The Wee Train is in the News Again

πŸš‚ The Narrow Gauge railway magazineπŸ“– for the month of January 2020 devoted 12 pages out of the 40 to the Strathaven Miniature Railway. 😱The article covered our history of 70 years in Strathaven Park 🌳 and our locomotive Margaret πŸš‚who was also 70 at that timeπŸ₯³. Thank you πŸ‘πŸ»to the NGR magazine for devoting all this space to our railway. πŸ‘πŸ»
Keep Safe 😷 and we hope to see you at the park later in the year. πŸ€žπŸ»πŸš‚

The information below is from the article in The Narrow Guage

Eva Restoration – her new boiler has arrived !

🚨 NEW ARRIVAL.🚨

This week we received the new boiler for Eva with all the new fittingsπŸ”©. Included in the new fittings is a new whistle for the locomotive, a THREE CHIME type 🎢 , which will sound very different from the whistle on the loco today (single note).
We just now need to wait till we can get back in the workshopπŸ˜“ to remove the old boiler and replace it πŸ”§ with this new one😎, and all the fittings.πŸ”©
Once back in the workshop it will take several weeks πŸ“† to have Eva ready for the track, but hopefully by the summer 🌞 of this year all will be well.
Keep safe 😷 and well and we are looking forward to seeing everyone πŸ€— back in the park later this year πŸ‘‹πŸ»πŸš‚

Eva is “In the Wars”

Oh dear

Before Christmas πŸŽ„we started to work on Eva’s boiler hoping to start work πŸ”§on repairs. Unfortunately we discovered more was needed than we had originally thought 😱 and it was decided that a new boiler was required.  This has now been purchased from John Rex Model Engineers in Pontefract (http://www.miniaturesteam.com/index.html).

At the same time we decided that the new boiler would require several new fittings costing over Β£500 ! 😳  On approaching our local community council for a grant towards the purchase of these items we were given confirmation that this would be possible which let us go ahead with purchasing the needed items.

Thank you to Strathaven and Glassford Community Council for this assistance πŸ‘πŸ».

We just now need the Covid restrictions to ease πŸ₯Ί and we can get back into the workshop to remove the old boiler and fit the new one plus all the new parts.

Below are pictures of Eva πŸš‚ undergoing rebuilding in the workshop and of many of the new boilers from the supplier, one of these is on its way to us now.

We will also repaint Eva’s cab and saddle tank which have been removed from the locomotive.

We will also repaint Eva’s cab and saddle tank which have been removed from the locomotive.

So, with any luck, Eva’s recuperation will be over by the time the Wee Train is out and about running again.

Keep safe and well till we can see you all again πŸš‚

Thank You, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU IN 2021

Thank you πŸ‘πŸ» to all who supported the Wee Train πŸš‚ in 2020.
This was a very difficult year for all our crews 😀 trying to operate the railway safely and still give everyone a bit of fun during the running season.
Thank you πŸ™πŸ» for coming out and supporting us on the days that we managed to run and putting up with the queues as we cleaned🧽 the carriages every time for each run and hopefully keeping everyone safe.
We are busy in the workshop πŸ”§ trying to get all the locomotives serviced ready for the 27th of March 2021 when we are planning to start running again. πŸ₯³
A SAFE 😷 and HEALTHY CHRISTMAS πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸΌ to EVERYONE and looking forward to seeing you all next year.πŸ€žπŸ»πŸš‚

🚊 New ‘Royal’ Arrival 🚊

Hurlin roon the curve

Strathaven Miniature Railway welcomed a new arrival this week – a Class 67 5″ gauge model locomotive. We purchased this fine 2nd hand battery powered, environmentally friendly, locomotive in the colours used for the πŸ‘‘ Royal Train. ‘Royal Sovereign’ and ‘Queen’s Messenger’ are the two locomotives used nationally for hauling the Royal train and we have purchased a model of ‘Royal Sovereign’. πŸ‘πŸ»
We are sure that this new engine will encourage new and existing junior members (aged 9-16 years accompanied by an adult) πŸ‘§πŸ»πŸ§’πŸΌ to come and learn about the railway and learn how to drive, initially, this engine before progressing onto others within our stable πŸš‚
We are all looking forward to next year πŸ‘‹πŸ» and seeing our junior members using this engine on both ground and raised track .
We will be making an announcement in the spring 🌞 for new members to come and join us driving this and other locomotives in the park.
Take care everyone and we’ll be seeing you soon πŸš‚

Some close-ups of the new loco – what a beaut !

Meet the real Royal train driver who indeed drove the real loco
from Carlisle to Glasgow to Edinburgh

The Park and the Wee Train make a 2nd Appearance in Local News

πŸš‚ Thank you to Strathaven Echoes πŸ‘πŸ» for committing a page to cover our short running season in 2020. With all the restrictions in place regarding Covid 19 and with all that the volunteers had to do to make it possible to run it really was a tough 😰 but rewarding year. Congratulations also to Strathaven Park πŸ‘πŸ» who shared the double page feature with us and for winning a GREEN FLAG for the eighth consecutive yea.
Well done to all.
We have now started the many maintenance πŸ”§ tasks required to ensure all our rolling stock and locomotives are ready for next year. This will be a more difficult task than normal with many of our colleagues having to isolate at this time so they cannot assist in sharing the workload as they would usually do. 🀞🏻We hope everyone keeps safe and well.
From all at the Wee Train πŸš‚
Looking forward to seeing you all at EASTER 🐣 next year.

We’re in the National News !

πŸš‚ On Friday 23rd October the BBC online news site shared many pictures and there amingst them all was a treasure – one of our railway from Saturday 17th of October.
It was a picture published of our loco Margaret steaming πŸ’¨ up the back straight with a young boy πŸ‘¦ waiting patiently at the fence in the queue for his turn on the wee train πŸš‚

Photo Credit- Lisa McKerley Douglas
Captioned – Four-year-old George is on track for a nice day out as he waves at the approaching train driver and passengers on the miniature railway as Strathaven Model Society staged the final rides of 2020.

Thank you Lisa for sharing this stunning pic ❀️

πŸš‚ WHAT A “BLAST” AT THE FINAL CALL FOR PASSENGERS πŸš‚

You all joined Eyeore with your masks and social distancing – thank you !
Ready, set GO !

πŸš‚ The final call for passengers to board the last train of 2020 from Strathaven Central was answered by you all coming to join us in your droves πŸš‚
THANK YOU SO MUCH
Abberton and Strathaven Castle started the day taking passengers rolling around the track, then Margaret got her steam up and joined in the action after lunch ! πŸ‘πŸ»
Nearly 600 of you came along to help us finish the 2020 season with a flourish and now the hardworking locos are heading into the workshop for winter maintenance and refreshing after a splendid finish to a tough year β„οΈπŸ”§
🚨You all remembered to wear a mask and keep a 2m distance while queuing, keeping yourselves, oursleves and others safe 🚨
SEE YOU ALL IN 2021 !!!!