before I forget – I am making progress on my knitting –
Bo’ness and Kinniel Steam Railway
The first stop on our route today was the above named Steam Railway (with the complete story at the link). Completely run by volunteers, it is part of the Scottish Preservation Society. We arrived a bit too early for the museum but were extremely lucky – Beverley and I got a tour of the working yard.
A volunteer who has been with the organization over 30 years escorted us through the sheds.
The steam locomotive is obviously coal fired. The crew arrives about 0600 in the morning to start up the engine with the first run scheduled at 1045
As it turns out, perhaps the only time I was really warm all day was when we were allowed to climb up into the engine.
The journey travels along the Firth of Forth. From the start in Bo’ness through Birkell to Manuel and back
Now, let us say you have two canals traveling through the Scottish countryside. Perhaps you would like to change from one to the other. Unfortunately, they just happen to be at different elevations. The normal solutions of multiple locks is not practical when faced with a 35 meter difference in a very short distance.
Hence, the Falkirk Wheel –
with one bay connecting with the upper canal (Union Canal to Edinburgh) while the lower is in the holding pond connecting to the Forth & Clyde Canals.
It is actually a rotating boat lift that works partly by counter weight
as one loaded boat comes down and another is lifted.
The connection to the Union canal travels first on pylons, then through a tunnel
Does Mary, Queen of Scots ring a bell? Her home – Linlithgow Castle perches just above the town of the same name. Destroyed in Jan 1746 by the Duke of Cumberland, the Castle walls, turrets, cellars remain.
There are four sides, surrounding a central courtyard
I have lots more pictures – I will add an additional page to the image gallery in the next couple of days to include more than just these:
and it is back to Camberley in the morning……