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Preservation Society

Preserving Scotland's Railway Heritage

Information about the Scottish Railway Preservation Society,
meetings, membership and other activities.

Registered Museum
 

Signalman at work in Bo'ness Signal Box Volunteer signalman Chris Owen works the levers in Bo'ness Signal Box
Photo : Roger Haynes

The Scottish Railway Preservation Society was founded in 1961, at a time when rapid change was sweeping away much of the infrastructure of the Victorian railways. The general object of the Society is stated in its Memorandum of Association :

'...to establish a Museum of Railways in Scotland whereby there shall be preserved locomotives, rolling stock and other equipment and relics of railways in Scotland and of the Scottish railway industry as may illustrate the characteristics of her railways...'
Railways had a particular effect on Scotland, allowing her to develop from a rather isolated part of the British Isles to a land with great industries, whose engineers were known the world over. The industries of steel, coal, shipbuilding and engineering, which brought prosperity, would not have developed without the railways. Railways connected harbours and allowed fishing fleets a ready market in the growing towns. Railways were used as a deliberate means of bringing development to the Highlands, and those parts which never had a railway did not develop much at all. The Society hopes to illustrate these special characteristics of Scotland's railways.


For further information phone :
01506 825855
or write to
The Scottish Railway Preservation Society
Bo'ness Station, Union Street, Bo'ness, West Lothian EH51 9AQ

or E-mail Society


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