Railway Engineering on the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway


Britain is famous for myriad reasons: bangers and mash, beef-eaters, Beckham, and so on. What you might not know is that Britain also famously operates the oldest railway system in the world. This year, Innovative Learning week is giving you the chance to be a part of something that’s been around since 1825.

Come one, come all! The School of Engineering is giving you a once in a lifetime opportunity: to work on the railway.

No, we haven’t travelled back in time (though, Physics students did try that during ILW2012) – we’re talking about working on one of the few remaining steam engines in the UK.

The Scottish Railway Preservation Society (SRPS) has vast experience preserving Scotland’s railway heritage, with members and volunteers carrying out restoration work on the Society’s large collection of railway equipment. Fancy the opportunity to learn from and work alongside some of these dedicated people?

During ILW2013 you will have the opportunity  (under supervision, natch) to participate in construction and maintenance activities which will include track repair and maintenance, drainage repair and maintenance and platform construction on this fantastic railway. Mandatory safety briefings are required, as this is a working railway.

To be a part of Scottish history, and to help preserve and improve one of Britain’s railways, get involved!

This event is open to all University of Edinburgh students, but it is not for the faint at heart – it will be February, it will be Scotland, it will be outdoors. Interested participants should sign up via MyEd. More information is available on either the central ILW calendar or the Engineering ILW page.


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