The Class 126 is diagramed to be used during the Bo’ness & Kinneil 1950s weekend on 2nd September 2017. This follows the fitting of a new set of batteries and brand new air tanks. Scheduled to work the 15:35 departure from Bo’ness for a return trip to Manuel; full details of the day – which includes music, dancing, dance demos, stalls and vintage cars – can be found on the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway website. In case plans change at the last minute, it is advisable to call the railway before travelling to the railway specifically for the DMU service.
Winter Woolies Work Week Progress
Sc79443’s compartment side seen near the end of the 2017 Winter Woollies Work Week. Compare this shot with the view below, taken in 2014. In addition to the progress with framing and skin of the vehicle, there has been considerable progress in the interior woodwork for the three 1st class compartments. Photo: Andrew McConnell, 3rd March 2017.
79443’s compartment side seen near the end of the 2014 Summer Work Week. New panels are on around window 12 (the one on the right with no window frame) and the steel framework around windows 10 and 11 has been rebuilt. These three windows are at the buffet area. Photo: John Horne, 1st August 2014.
A blast from the past…
Sc51036 (Set 126 406) in Kyle Street sidings, behind Ayr station, in August 1982. 126 406 and 413 (behind) were both withdrawn and reinstated 8/82 and became the only two sets to survive past the end of the month, remaining in service until January of the following year. Photo: Andrew McConnell.
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