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Scottish Industrial Railway Centre

Patna, Ayrshire and Arran, Scotland

Attraction Information

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Suitable for all ages

Venue type: Indoor, Outdoor

Hands up if you love Thomas the Tank Engine! All of you in the yes camp, make your way to the Scottish Industrial Railway Centre: a railway museum in the heart of the Ayrshire countryside.

The team of volunteers are on a mission to preserve the unique history of industrial steam and diesel locomotives - in fact, the centre is a living museum where relics are restored and given new life. Take in a spot trainspotting including the last British engine shed built, the only working fireless locomotive in the country and tonnes of intriguing railway memorabilia. You can even take a ride on a Brake Van and be hauled along by one of their steam locomotives.

Your train-obsessed tykes can explore the history of coal mining, iron smelting and railway transport, or learn while playing with a scaled down model railway. You’ll even pick up some local lingo - want to know what ‘Pugs’ are? Pay them a visit and find out! Then polish your visit off with something tasty at the onsite café.

  • Take a ride on a Brake Van
  • Explore the history of steam and diesel locomotives
  • A living museum with a model railway


  • Restaurant Onsite Restaurant Onsite
  • Snacks Available Snacks Available
  • Picnics Allowed Picnics Allowed
  • Wheelchair Friendly Wheelchair Friendly
  • Toilets Available Toilets Available
  • Baby Changing Available Baby Changing Available
  • Parking Available On-site Parking Available On-site
  • Pushchair Friendly Pushchair Friendly

Getting There and Contact Information


Dunaskin, Dalmellington Road, Waterside, Patna, Ayrshire and Arran, KA6 7JH, Scotland


Click here to visit Scottish Industrial Railway Centre's website
01292 269 260

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Runs on selected dates year round with occasional special events, 11:00 - 16:30: 

Sunday 30th April, Monday 1st May, Sunday 28th May, Monday 29th May, Sunday 25th June, Sunday 2nd July, Sunday 9th July, Sunday 16th July, Monday 17th July, Sunday 23rd July, Sunday 30th July, Sunday 6th August, Sunday 13th August, Sunday 20th August, Sunday 27th August, Sunday 24th September. 


Adults: £6.00

Kids: £4.00

Family (2 adults, 3 kids): £16.00

Under 3's: Free

Last Entry

Last entry is at 16:00.

More Information

Eating information

The cafe is open during steam days, 11:00 - 16:00. 

Pets allowed

Pets are allowed.

Baby food facilities

There are no baby food/milk warming facilities at the attraction.

Parking facilities

There is a free car park available. 


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