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Dalmellington Road


Patna, nr Ayr

Ayrshire, KA6 7JH

The Ayrshire Railway Preservation Group (ARPG) was formed in 1974 to keep steam alive in Ayrshire.


Our aim is to create a living museum where historically significant industrial steam and diesel locomotives can be seen working in an authentic setting.


Our locomotive collection is largely based upon engines which worked at Dunaskin. They all have strong Scottish connections and many were built by Andrew Barclay and Sons at Kilmarnock.


Our collection of wagons represent the diversity of Ayrshire industries such as distilling, explosives, and coal mining.



Keeping steam



Dunaskin's history

Coal and ironstone mining was started in the Doon Valley by the Dalmellington Iron Company in 1848.


The company based its operations at Dunaskin, and operated eight furnaces which worked day and night, producing pig iron and providing employment for up to 1,400 people until iron production ceased in 1921. A brickwork, the remains of which can still be seen, replaced the furnaces and delivered building bricks until 1976.


Production of coal continued at various collieries until 1978. When the collieries finally closed, the steam worked railway linking them with the British Rail line from Ayr at Dunaskin was also closed. Given its importance, the site was operated by the Dalmellington and District Conservation Trust until it ceased trading in 2005.


Since then, the ARPG have operated much of the site, restoring, maintaining and exhibiting a number of standard gauge steam and diesel locomotives, rolling stock, narrow gauge items and a large collection of photographs and memorabilia.


During 2015, ARPG purchased the Loco Shed, Wagon Repair Shops, Station and some land. East Ayrshire Council and Cumnock & Doon Valley Minerals Trust made substantial contributions for which the Group is most grateful.


Fun facts...

  • We have a locomotive that is more than 100 years old

  • We have the only operational fireless locomotive in Britain

  • Hornby make a model of our Sentinel diesel

  • A model of our Engineer's coach in its original condition will soon be available in 'N', 'OO' and 'O' gauges - compare it with how our one looks now!

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The Scottish Industrial Railway Centre is operated by volunteers from the Ayrshire Railway Preservation Group, Charity Number SC 016127.

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(page updated 04th May 2019)