It’s maybe not the Orient Express, but a trip aboard the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway’s Black Bun Express is reckoned a rail-ly perfect way to say goodbye to 2016.
Hundreds of visitors are expected to enjoy a brief but memorable journey on one of the last steam trains in Scotland on December 30 and 31 – in a cosy carriage with a nice hot drink and a slice of Hogmanay black bun for grown-ups, and shortbread and juice for the kids.
The cost for the trip is £11 for adults, £10 for concessions, £6.50 for children and £30 for family tickets. This includes a return journey on the iconic steam train and those seasonal refreshments.
Black bun, for anyone unacquainted with traditional Scots delicacies, is a type of fruit cake completely encased in thick pastry.
You do not have to pre-book your tickets, and can just go along on the day – but be at the station in plenty of time.
Trains will be running from Bo’ness at 10.45am, 12.10pm & 14.10pm. Just be sure to be at the station in plenty of time.
Passengers are invited to relax aboard the train and take in the stunning scenery along the shores of the Firth of Forth, with views of the majestic Ochil Hills, beautiful woods and waterfalls, on a 70-minute return journey to Manuel.
There you can stretch your legs on the new platform while the locomotive is moved to the other end of the train for the return journey.
Resident piper Alec will be playing on the 31st, and there is also a chance to buy some Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway first foot coal – specially packaged for guests who would like to keep this Hogmanay tradition alive.