Ribbon cut on latest museum attraction

Cllr Lenny Pirie, Eilidh Whiteford MP and Cllr Jim Ingram with Nigel Sawford of the Maud Railway Museum
Cllr Lenny Pirie, Eilidh Whiteford MP and Cllr Jim Ingram with Nigel Sawford of the Maud Railway Museum

Banff & Buchan MP Eilidh Whiteford officially unveiled the latest attraction at Maud Railway Museum on Saturday.

A 1915 railway carriage which once transported convicts from Peterhead Prison to work in Stirlinghill Quarry has been restored with the assistance of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant and is now on display.

Eilidh Whiteford MP said: “Heritage tourism is growing tremendously in popularity and it’s exactly this kind of historical exhibit which attracts people into the area who then spend money locally.

“The volunteers at Maud Railway Museum have all done a tremendous job in getting us to where we are today and deserve congratulations.

“However, I know that they will not rest on their laurels and have further plans in the pipeline which I’m looking forward to seeing coming to fruition.”

Central Buchan councillor Jim Ingram said: “Maud Railway Museum is a tremendous asset to Central Buchan and I’m delighted to see this particular project reach fruition as I know it has been a long hard road for the volunteers to get to this stage today. They are to be congratulated on their efforts.”

Local councillor Lenny Pirie added: “It was fantastic to see the prison carriage restored to its original condition.

“It’s a real eye-opener into times gone by and the museum does a really great job of preserving our local railway heritage.

“It was a really short-sighted decision to rip-up the railway tracks in the first place and I hope that one day in the not too distant future we’ll see rails from Dyce northwards connecting Buchan once again.”