The Scottish Industrial Railway Centre at Dunaskin is open every Sunday till 30th August 2015, 11am – 4.30pm (last admission 4.00pm). What’s on offer ? Our ever-popular brakevan rides have proved a great hit with our young, and not-so-young, visitors. Experience the thrill of travelling in a vehicle from a bygone age, hauled by one of our working steam locomotives. View our extensive collection of steam and diesel locomotives, and rolling stock. Visit our Museum including displays of signal box nameboards, a working steam powered model railway, plus a toy railway for the children to operate. Our Souvenir shop has many items at pocket money prices, including the ever popular Thomas the Tank Engine range of products. Our Signal box Cafe provides teas, coffee, soft drinks and light snacks all day every Steam Day. Hope to see you there !
Sunday 5th July was a real red-letter day for the Group, when our Fireless locomotive was returned to steam for the first time in public. She was built in Kilmarnock by Andrew Barclay, Sons & Co. Ltd. as their works No. 1952 of 1928. Despite her age (87 years), the lovingly restored engine performed faultlessly, hauling a short demonstration train which consisted of a single Gunpowder van. She was operated at hourly intervals, to allow visitors to view the engine moving under her own power, with many capturing the moment on camera. Well done to all those involved in the restoration of this popular wee engine.
Our unusual Fireless steam locomotive will be working today, hauling the Gunpowder van for short demonstration runs at 12 Noon, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm for approx ten minutes each hour. Our conventional steam loco, No. 10 will be on brakevan duties as usual, providing short trips between 11am – 4.pm
Sunday 5th July will see the return to steam of our unusual (if not unique) Fireless steam locomotive. Believed to be the only working Fireless locomotive left in Britain, it will be seen moving its short demonstration goods train at regular intervals throughout the day. We will of course be providing our ever popular brakevan trips using our conventional steam loco, NCB No. 10, built in Kilmarnock in 1947.
Dunaskin is open this Sunday, 28th June, with NCB No. 10 providing short brakevan trips. Our Museum is also open featuring our two model railways, and industrial narrow gauge rolling stock. Teas, Coffee, Soft Drinks and light snacks available. And we have that essential wee souvenir for the children in our well stocked Shop.
Having failed early in the morning of Sunday 24th May, No. 10 has now been repaired and returned to full working order. This means she will be operating every Sunday from 28th June – 30th Aug, plus 27th September. Also note, on Sunday 5th July, our Fireless loco will be steamed for the first time in public for many a long year.
Ayrshire Railway Preservation Group has concluded the purchase of a significant portion of the Dunaskin site. Included in the purchase are : the four-road Locomotive Shed built by the NCB in 1964, the Wagon Repair Shops, the Station and platform at Dunaskin, the former Ambulance Station, the Weigh Bridge, and all associated land. All other buildings and land we currently occupy, including the Engineers’ Shop is now secured through a ten year lease. The purchase was achieved by utilising ARPG funds previously set aside for the purpose, plus substantial donations from Members raised via an Appeal set up earlier this year. Significant contributions were received from East Ayrshire Council and Cumnock & Doon Valley Minerals Trust, for which the Group is most grateful.
Brakevan rides have had to be cancelled on Sunday 24th and Monday 25th May, due locomotive failure. The site will remain open for static display, with the museum, shop and cafe open on Monday 25th. There will be no admission charge.
Number 10 developed a leaking washout plug as steam was being raised on Sunday morning. This plug is unfortunately in an inaccessible place, making a repair difficult (it is thought that the threads need to be tapped, but there isn’t enough room to get a tap in place.) Hopefully the locomotive will be repaired in time for our next open day on June 28th.
The fireless locomotive, AB 0-4-0F 1952/1928, ran under its own steam on Friday May 15th, following a successful examination by the boiler inspector. The dome cladding has now been fitted; all that remains is the sand boxes and the lubricators which are attached to them, followed by final painting and lining out. A launch date of Sunday July 5th is being planned.
The Scottish Industrial Railway Centre will be open to the public on Sunday 24th and Monday 25th May. All our usual attractions will be available, including steam-hauled brakevan rides, museum, souvenir shop and cafe. Opening times 11.00am – 4.30pm (last admissions 4.00pm, last train 4.10pm) Admission prices : Adult £5, Child £3, Family (2 adults + 3 children) £13. No need to book in advance!