Strathaven Model Society Ltd operates the miniature railway in Strathaven Park in South Lanarkshire. The miniature railway has used different modes of locomotive power (Steam, Petrol & Electric) with steam still being the most popular. The original locomotive from 1949 has been lovingly rebuilt and maintained and can still be seen on special occasions pulling passengers around the park in Strathaven.
All through last year “The Wee Train”, as it is fondly referred to by locals, has been celebrating its 70 years of steam in the park with great enthusiasm and participation from all round Britain and further afield.
Strathaven Model Society are currently progressing with a project to extend the track with a new 100m loop of raised track. MHB were engaged to carry out the design of the concrete foundations and steel support structures for the extension . The foundations are required to ensure the new raised track extension will withstand all the forces that the new railway line will have exerted on it by the weather and the mini locomotives speeding around with their passengers.
The design work was completed late in 2019 with the construction works due to be carried out in the summer of 2020. Watch this space for further progress reports as well as the Railway Blog on the Strathaven Miniature Railway website.
We are pleased to have helped out such a great attraction for enthusiasts and families alike. Other companies involved in the project are Cairnhill Structures, Coatbridge, who donated all the steelwork for the support structures and Scottish Galvanisers, Glasgow who provided the protective coatings to ensure the steelwork survives anything that the Scottish weather can throw at it.
MHB Services included:
- Establishing forces and loadings, foundation design and specifications, including anchorage details
- Design checks on steel column section
- Design Risk Assessment