‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ day at the Bo’ness Railway

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On a fine Sunday, when I would normally be tackling a Munro or two, I decided to make a visit to the Bo’ness Railway, one of the finest heritage railway sites in the UK. It was ‘Thomas’ day and I delighted in watching a small blue tank engine sit in the bay with steam and whistles…

No, not really…it was a research trip and what I did find behind the diesel shed was a pleasing sight and something of a surprise…

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The site at the Bo’ness Railway has sufficient expertise to allow for the inspection and fueling of main line diesel locos. Colas Rail Class 56, 56 105 was stabled on the Bo’ness for the weekend before returning to Grangemouth petroleum traffic.

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The diesel shed with three Class 37s receiving attention…

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Later in the afternoon, 56 105 departed Bo’ness for Grangemouth with 26 038 in tow. The latter was heading up the hill to assist with a charter train move. It was as good as a diesel gala – almost!

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Well, I photographed a blue engine, as you can see, but not the steamer. Followers of my blog will be relieved to read that ‘Thomas’ did not come into the frame at all, except when he crept into the shot at the top of the article! That said, the line, station and the trains were packed, showing good support for the event. My thanks to the guys at the diesel shed for their friendly help and assistance on Sunday. By the way, was that ‘Percy’, the green engine in the back ground with 37 175?

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