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🚊 New ‘Royal’ Arrival 🚊

Hurlin roon the curve

Strathaven Miniature Railway welcomed a new arrival this week – a Class 67 5″ gauge model locomotive. We purchased this fine 2nd hand battery powered, environmentally friendly, locomotive in the colours used for the πŸ‘‘ Royal Train. ‘Royal Sovereign’ and ‘Queen’s Messenger’ are the two locomotives used nationally for hauling the Royal train and we have purchased a model of ‘Royal Sovereign’. πŸ‘πŸ»
We are sure that this new engine will encourage new and existing junior members (aged 9-16 years accompanied by an adult) πŸ‘§πŸ»πŸ§’πŸΌ to come and learn about the railway and learn how to drive, initially, this engine before progressing onto others within our stable πŸš‚
We are all looking forward to next year πŸ‘‹πŸ» and seeing our junior members using this engine on both ground and raised track .
We will be making an announcement in the spring 🌞 for new members to come and join us driving this and other locomotives in the park.
Take care everyone and we’ll be seeing you soon πŸš‚

Some close-ups of the new loco – what a beaut !

Meet the real Royal train driver who indeed drove the real loco
from Carlisle to Glasgow to Edinburgh

The Park and the Wee Train make a 2nd Appearance in Local News

πŸš‚ Thank you to Strathaven Echoes πŸ‘πŸ» for committing a page to cover our short running season in 2020. With all the restrictions in place regarding Covid 19 and with all that the volunteers had to do to make it possible to run it really was a tough 😰 but rewarding year. Congratulations also to Strathaven Park πŸ‘πŸ» who shared the double page feature with us and for winning a GREEN FLAG for the eighth consecutive yea.
Well done to all.
We have now started the many maintenance πŸ”§ tasks required to ensure all our rolling stock and locomotives are ready for next year. This will be a more difficult task than normal with many of our colleagues having to isolate at this time so they cannot assist in sharing the workload as they would usually do. 🀞🏻We hope everyone keeps safe and well.
From all at the Wee Train πŸš‚
Looking forward to seeing you all at EASTER 🐣 next year.

We’re in the National News !

πŸš‚ On Friday 23rd October the BBC online news site shared many pictures and there amingst them all was a treasure – one of our railway from Saturday 17th of October.
It was a picture published of our loco Margaret steaming πŸ’¨ up the back straight with a young boy πŸ‘¦ waiting patiently at the fence in the queue for his turn on the wee train πŸš‚

Photo Credit- Lisa McKerley Douglas
Captioned – Four-year-old George is on track for a nice day out as he waves at the approaching train driver and passengers on the miniature railway as Strathaven Model Society staged the final rides of 2020.

Thank you Lisa for sharing this stunning pic ❀️


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

πŸš‚ 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 πŸš‚
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 ! πŸ‘πŸ»
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 β„οΈπŸ”§
🚨You all remembered to wear a mask and keep a 2m distance while queuing, keeping yourselves, oursleves and others safe 🚨
SEE YOU ALL IN 2021 !!!!


πŸš‚LAST CHANCE πŸš‚ to have a ride on the Strathaven Miniature Railway for 2020.
😱Saturday 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 ⛅️
We would like to thank πŸ‘πŸ» our loyal passengers and also our new friends who have just found us over the last few months. Your support has been greatly appreciated πŸ₯° 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 πŸ€—
We are looking forward to seeing you on Saturday πŸ‘‹πŸ» for one last run before we start the winter ❄️ maintenance and servicing of all our rolling stock. πŸš‚
🚨please remember to wear a mask and keep the 2m distance while queuing🚨

Having fun on Wednesday

An Extra BONUS for the school holidays !

πŸš‚ After a really successful outing on Saturday 10th Oct we felt that 😁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 ⛅️
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.🚨
We would ask all customers to please observe the 2 metre rule πŸ“ and to wear face coverings 😷 while waiting in the queue at the fence🚨
So come along for a ride around our track and THANK YOU πŸ‘πŸ» for supporting the Wee TrainπŸš‚

Look what fun we had on Saturday

The WEE TRAIN is running this Saturday 10th Oct

Some GOOD NEWS in these rather gloomy πŸ₯Ί 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..! πŸ‘πŸ»
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.🚨
We would ask all customers to please observe the 2 metre rule and to wear face coverings 😷 while waiting in the queueing at the fence.
🚨It 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. πŸš‚

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 toΒ 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 β€œWee Train”.Β 

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

It is with great regret thatΒ we have to announce that our miniature railway will not operate this Saturday, 19th of September. Β 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 allΒ atΒ the Wee Train.