Embarking on a train journey through Central Scotland is a captivating adventure that unveils diverse landscapes and historic landmarks. As the train sets the pace, passengers are treated to the scenic splendour that define this picturesque region.
Edinburgh to Aviemore train journey
Based in Bo’ness, just a 40 minute drive from Glasgow and Edinburgh, this railway offers the chance to board a vintage steam or diesel-hauled train. Soak up the atmosphere of this heritage railway, travel by steam train and explore Scotland’s largest railway museum. Visitors can enjoy the on-train buffet where afternoon tea is served on most Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Bo’ness Station is a lovingly preserved monument to Scotland’s industrial heritage and a great day out for all ages. The station consists of a single platform and track from which regular steam train journeys take passengers on a one hour round trip up the tracks to Manuel Station.
As well as the steam train experience, there is also a large museum dedicated to the railway heritage of Scotland. A range of engines and carriages from throughout the 19th and 20th Century fill the spacious hangar. Visitors can read about the workers that helped keep Scotland’s various industries “on track”, step inside a Royal Mail sorting carriage, and get up close to these iron titans. The black-and-white photographs and various items on display are a treasure-trove for those with a connection to the railways.
Located 18 miles away from the village of Kinloch Rannoch, Rannoch Station is one of the most remote railway stations in the British Isles. Situated in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, this station is surrounded by stunning natural beauty and offers a unique travel experience for those willing to make the journey.
The Scottish Model Engineering Trust owns and runs the Wester Pickston Railway (WPR) which is set in seven acres of woodland in the heart of the Perthshire countryside. There is a ground level track for 71/4″ and 5″ gauge trains, an outdoor 16mm Garden Railway and woodland roads to run steam powered road models.
The trust formed in 2002 also has an extensive workshop facility on site, equipped with lathes and milling machines etc., for members use. There is also a club room with kitchen facility.