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Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway launch Emergency Appeal After Landslide

Museums, heritage attractions and other groups have been battling to come to terms with the ramifications of the Covid-19 pandemic and many have launched very successful campaigns to raise much needed funds to help them survive in such uncertain times. If this was not enough some organisations have had even more challenges to overcome!

On the evening of Tuesday 11th and in the early hours of Wednesday 12th August, much of Scotland was battered by severe thunderstorms. During a subsequent inspection of the Bo’ness Kinneil Railway, the Scottish Railway Preservation Society Civil Engineer identified multiple landslips along approximately a mile-long stretch of the railway. The line was declared unfit for traffic and the railway closed to all trains.

The worst of the landslips has occurred on a steep embankment near ‘High Bridge’. A geo-structural engineer has inspected the site and the railway has estimated that this damage may cost £100,000 to repair.

The significant damage to the line could not have come at worse time: a limited reopening of the Bo’ness Kinneil Railway was planned in mid-September, after a lengthy closure due to the Coronavirus pandemic that has it’s income at a record low.

The railway has launched a fundraising appeal at: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/displayCharityCampaignPage.action?charityCampaignUrl=SRPSlandslide

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Image: courtesy Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway