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Scottish Industrial Railway Centre

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Address: Dalmellington Road | Waterside, Patna, Ayr KA6 7JH, Scotland
Phone Number:
+44 1292 269260
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Scottish Industrial Railway Centre is the only steam railway in south...

The Scottish Industrial Railway Centre is the only steam railway in south west Scotland, and only ten miles from Ayr.

It is a volunteer run visitor attraction in the Doon valley between Patna and Dalmellington.

A limited number of Steam Days are held during the Summer when visitors can take a ride behind one of our industrial steam locomotives, explore the museum and view the miniature railway.

We have a Tea Room, serving teas, coffee, soft drinks, sandwiches and confectionery, and our Shop has many items at pocket money prices to suit our younger visitors.

Please see our website for more details -

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Steaming ahead in Ayrshire

Fun for all ages. Although the train ride is short you can travel as many times as you wish. The museum is informative and the staff ( who are all volunteers) are doing their best... read more

Reviewed 11 September 2016
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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Reviewed 7 October 2016

Great chance to get out in the countryside, get some fresh air and support a great cause! My daughter and I were very lucky to visit this museum when the No. 10 was on its first day out after being brought back to life, and we were even luckier to get to ride on it. Its a very short track... More 

Thank TamaraCampbell
Newton Stewart, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2016

If you're looking for something like the Severn Valley Railway with lots of big steam locomotives and long rides through the countryside, don't bother. This is a small railway manned by enthusiasts with a small steam engine or diesel loco giving short rides. The volunteers are to be commended for keeping this wonderful piece of history alive. Firstly a car... More 

1 Thank David S
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
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Reviewed 11 September 2016

Fun for all ages. Although the train ride is short you can travel as many times as you wish. The museum is informative and the staff ( who are all volunteers) are doing their best to upgrade things when they can. The cafe was good with lovely staff and very competitive prices. It is a bit out of the way... More 

Thank maggie55186534
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

With teenagers and younger children the little ones lived it the teenagers did not. Staff were lovely and the train ride was great and the miniature train and Thomas train was fab but not much else aside from rusty old trains but nice enough place for an hour.

Thank Sally-Marie S
Craigavon, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 25 July 2016

At first glance, this attraction is easy to turn one's nose up at. Small, short train rides, and in the middle of seemingly nowhere. Whilst, admittedly, it's not a day-filler, and as such, I wouldn't recommend going terribly far out of your way only to visit the railway, (Instead wait until you find yourself visiting the Ayr area), it is... More 

Thank myoung99
Stirling, United Kingdom
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27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2014

Visited the Scottish Industrial Railway centre when in the Ayr area, after a long drive, we found the site, it is well sign posted on steaming days. The site is slightly run down, but this is the fault of the derelict ironworks next door. The exhibits are well presented, the staff friendly. The museum good and informative. The train ride... More 

3 Thank robkitchuk
Sligo, Ireland
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 October 2014

Liked the nostalgic feel of going back to the steam trains and the works involved in the running of the coal companies. It is also the scene of the Channel 4 Danny McCaskill video Concrete Circus.

1 Thank Prioncais R
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2014

A nice, if rather basic, industrial museum with the bonus of unlimited steam train rides. The available track is quite short (half a mile?), but with unlimited rides available for the admission price,this is good value. £3 concession , £5 adult, £13 family ticket. Fascinating museum of industrial life and loads of trains in various stages of renovation. A small... More 

2 Thank ZeoM
Tonypandy, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2014 via mobile

First impressions were that it seemed small and a bit like a scrap yard but we gave it a chance. My mother is in a wheel chair and the younger of my 2 sons in a push chair so we thought we may have trouble getting around but it turned out to be absolutely fine. One of the volunteers asked... More 

3 Thank opinion4me
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13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2014

We were searching for cafes to visit and having checked the website, I knew there was one here and often we find that the attraction, for us, is secondary. It is a place for train buffs, lots of engines to see and information on the cafe walls. The people were most helpful, the rain was pouring down, but they still... More 

3 Thank Carol61Brighouse

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