Last chance at the OK Wee Trains Corral

πŸš‚ Last official running days for 2021 with this weekend’s three day extravaganza! πŸ‘πŸ»
Running on Saturday, Sunday and Monday it is hoped if the weather is favourable πŸ™πŸ» to have several different locomotives pulling trains over the three days.
Petrol outline, Steam and possibly battery powered locos on parade. Eva our saddle tank locomotive has returned to the park after 12 months in the πŸ”§ workshop fitting many new parts along with the new boiler, she has been repainted and is looking splendid 😍ready to start pulling passengers.
On show will be Margaret, our 72 year old locomotive who has also had work just completed in the last few weeks.
Looking forward to seeing you all at the park and enjoying a ride on the Wee Train.
Look out for an announcement about the October school holidays when we try something NEW!!!!.

How Cool is Artianne’s New Mural at the ‘Wee Trains’ ?

😍 Artianne has completed the stunning mural πŸ–Ό on our station building.
It definitely captures everything that’s fab about our wee area of the park and, of course, oor wee train πŸš‚
Hopefully it gives you something more to smile about when you visit 🏴󠁧󠁒󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Scotland’s oldest miniature railway πŸš‚
I’m seeing a selfie ops everywhere β˜ΊοΈπŸ€³πŸš‚πŸŽ¨

Links to Artianne’s page and website
https://www.facebook.com/artiannedesign/
http://www.artianne.co.uk🎨

Eva will be at the Park – very, very soon

Alight again – Hooray

On Monday 23rd of August, we lit the first fire in Eva’s new boiler after eight months plus of strip down and rebuilding. The stationary Steam test was very successful with all major components doing what they should. Some small tweaks are required that could not be seen until steam was raised in the locomotive. It is planned to finish these minor items this week.

Then return her to the park to be steam tested again, on the move this time and hopefully return to service during the later part of September.

A HUGE THANK YOU to the team of engineers who have overcome all the difficulties that were thrown at them – from Covid restrictions to design alterations – while fitting multiple new components and pipe work.
Well done Mike, Eric and Gordon as main leads on this work and also thanks to Jay and David W. plus many more who have contributed to this major piece of work.

“What is next ?” I hear you say, well we have a list of items that we wish to complete, on the rolling stock, locos and running infrastructure, this year and next.
If you have an interest and would like to join us on a Monday or Tuesday evening please come along and join us.

Where the heck did that widget go ?
Tea break after successful endeavours

Eva Update

πŸš‚πŸ’¨ EVA WILL BE BACK ‘SOON’ πŸš‚πŸ’¨

You will all probably remember that at the start of 2020 we were preparing Eva for a running day when we discovered issues with the boiler and had to withdraw the loco for service. Since then we have been working hard behind the scenes to bring her ‘back to life’.

Work has progressed but it has been long and not without its difficulties however now we are on the last leg with our installation of the new boiler and many new fittings to Eva. If all goes well with these final bits and pieces it is hoped to complete a steam test in our workshop yard by the end of the month. Her tender has been cleaned and prepared for painting and we intend that by the end of this month it will be repainted to match the loco.
Thereafter Eva will initially return to the park for running trials and when these are all successful we will be able to return her into full service.

Attached are some pictures of Eva in the workshop looking more like a locomotive than a jumble of disconnected pieces.

A huge thank you to our dedicated engineers Eric, Mike, Jay and Gordon who have been the key players in this restoration.
Thank you also to the others who have assisted in this task.

New Pin Badges !

πŸš‚ New for 2021 – pin badges depicting most of our locomotives will be on sale at the park celebrating the fact that we are the Oldest Miniature Railway in Scotland πŸ‘πŸ» Badges depicting Margaret, Eva, Abberton, Strathaven Castle and the new Class 67 will be on sale priced Β£1.00 for two badges
See images below.
We are hoping that the weather 🌞 will be kind to us over the weekend and we look forward to seeing you all πŸ‘‹πŸ» at the park and having a ride on the “Wee Train” πŸš‚
If we have enough volunteers it is hoped to have Margaret in steam πŸ’¨ hauling passengers over one or two of these days.

🀞🏻Who is your favourite Loco πŸ€”?
I guess ours will always be Margaret 😍

Come On Eva !

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Work progresses steadily on the installation and rebuild of EVA.
Several head scratching moments have occurred as the new boiler is not identical to the original and some minor fettling has had to take place to get parts to fit.
Boiler now installed in frames and the smoke box and chimney are also back on the loco.
She is starting to look more like an engine than a lot of bits.

If you are interested in this kind of project why not join us on a Monday 10am to 16.00 hrs or a Tuesday night 18.30 to 21.30.

Ian Samson
Company Secretary
Strathaven Model Society Ltd.

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Summer Holiday Special !

πŸš‚πŸŒž The Heat is On ! πŸŒžπŸš‚

The wee train train πŸš‚ will operate a school holiday special on Wednesday 30th of June 12-4.30pm approx.
All the usual Covid rules in place (track and trace) donation bucket πŸͺ£ no tickets 🎫 issued and sanitising 🧼 of carriages after each run.
We hope you can get along and support the wee train and perhaps buy a badge for Β£1.00
β€œStrathaven Miniature Railway – now the Oldest in Scotland”

Another Double-Day Bonanza Weekend

We will be running on both days this weekend 26th and 27th of June.
The Sunday will have a restricted service with only one train πŸš‚ operating as we have a limited amount of volunteers available for both days.
On Saturday both locomotives will be in service.
On both days we will be providing a socially distanced ride around the park.
All carriages will be sanitised after each journey and a donation bucket πŸͺ£ is in use instead of ticket sales 🎫

Looking forward to seeing new and regular customers over the weekend πŸš‚

From less a restricted time – don’t worry, be happy – they’ll be back

Volunteers Pull Out all the Stops – Wee Train on Both Days this Weekend !

πŸš‚ The Wee Train will operate on Saturday the 19th and Sunday the 20th of June (Fathers Day)πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦ from 12 until 4.30pm.

This will be the first weekend this year that we have enough volunteers to run the railway on both days.

πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ₯³ We continue to comply with Covid 19 🦠 rules and ask customers to keep their 2 meter ⬅️ 2m ➑️ distance in the queue, while we sanitise the carriages after each journey. Donation bucket πŸͺ£ in use rather than selling tickets 🎫

Bring the dads and grandads along and treat them to a ride on the wee train πŸš‚

We’ll see you on the platform πŸ‘‹πŸ»πŸš‚

The Next Wee Train Departing Strathaven Central

πŸš‚ Strathaven Miniature Railway will operate over the next two Saturdays – 5th and 12th of June – good weather dependant – with running commencing at Noon till 16.30 on both days.

Usual Covid rules 😷 will apply, cleaning 🧼 of carriages and keeping your distance β¬…οΈβž‘οΈin the queue.
Our donation bucket πŸͺ£ is being used instead of ticket 🎫 sales.

Thank you πŸ₯° to all who have supported us during the six running days we had in May, much appreciated by all at the Wee Train. πŸš‚