HUNDREDS of steam fans are expected to head for the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway this Good Friday (Friday, April 22) when the iconic steam loco, No 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley will work all scheduled passenger trains on the heritage line.
Amanda Kilburn, the railway’s business development director, said: “This is the first time that Sir Nigel has worked our line.
“We are thrilled that such a famous loco will be appearing at Bo’ness.
“It is a big day for all rail fans.
“This is likely to be a one-off opportunity to travel behind this famous locomotive on our branch line.
“No need to book, just turn up at the booking office at Bo’ness Station in good time to purchase your ticket.”
The loco won’t be hauling any trains on Saturday. Instead she will be being prepared at Bo’ness for her outing onto the main line the next day (Sunday, April 24) when she will haul two ‘Forth Circle’ Railtours on a scenic route around central Scotland including crossing the Forth Bridge and through Dunfermline and Alloa.
Sir Nigel, built by the London and North Eastern Railway in 1937, is a 4-6-2 A4 Pacific class engine and holds the post-war record for steam traction at 112 miles per hour.
It carries the name of its creator, the Chief Mechanical Engineer of the London and North Eastern Railway.
Its sister engine Mallard can be seen at the National Railway Museum’s satellite museum at Shildon in County Durham.
Sir Nigel will haul trains departing Bo’ness, West Lothian, on Friday at 10.45am, 12.15pm, 14.05pm and 15.35pm and standard fares apply.
There are still some tickets left for the main line railtour; contact 01383-822944 for details.
On April 22-25 , as it is Easter, all children travelling on the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway will receive a complimentary tasty Easter treat.
Amanda Kilburn said: “Children should wear their Easter bonnet to be in with a chance of winning a prize for the best Easter Bonnet and they should also have a go at our prize Easter Egg trail.”
The station coffee shop will be open offering its usual delicious selection of hot and cold food, drinks and ice creams, and the gift shop has a range of items.
The model railway will be open at the station and visitors can also enjoy the new exhibits Gordon Highlander and the Duke of Sutherland’s saloon at the Scottish Railway Exhibition which is now open seven days a week.
The exhibition also houses a collection of historic locos, wagons and other railway related items. There’s also a railway themed activity area for children.