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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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Steam Locomotive to be Restored ?

The Group are looking to increase the working steam fleet, so that we will have greater flexibility during our season of Steam Days.  For a number of years, we have relied solely on NCB No. 10, and she has performed most admirably. However, we recognise that to operate an entire season of Steam Days with only one working locomotive means we may on occasion, not be able to operate, should No. 10 fail for one reason or another.

It is with this in mind, that we are now looking seriously at our non restored locos with a view to selecting the next best candidate to  be restored to full working order. The current thinking is that NCB Fife Area No. 23 is the best candidate. Like all of our steam locomotives, No. 23 was built in Kilmarnock by Andrew Barclay, Sons & Co Ltd Works No. 2260 of 1949.

You will be aware our working members are heavily committed to replacing the four tracks leading up to the Loco Shed, and we cannot contemplate carrying out any work on No. 23 until the track laying operation is complete.  As soon as this work is completed, we have to prepare No. 10 for her annual cold and steam tests, and then we can look at No. 23.

If you might be interested in assisting Group members with this important task, please get in touch with either –

ARPG Chairman – Archie Thom on 01292 269 260 (evenings only, please) or

ARPG Secretary – Gordon Thomson on 01292 313 579 (evenings only, please).

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Retaining Wall Collapse – Latest

Members will be aware the Scottish Industrial Railway Centre suffered from the collapse of a section of retaining wall next to the Loco Shed.

However, as it is necessary to complete the trackworks proceeding apace outside the Shed, we have not been able to devote a great deal of effort to resolving the issue of the wall.

Whilst the bricks have now all been recovered, about half of these have been cleaned of old mortar to permit their re-use in the rebuilding of the wall, which will begin in earnest as soon as sufficient resources are available.

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The above picture shows the sheer volume of water pouring over the top of the retaining wall, during the recent storms. Part of the wall has already collapsed, and another section, nearest the camera, had to be taken down, as it was clearly unsafe.

 

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Track Renewal Progressing Well

Work to replace all four “roads” leading up to the Loco Shed is continuing apace, with most resources being spent to ensure this work is completed as soon as possible.

All of the old track has been lifted, and the entire area cleared of any remaining detritus, and already, the basis for the four new lines is in place. All of the sleepers are down, the rails are in place in their chairs, and we have fixed the chairs in place on one line.

Some rails have still to be cut in places, and then holes for the bolts to hold the fishplates in place will be required to be drilled, but is is proceeding quite nicely.

If you wish to assist in this rewarding task, please get in touch with our Chairman, Archie Thom, on 01292 269 260. The more people we have to help, the quicker this important task will be completed.

The old tracks leading up to the Loco Shed before removal. Note how the infill reaches up to the top of the rails.

The old tracks leading up to the Loco Shed before removal. Note how the infill reaches up to the top of the rails.

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View showing the relaying in progress, all tracks roughly in place, but still to be fastened to the sleepers.

 

 

 

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Kilmarnock & District MRC Exhibition

ARPG will be attending the Kilmarnock & District Model Railway Club Exhibition at the Volunteer Rooms, Irvine, on Saturday & Sunday 30th & 31st Jan 2016.

Attendance at model railway shows is an excellent way to promote the existence of the Group, and the Scottish Industrial Railway Centre, and we will have a sales and information stand throughout the duration of the show.

Opening times are –

Sat 30th Jan – 10am – 5pm

Sun 31st Jan – 10am – 4pm

If you might be interested in assisting at a future model railway exhibition, please contact either Archie Thom on 01292 269 260 (evenings only, pls) or Gordon Thomson on 01292 313 579 (evenings only, pls).

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ARPG Monthly Meeting 3rd Feb 2016

Our regular meeting this month will be on –

World Steam – by Chris Cairns. Most of us know Chris as a very keen and enthusiastic volunteer at Dunaskin. He has visited most countries around the globe where steam is to be found in everyday use. He will share some of his experiences with us. As we have been keen to have Chris speak to us for a long time, this evening will be eagerly awaited.

Venue – Geordie’s Byre, 103 Main Street, Ayr, KA8 8BU, 3rd Feb at 7.30pm

Note – this meeting is open to non-members

 

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Retaining Wall Collapse – Latest

Subsequent to the collapse of the retaining wall adjacent to the Loco Shed, and for safety reasons, we have had to take down a small part of the wall which was also threatening to collapse .

We have managed to collect all of the bricks which the wall had been built with, and most of these appear to be OK to re-use in the reconstruction of the new retaining wall. These will be cleaned up and stored until such times as the weather improves to permit rebuilding to commence.

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Retaining Wall Collapse

A section of the retaining wall adjacent to Dunaskin Locomotive Shed has collapsed, as a result of the torrential rainfall experienced recently. About ten foot of wall has collapsed, with another five or six feet or so threatening to come down.

The intention is to clear the drainage channels in the short term, to allow excess rainwater to drain away safely, and then rebuild the wall using the original bricks.

Although not in itself a particularly difficult task, this nevertheless highlights the ongoing issues which we are now responsible for, having purchased part of the Dunaskin site last year.

If you have bricklaying experience, perhaps you might like to lend a hand ? Contact : info@scottishindustrialrailwaycentre.org.uk or telephone 01292 269260 or 01292 313579  (evenings only, please)

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Seasons Greetings to All

The Board of Directors of Ayrshire Railway Preservation Group wishes to extend the compliments of the Season to all of our Members, Friends and Visitors to the Scottish Industrial Railway Centre. We’re looking forward to another record-breaking year next year. Merry Christmas and A Happy and Prosperous New Year. Lang may your lum reek !

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Rubbish Dumper Fined

A man from Mauchline was found guilty recently for allowing his rubbish to be dumped at the entrance to Dunaskin. He has been fined £200.

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