Industrial Revolutions, Directed by Stu Thomson
The utterly brilliant Danny Macaskill made Industrial Revolutions at nearby Waterside, home of the Scottish Industrial Railway Centre. Click here to view the video. The Centre is open for Steam Days on 28 June and every Sunday throughout July and August.
Apart from experiencing a journey in the brake car pulled by the steam train there’s a museum, shop and café. Only recently the group, all volunteers, have acquired more land and track. In the future they will be offering a 5 mile train journey towards Minnivey in a restored carriage.
The volunteers who run the show are a friendly and knowledgeable lot making a visit here a real pleasure. Even if you’re not into trains the history of this unique industrial heritage site is fascinating. Near the entrance is a large slag heap – complete with preservation order – but not before half of it was removed and used in the making of Ayr’s bypass!
Just over the hill from Straiton is the Scottish Industrial Railway Centre at Dunaskin, Waterside. They’re getting fired up for the season and on Sunday 5th and Monday 6th April they will be welcoming visitors along to the first of their Steam Days.
Run entirely by volunteers, Steam Days are a fun family day out, and offer a great opportunity for visitors to experience a ‘living museum’ where industrial steam and diesel locomotives can be seen working in an authentic setting.
Enjoy a Brake Van ride on a short section of the Dalmellington Iron Company’s main line, view the locomotives, visit the model railway and check out the photographic archives. Opening times are 11am – 4.30pm (last admission 4pm). Adults £5, children under 16 £3, under 3 Free, Family (2 adults, 3 children) £13.
They also have a shop, café and free parking for your convenience.
More information can be found on their website www.scottishindustrialrailwaycentre.org.uk/home
including dates throughout the summer when Steam Days will be held.