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Committee provides update on Alford Valley Community Railway


By Kyle Ritchie

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Plans to get the Alford narrow-gauge railway back into operation are further down the track.

A group was set up to spearhead the project which has been renamed Alford Valley Community Railway (AVCR).

The committee has applied to become a Community Benefit Society.

The group is looking to get the Alford narrow-gauge railway back in operation.
The group is looking to get the Alford narrow-gauge railway back in operation.

This will ensure all money received will be invested back into the project, rather than being a business.

The group said in its latest update on social media: "This will ensure we are a long-term, sustainable entity.

"We have been in discussions with Aberdeenshire Council and Grampian Transport Museum to determine the most appropriate way for the AVCR to obtain the land on which the railway is situated and operates.

"Discussions have been successful thus far, and we are in the process of obtaining an asset transfer through long term lease of the said land and assets so we can begin restoring the railway to its former glory.

"At this point we would like to say a big thank you to Alison Kennedy, who has been a driving force behind this project as secretary.

"Due to personal reasons, Alison has decided to step down from the committee and we would like to thank her for all her hard work during her tenure, and to wish her all the best for the future.

"As Alison has stepped down, we are now looking for another person for the role within the AVCR committee."

Anyone who is interested in volunteering for the post can contact the group by emailing alfordrailwayproject@outlook.com

The railway was a popular attraction in the community, running from the train station to Haughton Park.

The train ceased operation in 2017 and issues with the track meant it was closed in 2018.

The group added: "As we progress, we will continue to update the community through our Facebook page and will be looking for volunteers to assist with this project in any capacity they are able to do so."

People interested in volunteering can contact the committee by email or through the railway's Facebook page

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