Signalling a happy marriage

Railway wedding
Railway wedding

It was very much a family 
affair when the Scottish Railway Preservation 
Society pulled out all the stops to ensure a wedding party had the time of their lives at the weekend.

Newly-weds Morag and Martyn Sparkes and their guests enjoyed a steam train journey with a difference on Saturday following their marriage at St Ninian’s Craigmailen Church in Linlithgow.

It’s no surprise that the couple chose to celebrate tying the knot with a steam train journey; Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway is extra special to the happy couple as it’s where they first met.

Both Martyn and Morag are regular volunteers at Bo’ness Station and assist with annual Scottish Railway Preservation Society Railtours across Scotland.

Martyn’s uncle and cousin were driver and fireman on Saturday’s 12.30pm departure from Bo’ness. Family and friends had decorated the front of the locomotive for the occasion.

The best man, chief bridesmaid and mother and father of the bride are also all involved in volunteering at Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway and were delighted to be able to show their hard work off to guests!

Amanda Kilburn, business development manager for the SRPS, said: “Having met at Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway, it was hardly a surprise when they celebrated their wedding on board a steam train.

‘“All of our volunteers were delighted to make the day extra special for them both.’

“Let’s hope their train journey signals a long and happy marriage!”