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Written by Mark Henderson - 12 Jan 2004
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Location notes
Bo'ness station - Home of the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway and the Scottish Railway Preservation Society (SRPS). On site is the station, behind which is the main yard - depot for the railway and the Scottish Railway Exhibition.
Railway type and traffic
Preserved railway, with a strong bias towards small diesels, and also a good few static exhibits, both in the exhibition, and round the general area, including the only preserved class 303. Check the online timetables before you go, to ensure trains will be running. There are also several Gala days throughout the year.
See the Scottish Railway Preservation Society website for more info.
Basher friendly, obviously. Bo'ness station is located on the shorefront in Bo'ness, on the river Forth. No point venturing out at night, as there are no trains running!
Road directions
From the M9 (Junction 3) take the A904 into Bo’ness, The road ends at a t junction, turn left onto Bridgeness Road and the station is on your left.

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Bo'ness station map co-ordinates
There is a good-sized car park at the station.
Public transport
By rail:
the nearest NR station is Linlithgow, and a free bus operates to Bo'ness on Gala days. Timings are published on the website). Otherwise, there are several FirstEdinburgh busses you can take.
By bus:
FirstEdinburgh serves the town, and there are direct busses from Edinburgh and Glasgow as well as several other surrounding towns in the area.

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There is a coffee shop at the station, which serves snacks and meals, and also a Tesco near the car park entrance.
Plenty in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and probably some in Bo'ness too.
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Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
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Bo'ness station

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Photographic notes
The platform is the obvious place for photographs, both on the main track, and the bay, which is used for static exhibits.
From the West end of the platform, you are opposite the signal box, and you can see down the line to Birkhill, and back into the station and yard behind it. From the East end, which is darker as you are near the buildings, you can see a little more of the yard if you look north, and also westwards through the station. The footbridge will give you a view of the entire area, and you can get some nice angles from both the north and south, at the bottom of the steps on either side of the line. You can also get close to the line behind the south steps of the bridge, for good shots of trains pulling away and passing. From the car park, you can get some nice shots of the exhibit in the bay platform, looking both east and west.

General views - All photographs © Mark Henderson unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking west

Fig 1 - Looking west

Taken from the footbridge, a general view of the station and yard. Bay platform to the right, station buildings straight ahead, and yard to the left.

Fig 2 - Looking east

Fig 2 - Looking east

The bay platform from the bottom of the southern footbridge steps.

Fig 3 - Looking west

Fig 3 - Looking west

The station from behind the footbridge.

Fig 4 - Looking north west

Fig 4 - Looking north west

You can see the footbridge on the left. A good spot to catch locos running to and from the yard. Also as they run round their trains at the western end of the platform.

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