Our first open day on Sunday 26th May was very well attended with some 214 visitors on site in the course of the day. Our new cafe did good business and is much appreciated by visitors. Here’s hoping numbers keep up like this for the main part of the season, which starts on June 23rd.
January saw the disposal of our RBR restaurant car to the GCR(Northern), who were keen to acquire an air braked vehicle of this kind for their fleet. Although a potentially useful member of our own fleet, the coach required a considerable amount of work, and was rather far down our ‘to do’ list. In return [...]
Steam open days will recommence at Dunaskin at the end of May. For a full list of dates, please click on the button above. Our popular steam-hauled brakevan rides will be in operation. The cafe and shop will be open, as will our museum room, complete with G-gauge live steam model railway.
Number 10 has been stripped down for its annual boiler exam. It is on track to be ready to steam on the first open day in May. Plans are in hand to repair leaks in the water tank, and hopefully this year will see a complete repaint. Work continues on the Fireless locomotive. Unforeseen problems [...]
Locomotive Number 10 (AB 2244/1948) passed its steam test on 26th April and was ready to enter service the following week. It has been a long process, starting with the exchange of boilers between Number 10 and Number 19, through the extended period when the boiler was away at two different boilermakers, to the re-assembly [...]
On Sunday May 4th 2008 the Scottish Industrial Railway Centre (now relocated to Dunaskin Heritage Centre) opened its doors to the public for the first time in six years (apart from a short spell in August 2005.) 71 visitors came; not enough to set the heather on fire, but enough to prove to us that [...]
On Saturday 13th February 2010, Barclay 0-4-0ST Number 10 was steamed, and the diesel locomotive which had remained at Minnivey since our initial move was successfully started. Four trips were made on the Scottish Coal line, the first using the diesel, and the other three with Number 10. At the end of the day, the [...]
Boilersmiths from the firm of Israel Newton, of Bradford, will be at Dunaskin at the end of this week to replace two rivets on the steam receiver.Once this has been completed, work can begin on putting the locomotive back together again. Meantime, the replacement steam exhaust pipe has been fitted, the steps have been straightened [...]
Dunaskin Ironworks Museum, whose site we share, went into liquidation in August 2005. With the agreement of the liquidator, we were able to run brakevan rides in summer 2005, but were unable to do so during 2006 because of locomotive problems. Since October 2005 we have been in negotiations with The Coal Authority and Scottish [...]
It has taken a long time, and we have missed another summer’s open days, but only a few more days’ work will see Number 10 ready for its steam test. At the time of writing, the refurbished boiler has been installed and the tank, chimney and cab put back in position. Steam pipes and blast [...]