SCHOOLCHILDREN from Barrhill School took to the rails to go curling in Stranraer recently rather than be driven to the former ferry port thus saving harmful carbon emissions. The trip was arranged by SAYLSA The Community Rail Partnership for Carrick & Wigtownshire who suggested the train in preference to using their own minibus. The children certainly took the healthy option walking the mile from the school up the Barr hill to the station to catch the train to Wigtownshire.
Linda Stuart who accompanied the children said “it was an enjoyable day out and a new experience for one child who had never been on a train before. Richard Carr SAYLSA’s Development Officer came with us and was able to explain to the children various features along the line including how the signalling system operates. We would thoroughly recommend others trying this out”.
SAYLSA are keen to persuade groups to use the railway particularly south of Girvan, which lost over half its passengers following the closure of Stranraer as a ferry port last November.
Peter Jeal SAYLSA chair said, “This is exactly the sort of thing the Partnership is endeavouring to do. We have a good record of delivering on projects and is a reminder to potential funders of the benefits the Partnership can bring”.
SAYLSA want to explore the concept of the mobile classroom and hear from other schools that may be interested in using the railway. Please contact us on 01465 714665.