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.

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.

“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.”

Read more in Issue 226 of HR – out now!

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