restoration projects

As part of the Ayrshire Railway Preservation Group's aim, we are continually seeking to restore and preserve industrial steam and diesel locomotives and rolling stock of the type used throughout the industrial railways of Ayrshire and Scotland.

Have a look below to see some of the projects we are currently working on.

How to get involved

To get involved in any of our restoration projects you'll need to join us as a volunteer.  Click on the tab below for more details on how to join us

current projects

NCB Fife area No. 23


Built by Andrew Barclay in Kilmarnock for the NCB Fife area, No.23 is one of a batch of 6 locomotives ordered by the Fife area in the late 40s early 50s.  We currently have the cab, coal bunkers and saddle tank removed from the loco to allow better access to the boiler and firebox for inspection.

BP Grangemouth No. 7


Built by Andrew Barclay in Kilmarnock for the Phumpherston Oil Company and eventually passing into the ownership of BP at Grangemouth before being preserved by us in 1981.   No.7 is currently in a stripped down state and partially painted with all the removable components already in their final colours awaiting refitting.  Some minor mechanical work is still needed, including a new radiator and lubrication pipework refitted.   We hope to have No.7 back up and running in service sometime in the Summer of 2020.

LMS 20 tonne brake van


A regular sight on lines throughout the UK for many years was the 20 tonne brake van, which came in various designs.   

We moved the van into the yard in October 2019 from it long term spot outside the shop and gave it a going over with the steam cleaner.  Since then it has has some of it's outer cladding removed and the interior stripped out.  We are intending to restore this van using as much of the original parts as possible.   Work will continue throughout the winter and spring and we hope to have it back in service sometime during 2020.