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Winter Meetings 2015 / 2016 Season

the Winter Meetings page has now been updated for the season 2015 / 2016 . Take a look at what is going to be on offer this winter, surely an eclectic mix of interesting and entertaining evenings are in store.

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Final Steam Day for 2015

Our final steam day for 2015 will be held on Sunday 27th September, when we hope to have two engines in steam. Please note, we are not open to the public on any other day this year. This is therefore the last opportunity you will have to visit the Scottish Industrial Railway Centre this year.

No. 10 will be providing visitors with a short hurl on our passenger brakevan, and we also hope to have our fireless steam locomotive working at regular intervals throughout the day. We are open 11am – 4.30pm.

We also hope to have at least two working model railways on display, including a small Thomas the Tank Engine layout which the children can operate.

If you are travelling a distance, please check our website and/or Twitter for an update on the above schedule, to prevent any disappointment.



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Fireless Failure

ARPG regrets to announce that the Fireless locomotive will not now been in steam on Sunday, 30th August 2015. This is as a result of a relatively minor technical problem which is unlikely to be resolved in time to permit the engine to steam. No. 10 will still be providing passenger brakevan trips along our demonstration track as usual.

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Steam Day Sundays

We’re open with at least one locomotive in steam on Sundays 23 & 30 August, and then our final day of this season will be held on Sunday 27 September. For more information, check out our new website on

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Opening Ceremony at Dunaskin

Sunday, 2nd August was a red-letter day for the ARPG, when Councillors from East Ayrshire Council, and representatives of Cumnock & Doon Valley Minerals Trust visited Dunaskin to witness the unveiling of a commemorative plaque recording their assistance in the purchase of a significant part of the site.

After a few words of welcome from Group Chairman, Archie Thom, Councillor R McDill of EAC made a short speech of congratulations to the Group and then unveiled the plaque to a round of applause from the assembled company. Councillor S Primrose, representing C&DVMT, also added a few words of encouragement to the Group, wishing us well in our future endeavours.

The honoured guests and friends then viewed a short demonstration of our unique working Fireless locomotive in action, before boarding the passenger brakevan for a short trip along the main line of the former Dalmellington Iron Company hauled by our usual working loco, NCB No. 10.

The party were then invited to tour our recently acquired Locomotive shed, and took time out to visit the ex-LMS Inspection Saloon, which is currently being converted to passenger use and is expected to be pressed into service in the near future.

The invited guests all stated how delighted they were to visit Dunaskin, before retiring to our Tearoom for a light lunch. Many of the guests stayed on for the rest of the day, to take in all there is on offer at Dunaskin. A most enjoyable day was had by all.

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Steam Day Sundays

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 !

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Fabulous Fireless

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.

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Fireless Fun on Sunday 5 July

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 –

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Fireless Funday

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.

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Steam Day on Sunday

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.

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