Summerlee transport Museum, Coatbridge

This is a very impressive transport and industrial heritage museum just outside Glasgow.  EMUs running through Coatbridge pass either side of the large estate occupied by this museum. There are vintage trams running from one end of the site to the other and several completely different exhibits to view. There’s a reconstructed coal mine, a street with all the houses in different decades and some fascinating engineering items. The star railway exhibit is a locally built Garratt loco outside in the rain a long way from it’s working life home in South Africa. This museum has been open for many years and has produced postcards in the past with railway content. Currently, the only postcard available is one of the Garratt. Entry is free and the facilities are very good.

Heatherslaw Light Railway

An interesting 15″ gauge line that is promoted as the most northerly narrow gauge railway in England. I discovered that it is a useful break of journey when travelling the A1 from Newcastle to Edinburgh. Whilst the station building could be termed a “wooden shed” there is also a model railway, and other activities including a stone built restaurant. Just one postcard available from the station that shows a scene en route. Well worth a visit  if you are in the area or travelling through.