The Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway, alongside the Scottish Railway Preservation Society (SRPS), are urgently looking for donations after thunderstorms battered Scotland and caused multiple landslips on the heritage railway.
On the evening of Tuesday 11th August and early morning of Wednesday 12th August 2020, Scotland was battered by severe thunderstorms. During an inspection of the railway, the Civil Engineer for the SRPS discovered multiple landslips along a mile long stretch of the railway.
The line has been declared unfit for traffic, and the railway has been closed to all trains.
The worst landslip has occurred near High Bridge. An engineer has inspected the site and is now estimated that repairs will cost £100,000 to fix.
Of course, this could not have come at a worse time for the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway due to the railway planning to reopen in mid-September after being closed due to the Coronavirus.
Until the embankment is repaired, the BKR cannot operate trains, meaning they cannot generate any income.
Once again, the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway needs your help. They need £100,000 to fix the storm damage.
Andrew Fowler, director at the SRPS, told RailAdvent: “These landslides have come at a pretty devastating time for SRPS volunteers given that we were preparing for a mid-September reopening after a forced prolonged closure due to Coronavirus. Our income has been at a record low this year so to have to find a six-figure sum to allow us to reopen the railway safely is heartbreaking. We’ve been overwhelmed by the support shown for our ‘Emergency Landslide Appeal’ thus far and would encourage anyone who can to donate so that we can resume passenger trains at Bo’ness as soon as possible.”
Whatever donation, however small, will be appreciated by the BKR.
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