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Eva’s Saga’s Over – She’s Back in the Park

At the end of September this year, and after several minor tweeks, EVA is now ready for the track. See below pictures of the loco leaving the workshop and arriving home at the park.
She has been steamed a couple of times at the park and has now pulled passengers for the first time this year after all the work to get her back to working order.
She looks resplendent with her new paint and fittings.

Thank you to all the members of the society who have been involved with this major work.

Special mid term break running

๐Ÿš‚ For the last two days of the SLC school holidays this weekend we will now run locomotives and trains on both days ๐Ÿš‚ ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Saturday commencing running by 11:00am to 16:30 and on Sunday 12 noon to 16:30. Definitely the last train rides for 2021! come along and see your favourite locomotives either on the track or on show. ๐Ÿ˜

The ‘Wee Train’ wishes to thank everyone for their support during a very challenging year for the railway ๐Ÿฅฐ 2022 will be 73 years in the park!!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Open Track Weekend at the Wee Trains

๐Ÿš‚ Strathaven Miniature Railway will hold its annual Open Track Weekend over the 9th and 10th of October, another first for this year ๐Ÿฅณ with 2019 being the last time we were able to hold this event. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

The Open Track weekend is when we invite all the other clubs/ societies in Scotland ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ and the North of England ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ to visit our track and bring along a locomotive ๐Ÿš‚ or two ๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿš‚ to run on our tracks. It is also an opportunity for our members to show off what they have been building or renovating (locomotive or rolling stock) over the last year.๐Ÿค“

You can visit the track and stand and look on from the public path, and see the visiting locomotives ๐Ÿ“ท as well as our own engines being run on our home track.

NO PUBLIC RIDES AVAILABLE for this weekend.๐Ÿ˜•

We are planning on running over the October holiday on one or two days weather permitting. โ˜”๏ธโ›…๏ธ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿป
Look out for an update early next week


๐Ÿš‚ Strathaven Miniature Railway ๐Ÿš‚
๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿป๐Ÿง’๐Ÿผ JUNIOR SECTION ๐Ÿง’๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿป

Due to Covid restrictions and the lack of volunteers, we were unable to start our new Junior section for the railway in the last year ๐Ÿ˜•
Butโ€ฆโ€ฆ now we are planning to run this from Easter to the September weekend next year (2022) ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป on a Tuesday evening from 18.30-19.30 for 6, 7, 8, years of age and 19.30- 20.30 for 9, 10, 11 years of age. Unless two siblings from one family cover both age groups, we would probably have both in the younger child’s section, unless the parent is happy to bring one for one session and the other to the second and accompany both.
As a taster session, we are going to run a trial, during the October school week, on Tuesday the 12th of October with two sessions for each age group. The first will be from 11.00 to 12.00 and the second session would be at 13.30 to 14.30 weather permitting โ›…๏ธ
If this is something that your child / children would be interested in, can you please contact the secretary on the following email address – strathavenminiaturerailway@gmail.com
He will then send out more details about these two sessions.
This will be strictly limited to 6 children per age group per session and split into 2 groups (6 x aged 6, 7, 8 and 6 x aged 9, 10, 11) in the morning with the same for the afternoon session.
After the trial session we would hope that the participants would then be interested in coming back in 2022 to learn about the locomotives ๐Ÿš‚ and how to drive and look after them ๐Ÿ”ง

Kind regards IAN (secretary)

Last chance at the OK Wee Trains Corral

๐Ÿš‚ Last official running days for 2021 with this weekend’s three day extravaganza! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
Running on Saturday, Sunday and Monday it is hoped if the weather is favourable ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป 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 ๐Ÿ”ง workshop fitting many new parts along with the new boiler, she has been repainted and is looking splendid ๐Ÿ˜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’ ?

๐Ÿ˜ Artianne has completed the stunning mural ๐Ÿ–ผ on our station building.
It definitely captures everything thatโ€™s fab about our wee area of the park and, of course, oor wee train ๐Ÿš‚
Hopefully it gives you something more to smile about when you visit ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ Scotlandโ€™s oldest miniature railway ๐Ÿš‚
Iโ€™m seeing a selfie ops everywhere โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿคณ๐Ÿš‚๐ŸŽจ

Links to Artianneโ€™s page and website

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


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 !

๐Ÿš‚ 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 ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Badges depicting Margaret, Eva, Abberton, Strathaven Castle and the new Class 67 will be on sale priced ยฃ1.00 for two badges
See images below.
We are hoping that the weather ๐ŸŒž will be kind to us over the weekend and we look forward to seeing you all ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป at the park and having a ride on the “Wee Train” ๐Ÿš‚
If we have enough volunteers it is hoped to have Margaret in steam ๐Ÿ’จ hauling passengers over one or two of these days.

๐Ÿคž๐ŸปWho is your favourite Loco ๐Ÿค”?
I guess ours will always be Margaret ๐Ÿ˜

Come On Eva !


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.