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New Website

Posted by on April 19, 2011 at 10:32 am

Finally! Welcome to our new all-singing, all-dancing website which we hope will keep you, the public, up to date with all that goes on in the ARPG. In particular, we hope to revive the mailing list, to which some of you have already subscribed; this will be used to draw your attention to updates which […]

Locomotive News – May 08

Posted by on May 14, 2010 at 4:25 pm

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 […]

Stock Movement

Posted by on February 8, 2010 at 4:31 pm

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 […]

Locomotive News – Jan 09

Posted by on January 12, 2009 at 4:27 pm

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 Site News

Posted by on May 14, 2008 at 4:22 pm

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 […]

Locomotive News September 07

Posted by on October 7, 2007 at 4:18 pm

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 […]

Locomotive News – February 07

Posted by on February 13, 2007 at 4:14 pm

Although Nicol Boilers of Shotts have successfully completed all the work they were contracted to do, including a full retube and  repairs to cracking around the firebox door, the boiler unfortunately failed its hydraulic test, due to leaking stays and a leaking firebox tubeplate lapjoint. It is expected that these faults can be rectified fairly […]

Locomotive News – May 06

Posted by on May 9, 2006 at 4:12 pm

Having been removed from the frames of Number 19, the boiler was seen by both the inspector and a representative of our chosen firm of boiler makers. It was passed as suitable for a re-tube, subject to some minor repairs, for example re-tapping of plugholes. It has now been removed to Nicol Boilers in Shotts, […]

Locomotive News – January 2006

Posted by on January 10, 2006 at 4:09 pm

Now that Number 19 has been successfully moved to the shed, work has begun on (a) de-tubing the boiler to enable a full cold inspection to be made, and (b) stripping down the tank and cab fixings to prepare for an eventual boiler lift. As of Saturday 8th January, about half the boiler tubes had […]