A FORMER Wee County Railway Station has been recreated with miniature models to help transport people through the decades.
The miniature model advances in an exhibition at the Dollar Museum, thanks to the efforts of enthusiasts.
With a working locomotive for demonstration, the exhibit features Dollar station and its line to the nearby coal mine.
Passionate about model making, Mick Rice, a retired Mercedes design engineer, lovingly created the model station, its associated buildings as well as the burn-out and branch line to the coal mine over the past few months.
Supporting the work was a superb collection of artefacts from railroad enthusiast Peter Wilson, who had taken over 700 photographs illustrating all aspects of the line.
Many of them are also on display with a working locomotive and cars, which can be demonstrated on tours.
Leslie Barker of the museum told Advertiser: “Mick is a retired design engineer and has dedicated a lot of time to the project.
“He recreated the station master’s house, waiting room, and freight / engineer’s yard exactly as they were, the elements burnt out and the branch line runs past the chicken farm that was on the site where Lovers Loan is currently located. ”
Locomotives first arrived at Dollar in 1869 as part of the Devon Valley Railway, connecting the Rover Clyde to the River Tay by joining the Stirling and Dunfermline line with the Fife and Kinross Railway.
The line, which also supplied coal to the Kincardine power station, was closed to passengers in 1964 – a year after the Queen used it on her visit.
In 1973, the line was dismantled and today serves as a popular walking and cycling route.
In addition to the hundreds of photographs, Peter Wilson has collected several other interesting objects over the decades, including a token that train drivers needed to authorize use of the single track.
This was put back into the signal box as it passed through.
Peter also provided for the exhibition the last ticket issued to a passenger in 1964, which included permission to take a bicycle.
There is also a photo of the Queen’s visit as she leaves the station in 1963.
The exhibition has already evoked memories for some city dwellers who visited.
Leslie added: “A man who worked at the mine recalled that the train was actually delivering coal to the mine to keep the mine’s engines running.
“Dollar’s coal was apparently inferior in quality but good enough to run the Kincardine power station.
“A retired teacher from [Dollar] The Academy remembered being responsible for the flowers at the time of the Queen’s visit. ”
The Dollar Museum is open to visitors from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays.
It is also open from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sundays with the current Covid-19 restrictions in place.