wick and Thurso. This photograph shows blockages at Ardullie, where drifts were up to 2.4 metres deep! #adventcalendar #day12 #christmas

11th Day of Advent: December 1906 saw harsh weather and blizzards throughout Scotland. This historic photograph from our...
11/12/2019

11th Day of Advent: December 1906 saw harsh weather and blizzards throughout Scotland. This historic photograph from our collection shows three engines and a plough charging a snowdrift on 29th December 1906 at Auchterneed, on the Kyle of Lochalsh line to Dingwall line. #Adventcalendar #day11

Day 10: Located along the scenic West Highland Line and overlooked by Ben Nevis, Banavie Station opened in 1901. This at...
10/12/2019

Day 10: Located along the scenic West Highland Line and overlooked by Ben Nevis, Banavie Station opened in 1901. This atmospheric photograph from our collection shows the original station building, demolished and replaced in the early 1980s, with the snow-covered peaks looming above. #day10 #adventcalendar #GoIndustrial

Day 9: Sending cards or presents by post this Christmas? Letters, cards & parcels used to be sorted while en-route in Tr...
09/12/2019

Day 9: Sending cards or presents by post this Christmas? Letters, cards & parcels used to be sorted while en-route in Travelling Post Office coaches - the coaches were fitted out with sorting racks! Come and see our Mk.1 Post Office Sorting coach, built 1975-7, on display at the Museum of Scottish Railways #Adventcalendar #Day9✉️🎁 #royalmail

In the 1950s the Christmas displays at the three main Glasgow stations attracted huge crowds. People flooded to see the ...
08/12/2019

In the 1950s the Christmas displays at the three main Glasgow stations attracted huge crowds. People flooded to see the giant Christmas trees, carol services, and even model trains! Spectators often made donations to Railway charities. Here's a poster advertising Christmas 1958. #adventcalendar #day8

Going to meet Santa @bonessrailway this weekend? Come & visit the Museum of Scottish Railways & join our Christmas Elf H...
07/12/2019

Going to meet Santa @bonessrailway this weekend? Come & visit the Museum of Scottish Railways & join our Christmas Elf Hunt. We are open Sat&Sun 11am-3.30pm (last admission 3pm). Good luck finding the mischievous hiding elves – here are some clues! #adventcalendar #day7 #GoIndustrial

6th Day of Advent:  Santa Steam Specials began at Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway in 1981. Here are two photos dating to 1985 ...
06/12/2019

6th Day of Advent: Santa Steam Specials began at Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway in 1981. Here are two photos dating to 1985 & 1986 taken from our Archive collection. #GoIndustrial #Christmas #adventcalendar #day6

5th day of Advent: Following on from yesterday’s post; all hands are on deck here as railwaymen cleared the path of this...
05/12/2019

5th day of Advent: Following on from yesterday’s post; all hands are on deck here as railwaymen cleared the path of this locomotive near Thurso. During snowy weather several engines could be joined together, often with a snow plough, to “charge” high snowdrifts in the Highlands.

This early 20th-century postcard from our collection depicts two steam locos stuck in a “Snow Wreath” near Thurso in Cai...
04/12/2019

This early 20th-century postcard from our collection depicts two steam locos stuck in a “Snow Wreath” near Thurso in Caithness. A Snow Wreath is an old Scots expression meaning snow drifts. #christmas #GoIndustrial

0-6-0 North British Railway No.673 locomotive, or “Maude” as it is more affectionately known, has had a pretty interesti...
03/12/2019

0-6-0 North British Railway No.673 locomotive, or “Maude” as it is more affectionately known, has had a pretty interesting life. Built in 1891 at Hyde Park Works in Springburn, Maude later served as a supply train behind the Western Front in France during WW1. Throughout the 1980s, Maude was used for a series of successful Santa Special Train tours!

Feeling the chill today? Here is a Caledonian Railway 4-2-2 No.123 battling through a snow blizzard. This engine was bui...
02/12/2019

Feeling the chill today? Here is a Caledonian Railway 4-2-2 No.123 battling through a snow blizzard. This engine was built by Neilson & Co and was originally made for display at the International Exhibition of Industry, Science and Art in Edinburgh in 1886 #christmas #GoIndustrial

The countdown to Christmas is on over here at the Museum of Scottish Railways! We will be posting our very own advent ca...
01/12/2019

The countdown to Christmas is on over here at the Museum of Scottish Railways! We will be posting our very own advent calendar all Christmas, celebrating both the festive season and objects from our collection 🎄 #christmas #GoIndustrial

29/11/2019

Going to meet Santa aboard the Polar Express at @Bonesskinneilrailway this weekend? Make sure you keep your ticket and you can visit the Museum of Scottish Railways for free! We are open Saturday and Sunday between 11am and 3.30pm – last admissions at 3pm. 🎅

22/10/2019

Tue 22 Oct - Due to staff shortages, we will be closing at 1530 (last adm 15.00). Sorry for any inconvenience.

Throwback Thursday to when all the letters were sorted in travelling Post Office coaches! How many letters can you sort ...
18/07/2019

Throwback Thursday to when all the letters were sorted in travelling Post Office coaches! How many letters can you sort in a minute? Come give it a try at the museum, open daily from 11 to 16.30 🚂

Looking for something to do this weekend? Why not come along to the museum and learn all about the history of Scottish r...
12/07/2019

Looking for something to do this weekend? Why not come along to the museum and learn all about the history of Scottish railways! Museum open from 11 to 16.30, last entry at 16.00

In the age of steam trains, wrought iron wheels could crack easily - which is why they had wheeltappers, who would test ...
05/07/2019

In the age of steam trains, wrought iron wheels could crack easily - which is why they had wheeltappers, who would test them for safety! A higher pitch means you're good to, whereas a dull sound indicates a broken wheel. Come try it at the museum, it's wheely fun!

This year marks a double-commemoration for James Watt. It's been 250 years since the patent of his invention, the separa...
28/06/2019

This year marks a double-commemoration for James Watt. It's been 250 years since the patent of his invention, the separate condenser, and 200 since his death. Our new temporary exhibition "Watt a Bright Idea" celebrates the man, his invention and his legacy and is ready for viewing!

Had a tough week at work? Well thank goodness it's Friday, and you can do like "Loch Laggan" here and blow off some stea...
21/06/2019

Had a tough week at work? Well thank goodness it's Friday, and you can do like "Loch Laggan" here and blow off some steam! Ex-Highland Railway Loch Class 4-4-0 No.14384 locomotive pictured at Perth. Date unknown but pre-WW2.

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Visit the Museum of Scottish Railways, Scotland’s largest railway museum! During the summer season we are open 7 days a week, from 11 am to 4.30 pm with last admission at 4 pm. The museum is closed during winter and will open again on March 23rd 2019. Follow the visitor trail or cross the historic footbridge at the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway to find this hidden gem. We have three large buildings full of wonders – from full size locomotives to old fashioned railway signs which once adorned the walls of busy railway stations, each with a story to tell. Get hands on and discover railway history through fun interactive displays. Climb on board our vintage Glasgow Subway car and feel the past surround you. Become a signalman and pull the levers on the authentic signal lever frame and challenge your friends to work out how to operate the points. Get an insight into life aboard a travelling Post Office Coach by sorting the letters yourself and don’t miss the famous video of the Night Mail. Last year we introduced the Brass Rubbing Trail! Help yourself to a free booklet and follow the visitor trail from Bo’ness Station to the Museum finding our eight new brass rubbings on the way! Pop in to the Display Shed on the way which houses the last remaining “Glasgow Blue Train”, and a recently restored Class 126 Diesel Multiple Unit and several other heritage items of rolling stock. Admission Prices: - Adult Day Ticket (age 16 and over): £5 - Adult Annual Ticket (age 16 and over) which gives unlimited free entry for one year from the date of your first visit: £8 - Special price of £2 for one visit when purchased with your Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway ticket - Children (under 16) free admission with accompanying adult.

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