Waterside, Patna, nr Ayr
Ayrshire, KA6 7JH
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Latest News (to end of Jan 2016)
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 14 Feb 2016 NG)
Current work at Dunaskin has involved the huge task of lifting the four tracks leading up to our Locomotive Shed, and relaying these with new sleepers and rails.
Work has been on-going since 17th November 2015, and is progressing very well indeed. All the track to be lifted has been removed, no mean task in itself, since the tracks had been buried to the top of the rail in ash from the locomotives (NCB style) !
The area was then cleared entirely of all the remaining detritus, and relaying commenced. Now, all four lines are down and in place, with just the chairs to be fastened to the sleepers, and then this new track can be connected to the existing lines inside the shed.
Some rails have still be cut to the correct length, and then drilled to accept the fishplate bolts, and we hope to have this completed soon.
Work Begins ! The view outside our Loco Shed around the middle of November 2015, showing the infill right up to the tops of the rails.
The four Shed "roads" have now been substantially relaid, with cast iron chairs still to be fastened down to the sleepers and rail connections required. Jan 2016.
The sleeper is being lifted to allow a steel key to be inserted to the cast iron chairs. Feb 2016.
Concrete laid by the NCB on top of the sleepers has to be removed at the entrance to the Loco Shed. Feb 2016.
A length of retaining wall, adjacent to our Loco Shed, collapsed during recent torrential rainfall. Another small section was in danger of collapsing too, so this has had to be taken down. All of the bricks have been recovered, and we are already in the process of cleaning these for re-use in the rebuilding of the wall, as soon as time and weather permits. Feb 2016.
The Flood waters are still pouring over the top of the retaining wall, next to the Loco Shed, causing a partial collapse. This is also next to the main pathway taken by visitors to Dunaskin. Fortunately, there was no damage to the Loco Shed. Jan 2016.
With safety fences erected around the area affected, the old bricks are being recovered for re-use. These will all have to be cleaned of mortar before we can start rebuilding the wall, as soon as time and weather permits.Feb 2016.