Sunday, September 15, 2013

To Birkhill, and beyond!

It's been a little while since I visited the Bo'ness and Kinneil railway. When I travelled the line in 2009, it was only as far as Birkhill, see here.

But now you can travel as far as Manuel, and here the passengers stretch their legs on the new platform...

... and chat to the driver!

LNER - D49, No 246 'Morayshire' was designed by Nigel Gresley and built by at Darlington in 1928. The locomotive is on loan from the National Museums of Scotland

 Morayshire runs round at Manuel.

Not sure about the smells, but I do enjoy the nostalgia of travelling behind a steam locomotive in a heritage carriage.

Back at Bo'ness, Morayshire sits in the sun.

Another new feature at Bo'ness is a 'visitor trail' which means you can walk completely around the site and view future projects!

The Museum of Scottish Railways is well worth a visit (see here), but there is also a new open shed, keeping some of the exhibits, in various stages of restoration, out of the elements. This is 'Lord Ashfield', a fireless locomotive built in 1931 by Andrew Barclay of Kilmarnock. It was supplied new to Brimsdown 'A' Power Station. Such locomotives were designed for use where flammable material was present, such as in mines and chemical factories. Read more about them here.

Photos © Skip Cottage

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