Popular land train gets new carriage

The land train with its new carriage
The land train with its new carriage

The popular Stonehaven Land Train had the arrival of its new carriage, just in time for the start of their Easter service.

The land train becomes operational this coming Friday, March 25, with both carriages being named thanks to local pupils.

Stonehaven Town Partnership (STP), who run the land train took the delivery on Tuesday of the new carriage with some help from Brickfield Motors.

Pupils have named after a competition among local schools, with winners receiving a certificate this week.

The land train on Facebook posted: “The land trains carriages will be called “Carron” and “Cowie”. They have been named by Shona Coull from Arduthie Primary School and Austin Jackson and David Tucker from Carronhill School.

“The winners will get a ride on the land train for their classes and will have their names put on the carriages. Well done Shona, Austin and David.”

The new carriage will enable more passengers to use the Land Train, which had to turn passengers away in previous years due to space constraints.

The funding for the additonal carriage came from the Coastal Communities Fund which has also allowed STP to purchase a PA system for both carriages so all passengers can hear the storyteller on the Land Train’s trip around Stonehaven.

Since it began operating the train has taken over 8600 passengers.

Almost 60% of the passengers have come from outwith Aberdeenshire with some coming from Russia, Japan and New Zealand.

Those interested in becoming storytellers or advertising on the land train should contact projects@stpweb.org.