About the Steam Gala
Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland is the birthplace of Sean Connery, who some consider the best portrayer of 007 or James Bond, with seven films as the suave spy. He can credit inventor Alexander Graham Bell, also born in Edinburgh, whose inventions with recorded sound led to movie soundtracks. Heading east from Edinburgh and past the Forth Bridge lies the small town of Borrowstounness (commonly known as Bo'ness) and the site of the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway where the three-day Autumn Steam Gala begins on a late October weekend.
Visitors to the Autumn Steam Gala will be in for a wonderful day on the rails riding in the historic railway vehicles that are tended to by the Scottish Railway Preservation Society (SRPS).
Four steam locomotives are on the agenda depending on their availability for the three-day event including the Caledonian Railway No. 419 and three National Coal Board (NCB) numbers 1, 6, and 19. The Museum of Scottish Railways will be open the three days between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. but be sure to get inside by the 3:30 p.m. last admission. Enjoy a great breakfast at the Station Buffet on Saturday and Sunday (served until 11.30 a.m.), plus there are hot and cold drinks, snacks, and full meals.
Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway
The SRPS is a charity established in 1961 and its objective is the “preservation and advancement of railway heritage in Scotland”. Its headquarters are in Bo'ness and volunteers from the SRPS run The Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway formed in 1979 on the south shore of the Firth of Forth. The railway and museum receive over 60,000 visitors every year.
Entry To The Event
Timetables for each train will be posted online and at the Bo'ness station. On Friday evening the standard fares of £10:00 for adult, £9.00 for concessions, £6.00 for kids age 5 to 15 and a £28.00 family fare will apply. On Saturday and Sunday, the Rover ticket at of £17:00 for adult, £16.00 for concessions, £11.00 for kids age 5 to 15 and a £42.00 family fare will be valid for departures for that day.
Somewhere to Stay in West Lothian
Campers might find it a bit chilly in late autumn but the Loch House Farm Caravan Park is a small, family-run park for touring caravans, motorhomes, and tents located a few miles directly south of the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway just off M9. Many hotels and B&Bs are available in Edinburgh and the surrounding area to fit any budget.
Getting To Bo'ness Station
Use the M3 junction 3 or 5 and head north into Bo'ness town centre. follow the brown tourist information signs directing you to the railway.
Other Things To Do Around Bo'ness
You don’t have to travel far from Bo’ness to entertain yourself and your family for the whole day or just a few hours. The nearby Pittencrieff House Museum is a treat for kids of all ages with immersive exhibitions like the Magic of the Glen and Calum the Cartoon Cockroach. Another must is to become one of the million people each year to see Edinburgh Castle where over 1,000 years of history sit on top of the famous Edinburgh rock.
There is plenty of free parking and a free vintage shuttle bus will be in operation between Linlithgow and Bo’ness on Saturday and Sunday. Assistance dogs are allowed on the site at any time but check with the railway to see if “normal” dogs are welcome at the Steam Gala. Disabled parking is located beside the station building and there is good access for wheelchairs to the station platform and disabled toilets. We ask that any James Bond “wanna-be” not try to order a martini “shaken, not stirred” at the Station Buffet at Bo’ness.
When is the next Steam Gala?
The Steam Gala is planned to take place at Bo'ness Station, Union Street, Bo'ness, West Lothian, EH51 9AQ, Friday 30th October, 2020. This is a Weekend Steam Event.
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