Bo’ness bid for £2m steam facility


THE Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway is seeking £2 million in grant aid to build a new steam maintenance facility.

In just over two years, the Scottish Railway Preservation Society has raised the £122,000 needed to complete the purchase price of its ‘Churchill’ Second World War Stanier 8F 2-8-0 No. 45170, pictured in the yard at Bo’ness on September 26, when it had to be extracted from the museum workshop area to allow D49 4-4-0 Morayshire to be brought out and prepared for shipping to Llangollen. IAN LOTHIAN

Its operator, the Scottish Railway Preservation Society, has asked the Heritage Lottery Fund for money to provide a modern base to care for its locomotive collection.

If given the go-ahead, the scheme will create new jobs and an engineering skills training programme through Scotland’s Modern Apprentice Scheme.

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It is planned that the scheme will run alongside a training programme for new and existing volunteers to increase the SRPS skill base.

Journey of exploration

SRPS chairman Vic Michel said: “The steam facility will form part of an improved visitor trail where the site
itself will be part of a journey of exploration and learning, which will be
of interest and attract many new visitors to the town.

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“I believe that this project will improve visitor access to our nationally significant collection based at Bo’ness. There will be better interpretation and display of the work that is undertaken there.”

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