Patna, nr Ayr
Ayrshire, KA6 7JH
Latest News (December 2017)
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 22 Nov 2017 NG)
The Group were recently pleased to receive help free of charge by a local rail company. Having vacated their former site at Minnivey Colliery near Dalmellington some years ago, ARPG was recently informed by the landowner the old colliery site was to be cleared. Since leaving the site the plan had always been to recover track materials left there, however time and money were scarce and so this had been left in abeyance.
The old site had become overgrown, and road access to the lineside, which had always been difficult, was hampered by piles of dumped soil. ARPG volunteers cleared the vegetation and freed off the rails to enable the recovery of 3 points, required for future developments at Dunaskin. However, moving these large rail components to a road loading point was proving difficult.
A group member who works for McCulloch Rail of Ballantrae, a contractor for Network Rail, approached his manager to ask if they could help with some specialist machines to move the rails. Discussion with the company directors resulted in the assistance of 5 men and two TRT's , (tracked rail transposers) for two days. These machines, usually used on major track renewal projects on main lines, moved the material to the roadside where they were easily accessed by lorry.
The Group was over the moon to receive such support from McCulloch's directors, Danny and Billy McCulloch and Colin McNeil, and this in turn was a morale boost to the working ARPG members.
Help also came from T. French and Son of Cronberry, who provided transport to the Scottish Industrial Railway Site at Dunaskin.
McCulloch Rail's Tracked Rail Transporter assists the Group to recover three sets of points from Minnivey.
The One of our three 16 ton mineral waggons has been restored over the past couple of years. It is now 99% complete.