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The Wee Train and Balloons – What’s not to Like ?

🚂STRATHAVEN BALLOON FESTIVAL 2022🚂

The only balloon festival in Scotland 🏴ķ §ķ ĸķ ŗķ Ŗķ ´ķ ŋ will take place over the bank holiday weekend 26th ,27th and 28th of August, see link to their information. https://en-gb.facebook.com/strathavenbf/
www.strathavenballoonfestival.co.uk

The railway will open for extended hours all of this weekend weather permitting –
Friday the 26th 16.00 to 20.00hrs
Saturday the 27th 10.00am till 20.00hrs
Sunday the 28th 10.00am till 20hrs

We hope that the weather will be kind to all festival attendees 🌞 and that it will allow us and the balloons to give rides to the visitors from far and wide 🌎

If anyone takes a ride in a hot air balloon and can take an aerial shot đŸŽĨ of the railway we would very much like to have this to put on our facebook page, website etc. So please, please, post your photos on the FB page.
We have just about finished extending the raised track 😮‍💨 and do not have a new image from above the site ☚ī¸

Thank you to all our many supporters 👏đŸģ and we hope to see you over this festival weekend.

From all your chums at the Wee Train. 👋đŸģ🚂

Strathaven Balloon Festival Parking

There will be NO Festival parking within Strathaven itself and the Festival would ask that drivers do not park on verges and roadsides but use the official parking locations. This helps the flow of traffic and also ensures access for emergency vehicles and public service buses.

Please follow signs along the A71 (from Stonehouse and Darvel), A723 and A726 to the park and ride.

**Car Parking is ÂŖ5 per car payable at the carpark entrance**      
(card or cash)

We Are Running Even More !

🚂 EXTRA RUNNING DAY 🚂

Besides the usual running this Saturday and Sunday, we will have an extra day on Monday the 25th of July. 😁

On all three days running commences ⏰ 11.30 to 16.30 weather permitting. 🤞đŸģ

On view at the track will be our new loco Titan 0-6-0, a replica of the locomotives used at Harland and Wollf shipyard Belfast 😱.
H&W built this type of locomotives to move large steel loads about the shipyard, plus they exported them to Canada for moving heavy loads of timber. đŸ˜ŗ
Hope to see you at the park over the next three days and thank you from all the volunteers at the railway for your support.

Your pals at The Wee Train 🚂

Titan in action with more pals !

Raised Track Extension Nearly Complete

Thank you to all the volunteers working on the raised track , the last section was put in place earlier this month. Some fine adjustments are required and new neoprene pads will be fitted to each pillar top – those just need to be cut to size now.

Thereafter we let track settle and in August fit the bolts to through the bases into the concrete foundations. It is planned to test the track with some of our carriages in August and for locomotive trials by the end of August all going to plan.

Below are pictures of a few of the volunteers who were putting the finishing touches to the track last week.

Even More Fun !

🚂 BONUS RUNNING DAYS in JULY 🚂

Over the next two weeks we will have a few extra running days at the park. 👏đŸģ

Monday the 18th July-Glasgow Fair Monday

Wednesday the 20th of July

Monday the 25th of July

Running on these three days will be from NOON to 16.30 weather permitting. ☀ī¸

Thank you to all who have supported the railway during the first half of our running season.

From all at the Wee Train. 🚂

Follow on from Gala Day

đŸĨŗ Congratulations đŸĨŗ to one of our Junior members winning third place đŸĨ‰ in the Gala Fancy Dress competition at the weekend 👏đŸģ

Sunday June the 20th is Fathers Day and we will be running several of our locomotives over the weekend but definitely a steam locomotive for Sunday, So, boys and girls, 🤔 if you are looking for something special to do with DAD on Sunday how about taking him for a trip on the miniature railway this weekend ?

🚂 From all at the Wee Train 🚂

Wee Trains at Gala Day

🚂🎈GALA DAY Saturday the 11th of June🎈🚂

We hope the sun ☀ī¸ will shine or at least no rain for this special day in the life of Strathaven and the park 🏞.
In different parts of the park there will be all sorts of fun for children and adults alike. đŸĨŗ

We will be running the railway over the weekend and are hoping to start earlier than normal on Saturday 😴
Depending on the weather 🤞đŸģwe could have Margaret our 73 year old locomotive in steam and pulling passengers on the day 😊
We will also have several of our other locomotives running at different times during the day. 👏đŸģ

Hopefully we will see you in the park over the weekend as the trains will be running on Sunday as well 👋đŸģ

From the Wee Train 🚂

Are you Coming to the Party ?

👑🚂 Platinum Jubilee bank holiday 🚂👑

The miniature railway will be open for part of the Jubilee holidays.
We will operate the railway on Friday AND the normal running times on Saturday and Sunday for this special weekend.
Looking forward to seeing you at the park over the extended holiday. 👋đŸģ

Thank you to all our supporters for coming out to the railway over April and May giving us a good start to this year’s running season. 👏đŸģ

From all at the Wee Train..

What a 73rd Birthday Party !

🚂 Thank you to all the visitors over the weekend who helped us celebrate 73 years in the park and Margaret’s 73rd birthday on the 14th of May. đŸĨŗ
On Sunday one of our juniors helped us by blowing the whistle and waving the flag 🚩 for Margaret and Abberton starting the running on the day.
We received a birthday card from the SLC staff at the park and a picture drawn by a young man visiting the railway on Saturday. Please see attached pictures of these and some pictures from the weekend.

If you go to our community section of our facebook page you will find 40 plus pictures of our big day on Saturday taken by Les of the Strathaven Echo.

Thank you all from the wee train❤ī¸

73 years young 👏đŸģ🚂

Oh what fun we have !

Guess Who is 73 on Saturday ?

đŸĨŗ🚂 HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARGARET (73 years young) 🚂đŸĨŗ

On Saturday the 14th of May our railway will be 73 years old.👏đŸģ
The first train pulling passengers on the 14th of May 1949 was pulled by Margaret, our 2-6-0 steam locomotive.
All going to plan and the weather being kind to us ☀ī¸ we will replicate this event on Saturday the 14th of May 2022 with Margaret in steam and pulling passengers around our track. đŸĨ°

Our original track in 1949 was just a small oval 150 yards long, fares were 3d for children đŸ‘ļđŸģ and 6d for adults !
Today your journey is almost 1/2 a mile or 750 yards đŸ˜ŗ long and costs only ÂŖ1.00 per passenger.

Come and help us celebrate 🎉 our birthday and have a train ride on Scotland’s Oldest Miniature Railway.

Hope to see you at the weekend
from the Wee Train. 🚂

And there it is – THE GOLDEN TICKET has been won !

đŸĩ🎟 We reached the landmark number of ticket sales earlier today (Saturday 1st May), when we sold our 750,000 ticket since records started on the 14th of May 1949.😱
The lucky person was Roman aged 4 (Birthday tomorrow) – Happy Birthday Roman đŸĨŗ🎂
Roman was accompanied by his older brother Aston (6) and his dad Daniel, as you can see in the pictures below.
Roman will be sent a laminated copy of the GOLD ticket allowing him and his brother or a friend to travel free on the wee train free of charge till our season ends at the September weekend of 2022. 👏đŸģ

Thank you to everyone who supports the Wee Train in this, our 73rd fabulous, year.
Margaret our steam locomotive will be 73 on the 14th of May and will be in steam for this special occasion weather permitting. 🌞🚂