Paisley Rotary donates funds to damaged Barshaw Park trains to help fund repairs

Members of Paisley Rotary Club have donated £500 to help restore the much-loved model trains at Barshaw Park that were set alight by vandals.

The group handed over the cash to the Paisley Society of Model Engineers to help carry out repairs to the trains following the blaze last month.

Members of the model train group told the Express the damage would cost more than £2,500 to repair.

Generous Buddies have now raised £2,264 after the plight of the club left Buddies outraged.

The £500 donation from Paisley Rotary Club will help the Paisley Society of Model Engineers – which is run by volunteers – get the beloved trains up and running again.

One of the trains is almost completely destroyed (Image: Andrew Neil)

Rotary member Frank O’Neill, from Paisley, decided to get in touch with the group as he has fond memories of the Barshaw Park trains over the years.

He said: “I was born and bred in Paisley and when I saw what had happened to the trains I really thought that we should do something to help them.


“The trains have been there a really long time and are enjoyed by so many people.

“So I just thought we should do something to help them out.”

Society member James McDonald, from Paisley, previously told the Express how he and other members were “staggered” at the outpouring of support from the community.

He said: “The response from people has been quite amazing and to see the amount of money that has been raised so far has been overwhelming.

“We have suffered from vandalism before, but this has been the most extensive we have ever experienced.

“It has been so disappointing to see that people would cause such mindless destruction.

“So we were completely staggered when we saw that hundreds of pounds has been raised so far.

“The money will be a great help at a time when we need it the most.

“We really can’t thank people enough. This money will be so helpful and is really going to help us on our way to fixing the damage.”

The total money raised – almost £3,000 – will help to fix some of the damaged engines and the storage shed, which has been a feature of Barshaw Park for more than 40 years.

Daily Record – Paisley