Railway Blogs

EVA returns to the park

Her winter maintenance now completed, Eva returned to the park ready for the new season, Monday 3rd March.  Once there a successful steam test was carried out which completed her winter overhaul.  She was re-attached to her tender and is now ready and waiting for the 28th of March – The first day of this years running (weather permitting).  Here are some pictures of her after all the work had been completed, looking really resplendant in her new paint work, especially noticeable on the black smoke box. 

Ther last picture from before the maintenance and paint job.

 

Before and After

On Monday 24th Feb 2020 we collected our raised track extension steel supports from Scottish Galvanisers Ltd. who have zinc coated all of them to a very high standard. These galvanised components will be bolted to our new concrete bases which will be constructed on site during April / May of this year (weather permitting).  This will then allow us to install the new track to these supports during the summer.  Thank you to Scottish Galvanisers for an excellent job and a quick turnaround of these pieces.  One picture of before work done the rest of the finished supports.  Thank you to railway colleague Jim L for the use of his trailer to transport the supports to (a week before) and back from Scottish galvanisers.

Progress on the Raised Track

On Monday the 17th of February the next pieces of  the jigsaw that is our forthcoming raised track extension took another step forward.  All new track sections have had their final trim before fitting fishplates and checking on how they join together before taking all the sections to the park from the workshop.

51 support pillars were fabricated at the workshop at the end of last year and have been in storage awaiting next move.  On the 17th all the pillars were delivered to our preferred supplier Scottish Galvanisers Ltd. of Kinning Park, Glasgow, who will now zinc coat all the pillars thus making them weatherproof  before their installation in the park.  More photographs will follow once we bring the pillars back from the galvanisers.  The pictures attached show some of the stages of the process.

 

Eva getting us ready to roll in 2020

One of our key steam locomotives, Eva, is in the workshop in Strathaven at present being made ready for her return to the park later this month.

At present several components are stripped down for cleaning and repair.  She will also receive new paint work.  In the photos the areas of the locomotive in the red undercoat will be painted black before returning to the park.  Eva will also have a new steam whistle fitted as her old one was not operating as it should.  She has just passed her hydraulic test (a very important safety check which is performed once every two years) before her annual steam test which will be completed at the workshop in the park.

Our first running day, weather permitting, will be 28th of March 2020.
On that day she will, of course, be joined by all her famous colleagues – Margaret, Strathaven Castle, Abberton – many more locos.
Please put this date your diaries and come and see Eva looking good after all her completed TLC !

All Good News

Large donation of Steel enables work to start on new track.

Strathaven miniature railway has commenced the work to extend the raised track in the middle of our ground track by almost 300 feet.

We had started to price the materials to commence this project when it was found that the cost of the steel required would be in the region of £2,500 / £3,000 plus other materials required.
We were surprised and delighted to receive 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 .

Railway visitors pass 700,000 mark

Since opening in 1949, Strathaven Miniature Railway has welcomed over 720,000 visitors onto its tracks.  This landmark was reached by the end of 2019.

Strathaven Miniature Railway Website News

All of us at the Strathaven Miniature Railway are delighted with our website which has been up and running since early 2018.  We have recently updated the content which now includes considerably more visuals than before.

Donation

We were delighted and surprised to receive an anonymous donation of £500 during the off season near the end of 2019.  The cash was handed over to one of our volunteers in an envelope and will go towards helping keep the railway running in its usual tip top shape.

 

The Wee Train in the “News”

During the month of January 2020 three publications carried articles on our 2019 70th Anniversary year, in which they covered some of the highlights for the running season and our final night run on Guy Fawkes night.
Thank you to the three publications:- “The Railway Magazine”, “Old Glory” and “Heritage Railway” for carrying these stories.
Thank you to Hugh Dougherty who wrote all the articles for each of the publications.
See scan copies of the articles attached.

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 .

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