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MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION

Members are the lifeblood of the Scottish Railway Preservation Society, with currently over 1,350 members supporting the principal aim of the Society - to preserve Scotland's Railway Heritage. The Society is managed and operated entirely by its volunteers, whose hard work and enthusiasm has created a unique and priceless working collection of Scottish railway relics.

Activities of the SRPS

  • Active conservation and restoration of the Society's railway collection
  • The Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway is maintained, operated and developed by members to show the Society's collection in a working setting
  • SRPS Railtours are organised by members using the Society's own coaches
  • A Winter programme of talks in Edinburgh and Motherwell

Why join?

You can support the work of the Society by applying for Membership, which is open to individuals and families. The Benefits of Membership are
  • Free admission to the Museum of Scottish Railways
  • The Society's Blastpipe magazine
  • Members own vouchers for travel on the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway (Not transferable; Terms & Conditions apply)
  • Information about SRPS Railtours
  • SRPS Members' Area of Website including minutes of Society meeetings and timings for past and forthcoming railtours
  • Participation in Society activities subject to rules and competency
  • Adult members can vote at General Meetings
  • Adult Members can be nominated for election to the Board

="Photo Feel like doing a bit more? Why not become a Volunteer?

  • enjoy a satisfying hobby!
  • try something new! Whether you are skilled or unskilled is no obstacle
  • young or old! Fit or unfit! The smallest commitment is welcomed - no help is too small!
  • achieve your dream! - become an Engine Driver, Fireman or Firewoman...
  • pass on your skills and knowledge for future generations

There is a whole range of rewarding and diverse activities available to Members

  • operating the trains, the signals
  • restoring and preserving historic locomotives and rolling stock
  • maintaining and improving the railway track, line side, bridges, buildings
  • staffing the stations, the museum, the sales shop and stands at exhibitions
  • stewarding and catering on our mainline railtour trains around Britain
  • helping Santa or Thomas on the special events days
  • plus many other tasks, many of which can be done from home
  • marketing, advertising, publicity, fund raising
  • archiving, record keeping, accounting

How is the Society organised? The Society is registered in Scotland as a Charity, and is a limited company. The Board of Trustees, which is elected by the Membership, is responsible for appointing the various groups of volunteers to oversee the running of the Society's activities. Each group or committee is responsible for specific areas, such as operating the trains, restoring the rolling stock, railtours, etc. Subsidiary companies have been formed to support the objectives of the Society, separating the ownership of the priceless collection from the commercial operating organisations.

Volunteering, in whatever capacity and at whatever level - is an immensely rewarding experience. It can become a challenging and satisfying hobby for people of all ages and abilities. A Membership Application Form is available here on the website or from the Booking Office and Shop at Bo'ness Station. Hand in the completed form at Bo'ness Station, or post it to the address on the form. We look forward to seeing you on your railway!

Please join us!

If you are a UK tax payer, please consider Gift Aid when applying for Membership.
Print the Membership Application Form and send the completed application to the address on the form, or hand it in to the Shop at Bo'ness Station.

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For further information phone :
01506 825855
or write to
SRPS Membership Secretary
The Scottish Railway Preservation Society
17-19 North Street, Bo'ness, West Lothian EH51 0AQ

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