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Maud Railway Museum opens its doors to the public

By David Porter

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The museum looks back at the working life of the station and yard
The museum looks back at the working life of the station and yard

Two years since it was last open, Maud Railway Museum opens for two weekends this month following various upgrades to take into account current post-Covid circumstances.

The “work crew” of the Museum have been busy repainting the Station buildings to British Railways’ colours of the 1950s and a new paved pathway has been laid for easier access.

New signage has been created and will be installed gradually.

The old railway refreshment rooms have been leased from Aberdeenshire Council and will house a display on the” Stations of the Formartine and Buchan line” and it will also be used as a space to view historic video footage of the local railways.

A grant has been received from Aberdeenshire Council’s Buchan Area Initiative Fund for the purchase of two van bodies from a local farm.

Maud Station as it was
Maud Station as it was

These will be used to extend the scope of the museum, showing the relationship of the railway to the agricultural community of North East Scotland.

The Peterhead Prison Railway carriage and a former Royal Navy Explosives wagon remain on display.

The most recent donation to the museum is a railway wagon turntable at one time used at the former Consolidated Pneumatic Factory in Fraserburgh and it can be viewed in its (very) dismantled state!

A new display on the RNAS Lenabo Airship Base is installed ready for re-opening.

This was reached by a short branch line from Longside near Peterhead and only lasted for six years.

Opening hours will be 10.30am to 4pm on Saturday, October 16 and Sunday 17 and also from Thursday 21 to Sunday 24inclusive.

To comply with current regulations Facemasks must be worn and visitors will required to comply with social distancing.

All the toilets have been upgraded to the latest specification following an award from Museums Scotland and completed by Thistle Windows and Plumbing.

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