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Track Renewal Progressing Well

Work to replace all four “roads” leading up to the Loco Shed is continuing apace, with most resources being spent to ensure this work is completed as soon as possible.

All of the old track has been lifted, and the entire area cleared of any remaining detritus, and already, the basis for the four new lines is in place. All of the sleepers are down, the rails are in place in their chairs, and we have fixed the chairs in place on one line.

Some rails have still to be cut in places, and then holes for the bolts to hold the fishplates in place will be required to be drilled, but is is proceeding quite nicely.

If you wish to assist in this rewarding task, please get in touch with our Chairman, Archie Thom, on 01292 269 260. The more people we have to help, the quicker this important task will be completed.

The old tracks leading up to the Loco Shed before removal. Note how the infill reaches up to the top of the rails.

The old tracks leading up to the Loco Shed before removal. Note how the infill reaches up to the top of the rails.

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View showing the relaying in progress, all tracks roughly in place, but still to be fastened to the sleepers.




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Kilmarnock & District MRC Exhibition

ARPG will be attending the Kilmarnock & District Model Railway Club Exhibition at the Volunteer Rooms, Irvine, on Saturday & Sunday 30th & 31st Jan 2016.

Attendance at model railway shows is an excellent way to promote the existence of the Group, and the Scottish Industrial Railway Centre, and we will have a sales and information stand throughout the duration of the show.

Opening times are –

Sat 30th Jan – 10am – 5pm

Sun 31st Jan – 10am – 4pm

If you might be interested in assisting at a future model railway exhibition, please contact either Archie Thom on 01292 269 260 (evenings only, pls) or Gordon Thomson on 01292 313 579 (evenings only, pls).

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ARPG Monthly Meeting 3rd Feb 2016

Our regular meeting this month will be on –

World Steam – by Chris Cairns. Most of us know Chris as a very keen and enthusiastic volunteer at Dunaskin. He has visited most countries around the globe where steam is to be found in everyday use. He will share some of his experiences with us. As we have been keen to have Chris speak to us for a long time, this evening will be eagerly awaited.

Venue – Geordie’s Byre, 103 Main Street, Ayr, KA8 8BU, 3rd Feb at 7.30pm

Note – this meeting is open to non-members


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Retaining Wall Collapse – Latest

Subsequent to the collapse of the retaining wall adjacent to the Loco Shed, and for safety reasons, we have had to take down a small part of the wall which was also threatening to collapse .

We have managed to collect all of the bricks which the wall had been built with, and most of these appear to be OK to re-use in the reconstruction of the new retaining wall. These will be cleaned up and stored until such times as the weather improves to permit rebuilding to commence.

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Retaining Wall Collapse

A section of the retaining wall adjacent to Dunaskin Locomotive Shed has collapsed, as a result of the torrential rainfall experienced recently. About ten foot of wall has collapsed, with another five or six feet or so threatening to come down.

The intention is to clear the drainage channels in the short term, to allow excess rainwater to drain away safely, and then rebuild the wall using the original bricks.

Although not in itself a particularly difficult task, this nevertheless highlights the ongoing issues which we are now responsible for, having purchased part of the Dunaskin site last year.

If you have bricklaying experience, perhaps you might like to lend a hand ? Contact : or telephone 01292 269260 or 01292 313579  (evenings only, please)

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Seasons Greetings to All

The Board of Directors of Ayrshire Railway Preservation Group wishes to extend the compliments of the Season to all of our Members, Friends and Visitors to the Scottish Industrial Railway Centre. We’re looking forward to another record-breaking year next year. Merry Christmas and A Happy and Prosperous New Year. Lang may your lum reek !

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Rubbish Dumper Fined

A man from Mauchline was found guilty recently for allowing his rubbish to be dumped at the entrance to Dunaskin. He has been fined £200.

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Track Renewal Makes Progress

The current major task for the Saturday and Tuesdays squads is to lift and relay all four tracks leading to our Loco Shed. Already, we have made significant progress towards lifting these lines (which must have been in situ for longer than we care to think about).

It’s a job we have been wanting to do for some time, but now it’s finally started. As always, we would be delighted to have one or two extra volunteers to assist with this important task. If you feel up to tackling some lifting and relaying, then we would love to hear from you.

If this is something that appeals to you, please contact either Archie Thom on 01292 269 260 or Gordon Thomson on 01292 313 579 to request more details. In both cases, please telephone in the evenings.

We are indeed fortunate to have enrolled several new working members to the Group in the past few months alone, and welcome Alex R, Geoff H and Chris D to our regular work parties.



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Fireless Steam Days for 2016

The Dates our unusual Fireless steam locomotive will be seen in action in 2016 have now been added to the page Steam Open Days.

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Our First School Visit

Today, we entertained P6 & P7 children from Bellsbank Primary School. Our first ever school visit to Dunaskin, it was most appropriately one of the Doon Valley schools that attended on a wild and windy day. Nevertheless, the rain stayed away, and everyone seems to have enjoyed their visit.

No. 10 was steamed specially for the school children, so that they could experience a short trip in our passenger carrying brakevan. They were also given a tour of the Loco Shed by our Chairman Archie Thom, and had a short lesson in the Museum Room, courtesy of Catriona Thom.

This is the first ever visit of a school to Dunaskin, but it will certainly not be the last. Already plans are afoot to arrange a number of School visits during our 2016 season.

The Group would like to thank Kilmarnock Engineering and Science Society for organising and funding this event, it is much appreciated.


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