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boness_railwayHELENSBURGH Heritage Trust organised a visit to the Scottish Railway Preservation Society’s Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway at Bo'ness on Tuesday June 2 2009.

Local man Tony Dance kindly gave Trust members and friends a conducted tour behind the scenes.

Tony Dance writes: “The BKR is a working railway operating under the same regulations as the national rail network.

“Our safety critical staff (footplate, signalman and guard) are trained to national standards. The exams I sat to drive Diesel locomotives are to the same standard as the mainline drivers, albeit on different classes of locomotives.

“There are only a few thousand people left in Britain who now regularly work standard gauge steam locomotives. Thanks to the staff at Bo'ness, I have the privilege of being one of their number.

“Our Scottish Railway Exhibition is one of the ten core collections of national importance to Scotland and, on a slightly quirky note, we have on site ‘B’ listed buildings built less than twenty years ago.

“We are therefore steeped in heritage and a working museum depicting a transport system built during the great  days of Scottish industry. We run training programs for new recruits into the heritage workings of a transport system of a bygone age and let children of all ages experience ‘The Power of Steam’.”

The picture from the SRPS website shows CR 419, which was built by the Caledonian Railway Company at St Rollox Works, Glasgow, in 1907.

The class was designed by J.F.Macintosh for branch line and suburban work. Following withdrawal from service by British Railways in the early 1960s, the 'Caley Tank' was one of the first locomotives to be acquired by the SRPS and is the Society's emblem.

The Trust party also visited the Falkirk Wheel.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 01 May 2010 07:53 )  

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Fraser-Noble-wThe second of six Winter Open Meetings will be held on Wednesday October 28 at Helensburgh Tennis Club in Suffolk Street at 7.30pm, when Fraser Noble will talk about boatbuilding at McGruers. The AGM is at 7pm.

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  • Wednesday September 30 2015 — Melissa Simpson: Hermitage Park: past, present and future
  • Wednesday October 28 — AGM at 7pm; Fraser Noble of McGruers: My family has been building boats since the 11th Century
  • Wednesday November 25 — Sir Malcolm Colquhoun and James Pearson: The Clan Colquhoun and the History of Helensburgh (to be held at the Loch Lomond Golf Club at Luss)

  • Wednesday January 27 2016 — Lachie Munro: The Many Lives of Robert Bontine Cunningham Graham — the Uncrowned King of Scotland
  • Wednesday February 24 — Sue Furness, Fiona Jackson: Hidden Heritage of a Landscape — Vengeful Vikings and Reckless Rustlers
  • Wednesday March 30 — Fiona Baker: Boutcher's Banks — the Genesis of Helensburgh?

Meetings are normally in the upstairs room at Helensburgh Tennis Club, Suffolk Street, at 7.30pm.

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