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I took this picture the other day whilst visiting the Bo'ness to Kinneil Railway - a wonderful day out on which I was taken by a friend who is a railway enthusiast.

The Bo'ness depot is the heart of the Scottish Railway Preservation Society and, as well as having an active station with passenger trains running on this line to Birkhill and back, there is also an extensive railway museum collection. Engineering works at Bo'ness also undertake major restorations of locomotives and rolling stock.

The train just pulling out of Bo'ness station is being drawn by a locomotive 4-4-0 LNER Class D49 ‘Shire’ No.246 ‘Morayshire’, built in 1928 in Darlington (BR No.62712). Retired from normal use in 1961, she was for some time used as a stationary boiler in a laundry works but was later saved and restored.

What a grand day out! It's funny how smells and aromas can bring back memories of childhood better than anything else: the wonderful suphurous smell of the engine's smoke, the soot in the eyes as you lean out of the large windows in the carriage doors, all redolent of days before obsession with health and safety and political correctness - the days when rail travel was fun for a child!

Converted from RAW, quite heavily cropped then just resized, sharpened a tad and framed. All comments welcome!

(I should add that the town is now generally referred to as "Bo'ness" and not Borrowstounness but TE would not allow me to use apostrophes in either the title or city name.)

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