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Dalmellington Road


Patna, nr Ayr

Ayrshire, KA6 7JH

We welcome all volunteers and donations, whether you are an individual or part of a larger corporation or group.


The Scottish Industrial Railway Centre is run and operated by the Ayrshire Railway Preservation Group.

If you'd like to help us out, the first step is to become a ARPG member, so that we can ensure we meet all insurance and health and safety obligations

(see below for current rates).

Want to help?

We need your skills...

Do you have experience in: Engineering (mechanical, electrical, civil, railway); Diesel engines; Workshop practice; Buildings maintenance; Joinery; Painting and decorating; Gardening or landscaping; First aid; Health and safety; Catering; Sales; Legal or Finance?


If so, we'd be delighted to meet you. Something else? You'd still be most welcome.


In return we offer experience or training in locomotive and rolling stock restoration and maintenance, track and site work, railway operation, shop and cafe sales, guard duties and a chance to participate in footplate work, including driving and firing our locomotives. All activities are open to men and women, but some are restricted to those over 18 years of age.


If you would like to join us, you can enquire of any volunteer at our Steam Days, or by contacting :

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

Gordon Thomson on 01292 313 579 (evenings only, please)


Or why not come along to one of our work days which are held at Dunaskin every Tuesday and Saturday from 10 am approx to 4.30 pm?


Membership rates for 2019 are:

ADULT, ordinary: £20.00, concession: £16.00,

FAMILY, ordinary: £30.00, concession: £25.00.


We'll do our best to match you with your existing skills and experience, or with the type of activity you would like to take part in. Click on the grey "Membership Application Form" when a file will open with the current ARPG membership application form. Print off the form, fill in your details, and send completed with your payment to Mrs Catriona Thom, Membership Sercretary, 38 Ashgrove Street, Ayr, KA7 3BG. Cheques and Postal Orders should be made payable to Ayrshire Railway Preservation Group.

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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)