Railway Blogs

๐Ÿš‚ WHAT A “BLAST” AT THE FINAL CALL FOR PASSENGERS ๐Ÿš‚

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

๐Ÿš‚ 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 ๐Ÿš‚
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 ! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
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 โ„๏ธ๐Ÿ”ง
๐ŸšจYou all remembered to wear a mask and keep a 2m distance while queuing, keeping yourselves, oursleves and others safe ๐Ÿšจ
SEE YOU ALL IN 2021 !!!!

๐Ÿš‚LAST CHANCE ๐Ÿš‚

๐Ÿš‚LAST CHANCE ๐Ÿš‚ to have a ride on the Strathaven Miniature Railway for 2020.
๐Ÿ˜ฑSaturday the 17th of October will be our last operating day for this year and we are planning on running from 11.30 to 16.30 weather permitting โ›…๏ธ
We would like to thank ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป our loyal passengers and also our new friends who have just found us over the last few months. Your support has been greatly appreciated ๐Ÿฅฐ over the last few months, and you have made a big difference to our funds in that we have been able to cover most of our costs for operating the railway.
All the volunteers at the railway wish to thank everyone who has supported us through these difficult times ๐Ÿค—
We are looking forward to seeing you on Saturday ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป for one last run before we start the winter โ„๏ธ maintenance and servicing of all our rolling stock. ๐Ÿš‚
๐Ÿšจplease remember to wear a mask and keep the 2m distance while queuing๐Ÿšจ

Having fun on Wednesday

An Extra BONUS for the school holidays !

๐Ÿš‚ After a really successful outing on Saturday 10th Oct we felt that ๐Ÿ˜we really should be open for train rides on Wednesday the 14th of October !
And so, weather permitting, we will operate the railway on Wednesday from Noon till 16.30 โ›…๏ธ
We hope this extra running day will be of interest for parents looking for somewhere to go during these challenging times especially with many places already closed for the winter.๐Ÿšจ
We would ask all customers to please observe the 2 metre rule ๐Ÿ“ and to wear face coverings ๐Ÿ˜ท while waiting in the queue at the fence๐Ÿšจ
So come along for a ride around our track and THANK YOU ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป for supporting the Wee Train๐Ÿš‚

Look what fun we had on Saturday

The WEE TRAIN is running this Saturday 10th Oct

Some GOOD NEWS in these rather gloomy ๐Ÿฅบ times with Covid19 and all of the related restrictions we are all complying with.
Our miniature railway normally finishes its running season at the end of September each year.
Not this year..! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
We will run, dependent on volunteers, on the next two Saturdays of the school holidays – that’s the 10th and 17th of 0ctober.
We can confirm we already have the volunteers for this Saturday the 10th of October and will commence running from 11.30 am to 16.30 as long as the weather remains favourable.๐Ÿšจ
We would ask all customers to please observe the 2 metre rule and to wear face coverings ๐Ÿ˜ท while waiting in the queueing at the fence.
๐ŸšจIt is hoped to run during the day three different locomotives :- Strathaven Castle, Abberton and Margaret.
So come along for a ride around our track and THANK YOU for supporting the Wee Train. ๐Ÿš‚

Now Scot Gov’s guidelines are clear we are back on

This September weekend we plan to operate the railway on Today (26th) and Monday (28th) weather permitting.
Thank you to ALL the volunteers that have come forward toย operate the railway over the last few weeks.

We would ask all visitors to the railway to please observe the social distancing rules set out by the Scot. Gov. Especially when queueing at the fence please by giving all our visitors the correct amount of space to be safe.

In addition we would ask all visitors to the railway to wear a face covering while queueing,under 5s are exempt. 

Looking forward to seeing you at the park tomorrow please follow the above request and keep everyone safe.

From all the volunteers at the โ€œWee Trainโ€.ย 

Covid 19 puts a Dampener on our fun – No Wee Train on Saturday 19th September

It is with great regret thatย we have to announce that our miniature railway will not operate this Saturday, 19th of September. ย Due to the ongoing Covid 19 rise in cases and the new local restrictions within South Lanarkshire, we have decided for the safety of everyone that this is the best decision to make.

Please keep safe and well and we hope that there will be an easing of restrictions soon, and that we can welcome back all our loyal supporters to the railway.

Thank you for your understanding from allย atย the Wee Train.

Everyone’s having fun on the “Wee Train” in Strathaven

๐Ÿš‚Itโ€™s not only the passengers that are happy to see the “Wee Train” back up and running. How happy do the drivers look, sitting on the locos, ready to run for the day ? They were all set up, raring to go and ready for passengers before 11am last Saturday ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Look out for just the same kind of excitment this Saturday 12th September

Current Curtailed Running

Just to confirm, unfortunately due to the restrictions of Covid19 and the age of many of our volunteers who operateย the railway we have had to curtail the our running to one day per week.

Weather permitting we will run on a Saturday from 12.30 to 16.30  till the end of September as long as we can secure enough volunteers to operate safely and within the Covid 19 restrictions that we have to comply with.

We thank the many people who have come out over the last two Saturdays to support the railway and look forward to seeing more of you on the next Saturdays. 

From all the volunteers at the “Wee Train”

And Away We Go !

The 1st of August proved to be a red letter day for the โ€œWee Trainsโ€ and their adoring public !

After weeks of preparation and training the volunteer team and their PPE went into action, the weather was kind, you turned up in your droves and the day was a grand success.

Everyone being very patient
And both trains had a lovely day out

The splendid people who came to ride on the trains showed great patience with us as, with the social distancing coupled to track and trace documentation, alighting and detraining took much longer than usual.ย  Plus our locomotives were so excited to be running again that they occasionally lost the place (not to say anything about the crew !).

We all really enjoyed the day and look forward to next Saturday (the 8th of August) which will be our next running session (weather dependant).

Thank you all for your unswerving support and see you all again soon.

One of the crew in the very neccessary PPE

“The Preparers” Update

As you know we will be commencing running on Saturday 1st of August 13.00 to 16.30 (weather permittimg) with social distancing and all that is entailed with that.
To comply with Scottish Government legislation we are required to take a family name and either a postal address or telephone contact details for each group of people (even if the group is just one person).
Please be patient with us as gathering this information will slow the boarding process for the Wee Trains and it is likely that we will not be able to take as many passengers as normal.
Also, with social distancing in mind, we will have a donations bucket out instead of selling ticketsย ๐ŸŽซ
Thank you, everyone, for your support through these extraordinary times.
How everything on Saturday works out will determine how we will operate for the rest of 2020.๐Ÿš‚ย ย 
Currently we will only be running on Saturdays – maybe Sunday running will return later in the year.