Over the past two to three months, work on our rolling stock has continued apace. Ex LMS Inspection Saloon, M45020, finally made it into public service on the last Steam Day of 2016, on the 25th September, and very popular it proved to be too.
The 16 ton mineral wagon has been receiving work intermittently over the past two years or so, and is now substantially complete. Only some minor detail work requires to be finished off, and then it will be ready for its repaint. Volunteers ?
The 12 Ton Box Van, B778493 (also referred to as Alex’s Van), has recently been needle gunned and the bare metal primed, helping to move the restoration of this vehicle along quite nicely.
Other restoration work has continued, and, as usual, we could so much more if only we had more volunteers. You do not require to be particularly qualified to carry out much of this kind of work, just bags of enthusiasm.
Currently, ARPG has working members on site at Dunaskin on Saturdays and Tuesdays. Anyone wishing to help out with any of the work shown above need only contact the Group –
– telephone Archie Thom, on 01292 269 260 (re Saturday Workdays)
– telephone Andy Arnot, on 01292 443 652 (re Tuesday Workdays)
or by email to – firstname.lastname@example.org
Phew, what a day we had on Sunday 25th September 2016. Two locomotives in steam, both of whom performed admirably, and a first public outing for our former LMS Inspection Saloon. Ayr Burners Cycling were also present, and set up their stall and basic skills track on a part of our site, enabling the wee ones to have a go on their balance bikes. And a great day was had by all.
What was probably the busiest day of the season, and the weather was kind to us, even if we did experience a little drizzle later in the day. The car park was full to capacity for most of the day, with one car out, and another waiting to get in. And so it went on, all day.
Dunaskin platform was crowded with visitors eager to try out our “new” coach (actually built during World War 2), and view the Fireless in steam, alongside our faithful No. 10.
Some visitors had traveled hundreds of miles just to view the Fireless, but most were from somewhat nearer to home. And everyone left with a smile on their face, saying we’ll be back next year !
A busy car park at Dunaskin 25 Sep 2016. Pic by Frank Beattie
Everyone is eager to try out the new Saloon. Pic by Frank Beattie
Sunday, 25th September 2016, will be our last operating day for 2016.
But we hope to put on a good display for all of our visitors, and intend to have both of our working steam locomotives in action that day.
NCB No. 10 will be working the passenger service on the brakevan as usual, and in addition, the only working fireless loco in the UK will be performing short demonstrations every hour, on the hour.
All the usual attractions will be available, including the steam powered model railway, plus another separate layout for the weans to play with. Then there’s our Kiddies Corner, a separate area to keep the wee ones entertained, and a computer simulation game for the slightly older children to play.
And of course, our popular tea room will be serving up teas, coffees, soft drinks, confectionery and sandwiches.
The adjacent souvenir shop has many items at pocket money prices.
Entry to the site is just £5 per Adult, £3 for children (aged 4 years and over), and a family costs just £13 for two adults and up to three children. Kiddies age three and under go free !
Please Note – we are unable to accept payments by card at this time, cash only, please.
There will be two locomotives in steam at Dunaskin on Sunday 28th August, from 11am – 4pm.
NCB No. 10 will be on duty with our brakevan providing visitors with the thrill of a short hurl along our demonstration track.
And we’ll also have our highly unusual fireless steam engine working every hour on the hour between 12 noon and 3pm.
Have a look at our new website – www.scottishindustrialrailwaycentre.org.uk for more details.
Dunaskin will be open again this Sunday, 21st August. Featuring our faithful servant, NCB No. 10, on our ever popular brakevan trips. We might not be in the same league as some of the big preserved railways, but our Steam Days are extremely popular with our younger visitors.
The last Ranger – led walks for this season will be held on Sunday 21st, and these have proved to be immensely popular. Come along to Dunaskin, and be taken for a short walk around the Dunaskin site, when the countryside Rangers will help you have a fun and interesting time, exploring the flora and fauna in the area. Walks commence from the Dunaskin tearoom at 12 noon and again at 2pm, and last for about one hour. Suitable for young families.
If you’ve not been to Dunaskin this year, why not pay us a visit on Sunday, when you can view our working steam powered model railway, plus a small layout for the weans to play with.
View the photographs of the Dalmellington Iron Works, which closed in the early 1920s, and see the preserved Dalmellington Iron Company No. 16 steam locomotive cosmetically restored and on display in our Museum.
Visit our ever popular souvenir shop, and of course, you’ll be wanting a wee seat for that all important cuppa in our tearoom. Teas, coffees, soft drinks, confectionery and sandwiches available from 11am – 4pm. See you on Sunday !
The Scottish Industrial Railway Centre at Dunaskin will be open on Sunday 14th August (and every Sunday in August) from 11am – 4pm.
Featuring our ever popular steam locomotive NCB No. 10, which will operate the passenger carrying brakevan service, we’ll also have our museum open, two model railways working, and our ever popular souvenir shop and tearoom.
Why not pay us a visit this Sunday ?
See our website for more details- www.scottishindustrialrailwaycentre.org.uk
The Scottish Industrial Railway Centre at Dunaskin will be open on Sunday 7th August 2016 as scheduled. However, due to ongoing issues with our regular steam Locomotive, NCB No. 10, we may have to operate our passenger service with one of our diesel locos, probably Powfoot No. 1
All other attractions at Dunaskin should be open as usual, including our Museum, where we have various railway and engineering artefacts on display, including the oldest steam locomotive we have, Dalmellington Iron Co No. 16, built in Kilmarnock in 1910.
We’ll also have our garden – scale model railway working. This is mainly steam powered, when visitors have the opportunity to view minature trains hauled by real live steam engines.
We also have a small layout for our younger visitors to operate.
Our souvenir shop will be open for business, and the tearoom has teas, coffees, soft drinks, confectionary, and light snacks.
We are now open every Sunday until the end of August, from 11am – 4pm.
Check our SIRC website for more information –
The Scottish Industrial Railway Centre, at Dunaskin, will be open on Sunday 31st July 2016, with two locomotives in steam.
Our conventional steam loco, NCB No. 10, will be hauling our passenger – carrying brakevan, offering visitors the thrill of a short trip behind a steam engine.
And our most unusual Fireless steam engine, the only working example of its type in the UK, will be seen every hour on the hour working with the gunpowder van on our demonstration track.
Our Museum will also be open, complete with working steam model railway, a second layout is available for our younger visitors to operate, and we’ll have our souvenir shop and tea room open for business too.
Why not visit this Sunday !
The Scottish Industrial Railway Centre at Dunaskin will be open on Sunday 24th July as scheduled.
Previous issues with NCB No. 10 now appear to be well behind us, and the steam locomotive has performed well over the past two weeks. No. 10 will be on duty, providing visitors with a short trip in our passenger – carrying brakevan.
Also available on Sunday 24th will be our model steam railway, our Museum including standard and narrow gauge rolling stock , photographs and other artifacts.
And of course, our Souvenir Shop with items at pocket money prices is open next to our popular Tea Room.
See you on Sunday !
The Scottish Industrial Railway Centre at Dunaskin is open for two days this holiday weekend – Sunday & Monday 17th & 18th July 2016. Opening times 11am – 4pm.
NCB No. 10 and our brakevan will be providing passenger trips on both days. Our steam operated model railway will be seen in action as usual in the Museum, and we have a small electric layout for the younger visitors to play with.
Come and see our extensive collection of railway locomotives and rolling stock, all with a special significance to the west of Scotland. Our shop and tea room will be open on both days.
On Sunday 17th July only, we are pleased once again to have East Ayrshire Rangers providing Rangers – led walks around the Dunaskin site. These nature – orientated walks are free, and set off from our Shop at 12 Noon and 2pm, and last for approx one hour. They are suitable for young families with all terrain buggies.
Dunaskin is open every Sunday until the end of August