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Steam Weekend 16th & 17th July 2017

The Scottish Industrial Railway Centre at Dunaskin, nr Ayr is open over the weekend of the 16th & 17th July. We’re open from 11am – 4.30pm (last admission

Steam hauled passenger trips along our short demonstration line, museum with model railway, shop and tea room.

On Monday 17th only, we will also have East Ayrshire Countryside Rangers taking a free Nature Walk around part of the Dunaskin site.  This walk will leave from the Shop at 1pm prompt, and lasts for about one hour. It is particularly suitable for young families.

We’re always looking for new members to help operate our railway, and training is provided for those willing to become engine drivers, firemen and women, guards, ticket inspectors, and all the other myriad of tasks we require help with. if you’re interested, just ask at our ticket office in the shop.


NCB No. 10 with brakevan at Dunaskin platform.


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The Restoration Work Continues ……

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 former LMS Inspection Saloon seen in action on 25th Sept 2016. Gordon Thomson.

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 ?


This 16 Ton Mineral Waggon has been substantially rebuilt by Group member John Paterson. Photo Gordon Thomson

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 –




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Steam Finale at Dunaskin

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


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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The advantages of the end windows of the Inspection Saloon can be seen in this view at Dunaskin, on 25 Sep 2016. Pic by Gordon Thomson.


No. 10 and Saloon at Dunaskin 25 Sep 2016. Pic Gordon Thomson


The late afternoon sun catches the Fireless and Brakevan at Dunaskin 25 Sep 2016. Pic by Gordon Thomson

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Last Steam Day of 2016

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.



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Steam Double Sunday 28th August

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.


No. 10 at Dunaskin Platform. Photo Gordon Thomson

And we’ll also have our highly unusual fireless steam engine working every hour on the hour between 12 noon and 3pm.


Fireless loco in steam at Dunaskin. Photo Gordon Thomson

Have a look at our new website – for more details.



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Steam Day Sunday 21st August 2016

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.


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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 !

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Steam Day 14th August 2016

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-


NCB No. 10 passes the Waggon Repair Shops en route to the Locomotive shed at the end of another working day, 9th August 2015. Photo by Gordon Thomson.


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Steam / Diesel Day Sunday 7th August

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

Powfoot No. 1 built by Andrew Barclay of Kilmarnock at Dunaskin 30th May 2016. Photo Archie Thom

Powfoot No. 1 on brakevan duties 30th May 2016. Photo Archie Thom.

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 –



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Steam Double, Sunday 31st July



NCB No. 10 with our brakevan at Dunaskin. 


The Fireless steam loco and gunpowder van

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 !







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