All aboard for Maud railway open days

The first of four Open Weekends will be held at Maud Railway Museum this weekend.

Thereafter the popular museum will be open to the public on the second weekends of August, September and October.

Located in the former Maud Station in the centre of the village, the museum is this year being supported by the Buchan Development Partnership, in conjunction with a recently constituted “Friends of Maud Railway Museum”.

At a recent meeting at Maud, Nigel Sawford of Whitehills was appointed chairman of this new group which hopes to attract support to maintain this museum, one of a number of local museums which Aberdeenshire Council no longer wishes to operate.

July marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Formartine and Buchan Railway, which allowed Aberdonians to easily reach Peterhead for the first time and Buchan’s rich produce of fish, cattle and agricultural products to reach markets in the south. This weekend the Great North of Scotland Railway Association itself is providing a small exhibition of Buchan line memories from its photo archive. This display will supplement the Museum’s own unique collection of railway atefacts and ephemera, including lamps, posters, tickets and even an old GNSR staff uniform. These still belong to Aberdeenshire Council, which has agreed to their display again this year, several of the items having been donated by members of the public specifically for use at Maud.

In previous years a number of ex-railwaymen have visited the display including a few whose careers included time spent at Maud or other stations in the Buchan area.

The Great North of Scotland Railway Association has embarked on a project to digitally record the memories of former railway employees and those who remember the characters formerly associated with the railways of the North-east.

It is hoped that this year more former rail staff will come forward to add to this unique archive.The museum will be open between 12 noon and 4pm on the Saturdays and Sundays of each of the special open weekends.