A Visit to Scottish Industrial Heritage Center
I’m a breast cancer survivor. It was back in 2012 that I was diagnosed with breast cancer stage II. By that time I had already retired. Despite the fact that I was not working the battle with cancer was so devastating. I had to undergo a lumpectomy and which was followed by a series of chemotherapy and later radiation. This period was one of my lowest and saddest in life and I believed that I survived because of the support that I got from my family, friends and from the local cancer organization. There support was immense and kept me going during this period.
I owe my life to them all as well as the oncologist and other specialist who helped me endure the pain and kept me going with a promise that all would be well and indeed all was well at the end. After my last check up early in 2014 revealed that I was cancer free, I couldn’t hide my joy. It was a big relief for me and my family. I felt that I owed the each one a lot of gratitude for everything good that happened during my period of sickness to my recovery. This made me seek opportunities where I could volunteer and help the community.
Amazing Steam Locomotive Engines
In the summer of 2014, I decided to take a trip to Ayr. I was looking for an organization or institution where I could volunteer and offer my support as a way of giving back to the society. Burns Monument and Gardens was on my mind, though I had tried to contact them via mail and didn’t receive any response. So I decided to pay them a visit. It was during this short trip that I got to learn about Doon Valley which is revered for its rich heritage of industrial revolution. Since I’ve always been attracted by industrial development, I decided to have a look at the place.
I went to Scottish Industrial Railway Center. The place doesn’t look much exciting, because of the numerous junk over the place, but there is a lot to learn there. After purchasing a ticket, I had the opportunity to take a short ride in one of the steam locomotive. It was my first time to be in a steam engine and I felt a bit excited. The ride was a bit shorter than I anticipated but it was worth my money. After we came back, I joined other visitors as we took a tour to round the place.
There is rich industrial heritage to learn at the place. I admired the exhibits and photo displays which depicted how locomotive worked back in time. I also had a chance to visit their museum where there were various models of railway. I listened carefully as the guide explained the various models and was glad to learn much about the power of the locomotive engine and how they operated.
I then decided to snack at their cafeteria. Afterward, I decided to visit the derelict Dunaskin heritage Center. There wasn’t much to learn here because the place seemed to be abandoned and there was a lot of rusty junk. However, since I was in the company of other visitors, we decided to take a look at the kilns and the brick making machine. Not much could be admired here, and I decided to head back to East Ayrshire where I had booked my motel so that I could continue with my mission the following day of seeking a place to volunteer. Ideal, the visit was quiet educative.