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Steam Weekend – Sun & Mon 17th & 18th July 2016

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

 

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Steam Day – Sunday 10th July

The Scottish Industrial Railway Centre will be open as advertised on Sunday 10th July, 2016,  complete with our regular steam locomotive, NCB No. 10,  which we have managed to repair in time for Sunday.

All going well, therefore, we hope to operate our passenger brakevan service using NCB No. 10 as scheduled.

Also available on Sunday will be our steam operated garden scale model railway, and a small electric model railway for the children to play with. These are both located within our Museum, housed in the former Engineers Workshops.

Here we also have photographic displays, steam locomotive Dalmellington Iron Company No. 16, and a selection of other narrow gauge rolling stock.

Our souvenir shop will be open and the tea room will be offering teas, coffee and soft drinks, etc.

Why not pop along to Dunaskin this sunday ? (only ten miles from Ayr on the A713 Dalmellington road).

We are now open every sunday until 28th August. See our website for more details – www.scottishindustrialrailwaycentre.org.uk

 

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Diesel Day on Sunday 3rd July

The Scottish Industrial Railway Centre will be open as advertised on Sunday 3rd July, however,  due to a problem with our regular steam locomotive, we will be operating our passenger brakevan service using one of our diesel locomotives.

Also available on Sunday will be our steam operated garden scale model railway, and a small electric model railway for the children to play with. These are both located within our Museum, housed in the former Engineers Workshops.

Here we also have photographic displays combined with railway exhibits portraying Ayrshire’s rich heritage.

Our souvenir shop will be open and the tea room will be offering teas, coffee and soft drinks, etc.

Why not pop along to Dunaskin this sunday ? (only ten miles from Ayr on the A713 Dalmellington road).

We are now open every sunday until 28th August. See our website for more details – www.scottishindustrialrailwaycentre.org.uk

 

 

 

 

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Steam Day Sunday 26th June 2016

We’re glad to report that steam locomotive No. 10 has passed its annual hydraulic and steam exams, and will be seen in action on Sunday 26th June 2016.

No. 10 will be seen hauling our passenger-carrying brakevan, providing visitors to Dunaskin with a short trip on our demonstration track.

As an added bonus, our highly unusual Fireless locomotive will also be in action, and will be demonstrating a short goods train every hour on the hour (approx) for about ten minutes or so.

We will also have the services of East Ayrshire Countryside Rangers who will be providing FREE Rangers-led walks around the Dunaskin area. Walks will commence from the Shop on the Dunaskin site at 12 Noon, and then again at 2pm, and will last for about one hour. These walks are suitable for young families, but please wear sensible footwear and clothing.

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It’s All Systems GO !

The Scottish Industrial Railway Centre will be open to the public for the first time in 2016 this weekend, Sunday & Monday 29th & 30th May, from 11am – 4pm.

Steam locomotive No. 10 will be performing as usual, providing visitors with the thrill of a short hurl in our passenger-carrying brakevan.

Also in steam will be our unusual Fireless locomotive, the only working fireless engine in the UK. It will be seen approximately once per hour hauling a short demonstration goods train.

In conjunction with East Ayrshire Leisure, we are delighted to have a couple of Countryside Rangers leading walks around the Dunaskin site. These walks are suitable for families, and rough terrain buggies, but please come dressed for the weather, and with suitable footwear. Meet the Rangers at the Shop for 12 Noon and 2pm for a walk lasting about one hour in duration.

Our Souvenir Shop and Tea Room will be open, as will be our Museum, complete with a working steam powered Garden scale railway, a real must for children (of all ages).

Please also see our new website www.scottishindustrialrailwaycentre.org.uk for even more information.

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Countryside Rangers join forces with ARPG

ARPG are delighted to report that East Ayrshire Leisure Trust Countryside Rangers will join ARPG during the next Steam Day on Sunday 29th May to guide visitors around some of the area surrounding the Scottish Industrial Railway Centre at Dunaskin.

Available to all, these walks will leave the Visitor Centre prompt at 12 noon and 2pm for a walk lasting approximately one hour in duration. And they’re FREE !

The Rangers will help visitors to Dunaskin to take a closer look at wildlife, with fun nature activities.

These walks are suitable for families with off-road buggies. Please make sure you wear suitable footwear and clothing.

These walks will be repeated on Sunday 26th June; Sunday 17th July and Sunday 21st August.

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No. 10 passes its Hydraulic Exam

The Group is pleased to report that our regular working steam locomotive has passed its  annual hydraulic exam in preparation for a full steam test.

This steam test will be carried out by the end of the month at the same time as the steam test of our Fireless locomotive.

The Scottish Industrial Railway Centre will therefore be open for business over the weekend of Sunday 29th and Monday 30th May.

 

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Start of Operating Season Delayed

Ayrshire Railway Preservation Group regrets to announce the delay to the start of our 2016 Operating Season. 

An unexpected repair to our steam locomotive, NCB No. 10, means that we cannot commence operations as planned at the beginning of May. These repairs are expected to be completed within the next two to three weeks, and mean that the first Steam Weekend of  the 2016 season will now be on Sunday and Monday 29 & 30 May.

The Group wishes to take this opportunity to express our disappointment over the delay, and trust that our loyal supporters will understand the reasons for the delay. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience this will cause.

Please watch this space for further updates.

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Track Renewals Almost Completed

Replacement trackworks right outside our Loco Shed is now nearing completion, with all rails in place on roads 1, 2, 3 & 4, and first fix ballasting done on roads 1, 2 & 3.

Concreting work has been completed where the Loco Shed track joins onto the new tracks outside the Shed, and this is now sufficiently hardened to permit movement of stock out of the shed onto the newly relaid lines.

Stock movements were carried out yesterday, and No. 10 was moved from Road 3, where she has been stored over the winter months, to Road 1 in the Loco Shed, which is more convenient for the Boiler Inspector.

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Newly ballasted track outside the Loco Shed.

 

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Sentinel 10012 of 1959 shunts some of our rolling stock over the newly ballasted tracks. 29 Mar 2016

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ARPG Monthly Meeting Wed 6th Apr 2016

Our regular meeting this month will be on –

A selection of the late Roy Crombie’s slides, all taken in Scotland, with an emphasis on Ayrshire and Galloway, during the period 1955 – 1965. This should be a very interesting and entertaining evening. Hosted by Hamish Stevenson and David Hall.

Venue – Geordie’s Byre, 103 Main Street, Ayr, KA8 8BU, Wed 6 Apr at 7.30pm

Note – this meeting is open to non – members

 

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