Michael Laing (rock_dinosaur) wrote,
Michael Laing
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A visit to the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway and Linlithgow Palace

Today, I visited the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway. During my journey back to Edinburgh, which involved a change of buses at Linlithgow, I took the opportunity to have a look at Linlithgow Palace.


Caledonian Railway 439 Class 0-4-4T No. 419 at Bo'ness station, 10th May, 2003.


Caledonian Railway 439 Class 0-4-4T No. 419 at Bo'ness Station, 10th May, 2003.


Caledonian Railway 439 Class 0-4-4T No. 419 prior to departure from Bo'ness Station with a train for Birkhill, 10th May, 2003.


Caledonian Railway 439 Class 0-4-4T No. 419 prior to departure from Bo'ness station with a train for Birkhill, 10th May, 2003.


Caledonian Railway 439 Class 0-4-4T No. 419 prior to departure from Bo'ness station with a train for Birkhill, 10th May, 2003. Note the BR banana van under restoration on the left of the photo, identifiable by its corrugated-steel ends with no ventilators.


A job I disliked intensely during my time on the railway: the filthy, strenuous and downright dangerous shunter's job of 'tying up'. The locomotive driver is supposed to destroy the air-pressure and/or vacuum which holds the brakes off in order to ensure that the locomotive can't move while the shunter goes down on the track between the vehicles, but in my experience this often didn't happen. I did the job - tying up the Aberdeen, Inverness and Fort William portions of the 'Up' West Coast Sleeper at around midnight in Waverley station, Edinburgh - but I never felt safe: I frequently clonked my head on buffers and buckeye couplers, and the disgusting filth on the tracks that I had to roll about in doesn't bear thinking about. The couplers on modern multiple-unit trains may come in a variety of incompatible types and be decidedly fragile and temperamental in operation, but there's no doubt they've made the job of the railwayman very much safer. But I digress. Here, the fireman of Caledonian Railway 439 class 0-4-4T No. 419 is tying the engine onto its train at Bo'ness station, Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway, West Lothian, prior to a trip to Birkhill on 10th May, 2003.


The steam pump which creates the air-pressure to operate the air brakes on Caledonian Railway 439 Class 0-4-4T No. 419, at Bo'ness Station prior to a trip to Birkhill on 10th May, 2003.


Caledonian Railway 439 Class 0-4-4T No. 419 stands at the head of its train after arriving at Birkhill Station from Bo'ness on 10th May, 2003. The locomotive is about to be untied from its train prior to running around for the return journey.


Caledonian Railway 439 Class 0-4-4T No. 419 begins to move forward from its train at Birkhill Station prior to running around for the return journey to Bo'ness on 10th May, 2003.


Caledonian Railway 439 Class 0-4-4T No. 419 begins to move forward from its train at Birkhill Station prior to running around for the return journey to Bo'ness on 10th May, 2003.


Having run around its train, Caledonian Railway 439 Class 0-4-4T No. 419 awaits departure from Birkhill Station for Bo'ness on 10th May, 2003. The driver is about to add a Caledonian Railway semaphore route-indicator to the lamp-bracket on the locomotive's bunker.


Having run around its train, Caledonian Railway 439 Class 0-4-4T No. 419 awaits departure from Birkhill Station for Bo'ness on 10th May, 2003.


Having run around its train, Caledonian Railway 439 Class 0-4-4T No. 419 awaits departure from Birkhill Station for Bo'ness on 10th May, 2003.


Approaching Bo'ness behind Caledonian Railway 439 Class 0-4-4T No. 419, 10th May, 2003.


Approaching Bo'ness behind Caledonian Railway 439 Class 0-4-4T No. 419, 10th May, 2003.


Approaching Bo'ness behind Caledonian Railway 439 Class 0-4-4T No. 419, 10th May, 2003.


Passing Bo'ness' lower-quadrant outer home signal on the approach to Bo'ness behind Caledonian Railway 439 Class 0-4-4T No. 419, 10th May, 2003.


Passing Bo'ness' inner home signals on the approach to Bo'ness Station behind Caledonian Railway 439 Class 0-4-4T No. 419, 10th May, 2003.


Caledonian Railway 439 class 0-4-4T No. 419 has arrived at Bo'ness station, Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway, West Lothian, with a train from Birkhill, while BR class 27 No. 27 001 stands in the loop prior to coupling onto the far end of the train, 10th May, 2003.


Caledonian Railway 439 class 0-4-4T No. 419 draws alongside BR class 27 No. 27 001 at Bo'ness station, Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway, West Lothian, after uncoupling from its train from Birkhill. 27 001 is standing in the loop prior to coupling onto the far end of the train, 10th May, 2003.


Caledonian Railway 439 class 0-4-4T No. 419 stands in the loop at Bo'ness station, Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway, West Lothian, after arrival with a train from Birkhill, 10th May, 2003.


Caledonian Railway 439 Class 0-4-4T No. 419 moves off towards the loco shed at Bo'ness after arrival with a train from Birkhill, 10th May, 2003.


Ruston & Hornsby 165hp diesel-electric shunter (R&H 312894/1951) shunts a bogie flat wagon carrying civil engineering equipment at Bo'ness station, Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway, West Lothian, 10th May, 2003. The locomotive was one of several which formerly worked at Babcock & Wilcox's boiler works at Renfrew, where it was their No. P6687.


Ruston & Hornsby 165hp diesel-electric shunter (R&H 312894/1951) shunts a bogie flat wagon carrying civil engineering equipment at Bo'ness station, Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway, West Lothian, 10th May, 2003. The locomotive was one of several which formerly worked at Babcock & Wilcox's boiler works at Renfrew, where it was their No. P6687.


Birmingham RCW Type 2 (TOPS Class 27) No. 27 001 is being tied onto its train at Bo'ness Station prior to departure for Birkhill in the late afternoon of 10th May, 2003.


Birmingham RCW Type 2 (TOPS Class 27) No. 27 001 awaits departure from Bo'ness station, Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway, West Lothian, with a train for Birkhill in the late afternoon of 10th May, 2003.


Birmingham RCW Type 2 (TOPS Class 27) No. 27 001 awaits departure from Bo'ness station, Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway, West Lothian, with a train for Birkhill in the late afternoon of 10th May, 2003.


The north elevation of Linlithgow Palace, Linlihgow, West Lothian, 10th May, 2003.

"Most of the north range that we see today is the work of the master mason, William Wallace. It was built between 1618 and 1624 for King James VI, following the collapse of an earlier range in 1607. The new work contained a long dining room, represented by four of the large windows on the first floor, with a pantry and a kitchen to the left of it. Above this level were three floors of apartments, occupied by the hereditary keeper and his family - or during a royal visit, like that in 1633, by officers of state and various members of the court."

(Information from a plaque at Linlithgow Palace.)


The east elevation of Linlithgow Palace, Linlithgow, West Lothian, 10th May, 2003.


The south elevation of Linlithgow Palace, Linlithgow, West Lothian, 10th May, 2003.

"A royal manor house probably existed on this site from the time of King David I (1124-1153). Payments made in November 1301 to the masons, smith and thatcher who prepared the king's chamber for the coming of Edward I of England indicate that its main building was of stone with a thatched roof. The manor was still standing a hundred years later, but was destroyed by fire in 1424. Construction of the palace that you see now began soon after this, and was to continue through two centuries and eight reigns. It was finally destroyed by fire in 1746."

(Information from a plaque at the palace.)
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