New platform for Falkirk area’s historic railway

Michael Connarty opens the new platform
Michael Connarty opens the new platform

A new platform has been opened at Bo’ness and Kinneil railway, almost 50 years after the previous one was closed.

MP Michael Connarty arrived by steam train to open the platform at Manuel Junction on Monday and unveiled a commemorative sign to mark the occasion.

The Scottish Railway Preservation Society has spent £30,000 of donations to re-open the platform which is at the end of the five-mile line. The original one was closed as part of the Beeching 
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John Evans, SRPS chairman, said: “It is great to reach another milestone in the history of the SRPS.

“Since 2010 when the extended line to Manuel was opened we have been telling our passengers that one day they will be able to leave the train there and that day has now come.

“Thanks has to go to the people who generously donated to fund this valuable new asset to our visitor experience and we are also grateful to the volunteers who put in so much effort to make this dream a reality.”

Mr Connarty added: “I am very pleased to have opened the new platform which will give passengers who alight a unique feeling of how things used to be when our rail network linked all our communities.”

This is the second phase of the ‘Gateway Bo’ness’ project which is part of a long term plan for the SRPS.

A future possibility could be to build a carpark at Manuel to allow visitors to enter Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway - and from there the town of Bo’ness too.