Railway Blogs

Balloon Festival 2018

 A HUGE THANK YOU to all the members who participated in running the railway this weekend.

For the weekend we carried 1458 passengers  ( Saturday 1432 Sunday 26) What a difference a day makes the weather on Saturday was one of the best of this summer  while sunday was one of the wettest.  It was estimated that the park had over 10,000 visitors  Trains ran from 09.30 to 19.30

The figure of 1432 would appear to be the biggest total carried on the railway in one day on our track of today. In 1949 the railway carried 1548 passengers in one day. The difference being that the track was just over 100 meters long per ride whereas today one circuit of the track is now 692 meters.

To those who turned out to DAY and were willing to set up and try to run the railway in rather inclement weather thank you ( At 14.00 the organisers cancelled the festival due to weather conditions).

Thank you to Daniel our junior member who assisted with punching tickets all day plus he  distributed over 1000 of our new  leaflets on Saturday to the general public

Successful 2018 season continues

With the introduction of our new engine, Strathaven Castle, and the wonderful weather over the last couple of months, attendance numbers are high already for 2018.  We have been delighted with our season and the income helps to sustain the Strathaven Miniature Railway and allows us to develop our facilities within the Green Flag, award-winning Strathaven Park.

Large donation of Steel enables new track to be laid in Strathaven Park

It has been an ambition for some time to extend the track layout in the park.  We have had this as an objective to mark our s70th anniversary in 2019.

Strathaven miniature railway has now commenced the work to extend the raised track in the middle of our ground track by almost 300 feet.   This has been brought about by an incredible donation of steel.

We had started to price the materials to start work on this project. It was found that the steel required would be in the region of £2,500 / £3,000 plus other materials required. We were surprised and delighted to received a donation of all the steel required to complete the new track.   A big thank you to  a local Strathaven Resident who is a director for Cairnhill Structures in Coatbridge .