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Railway Museum open day beckons

ITS GREEN FOR GO AS NIGEL SAWFORD CELEBRATES THE LOTTERY GRANT FOR MAUD RAILWAY MUSEUM. (BUCHAN/BROWN)

ITS GREEN FOR GO AS NIGEL SAWFORD CELEBRATES THE LOTTERY GRANT FOR MAUD RAILWAY MUSEUM. (BUCHAN/BROWN)

Maud Railway Museum will host the first of its open events this weekend.

Between 11am and 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday visitors can see the range of artefacts on display at the former Maud Station.

The museum is supported by the Buchan Development Partnership, in conjunction with the Friends of Maud Railway Museum.

The Friends of the Museum are also grateful for support from Aberdeenshire Council towards refreshing and updating displays for 2014.

Progress is being made on renovating a former bothy and lamp store on the platform which will allow additional artefacts to be acquired and displayed in the future. Visitors will be able to view photographs plans and maps of the railways of Buchan, together with the museum’s own unique permanent collection of railway artefacts and ephemera, including lamps, posters, tickets and even old staff uniforms.

The Friends have been succesful in obtaining a grant towards the restoration of a carriage from the Peterhead Harbour of Refuge Railway used to convey convicts from the Prison to and from ‘hard labour’ at Stirlinghill Quarry.

The vehicle is currently with specialist restorers in England but funds are still being sought to complete the renovation.

Admission is free but a small selection of railway books and magazines will be available for sale, or in return for a donation in aid of museum funds.

Thereafter the museum will this year be open on the second weekend of each month until October.

 

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