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Doon Valley Railway

Doon Valley Railway is crowdfunding

raised of £250,000 target by 62 supporters

Weʼre raising £250,000 to Save Doon Valley Railway they MUST purchase and take ownership of buildings critical to their operation

Dunaskin, Waterside, Nr Patna, East Ayrshire, Scotland, KA6 7JH

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Your support for Ayrshire Railway Preservation Group (ARPG) who operate Doon Valley Railway (DVR) located in East Ayrshire, Scotland needs your immediate support and assistance.

It has been announced (February 2023) by the owner of the buildings which Doon Valley Railway lease, that the owner now intend to place the buildings up for sale within the next six months in order to sell them off.

The buildings and areas ARPG face losing are: Ticket Office, Gift Shop, Customer Toilets, Exhibition and Artefacts Room, Volunteer Rest Room, Signal Box Cafe, Museum, Joiners & Metal Shop and the associated grounds surrounding this area.

The sale of these buildings and land will put the ARPG at serious risk due to lack of other storage on site. Many of these areas and buildings are utilised frequently (daily/weekly) by our committed volunteers and during Open Days and other special events by our amazing customers and visitors who support us nationwide.

The Gift Shop, Ticket Office and Signal Box Cafe bring a significant amount of much needed funds and donations in order for ARPG to maintain, preserve and restore the whole site and operation of DVR including its buildings, Permanent Way (Track), locomotives, wagons, coaches and smaller assets, not forgetting our narrow gauge stock.

ARPG are in communications with the owner who has expressed they wish ARPG to purchase and take on ownship of these buildings in order for our brand 'Doon Valley Railway' to continue to grow, so all is not lost but we must receive your help for us to survive!

ARPG offers a wide range of opportuities to those aged 16-80 years. We maybe smaller than most heritage railways but are fully committed to our local and wider community which now stretches the length and width of the UK. We want to continue to preserve, restore and maintain Doon Valley and Scotland's railway heritage for many years to come. We also hold various other railway memorabilia from around the UK which people travel great distance to see and appreciate.

So what does ARPG / Doon Valley Railway need?

ARPG operators of DVR look to raise a total of £250,000 by Monday 31st July 2023 in order to purchase the buildings critical to our operation which are: Gift Shop, Ticket Office, Exhibition and Artifacts Building, Customer Toilets, Volunteer Rest Room, Signal Box Cafe, and associated grounds surrounding these areas.

Failure to raise the required amount for the purchase of the buildings critical to Doon Valley Railway will likely result in an uncertain and limited future. It will effect those current opportunities provided to our volunteers, local and wider community and those that visit for the love of trains, stunning buildings, enthusiasts or for educational reasons such as school visits, all this is at risk of being lost.

We have until Monday 31st July 2023 to raise the required amount. Please please Please donate today and we thank you for your donation and support.

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  • Doon Valley Railway3 months ago
    Doon Valley Railway

    Doon Valley Railway

    3 months ago

    ARPG operators of Doon Valley Railway wish to say a big thank you to the initial response and generous donations received within the last 24 hours on our Just Giving page, in relation to saving and purchasing the historic buildings critical to our operation. We have until 31st July 2023 to raise the required funds but with donations, support, assistance and with all of you sharing our request to Friends, Family, businesses, organisations (big and small) we will save Doon Valley Railway and secure its future for another 50+ years! Thank you 🙏

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Page last updated on: 5/3/2023 20.12



  • Kevin Waddington

    Kevin Waddington

    May 3, 2023

    A little more towards your target!


  • Blane Pebesma

    Blane Pebesma

    Apr 28, 2023


  • Anonymous


    Apr 16, 2023


  • Thomas Hills

    Thomas Hills

    Apr 16, 2023


  • Anonymous


    Apr 12, 2023

  • Frank McArdle

    Frank McArdle

    Apr 11, 2023

  • Margaret Reid

    Margaret Reid

    Apr 11, 2023


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Doon Valley Railway

Doon Valley Railway

Dunaskin, Waterside, Nr Patna, East Ayrshire, Scotland, KA6 7JH

The Doon Valley Railway is operated by Ayrshire Railway Preservation Group. Formed in 1974 to keep steam alive in Ayrshire, our aim, to create a living museum where steam and diesel locomotives can be seen working in Scotland's last authentic industrial railway setting.

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