Rolling out the barrel at Stonehaven station

THE Horizon group at Stonehaven train station with their newly planted barrel.
THE Horizon group at Stonehaven train station with their newly planted barrel.

STONEHAVEN train station has become the latest Scotrail station to ‘adopt a barrel’, a planter in the style of a train to brighten up the northbound platform.

Planters in the style of a train made by Barrel Creations of Ardwell have become a feature at several ScotRail stations recently.

Now the Stonehaven Horizons group has adopted a barrel train which has been placed for it by ScotRail at Stonehaven station.

The local community group, which is made up entirely of volunteers, have painted and planted the barrel train, which joins the planters that it already looks after, supported by Deeside Timberframes.

Allan Cairnduff, of Stonehaven Horizons, said: “We’ve painted the barrel train in the bright blue colour of the Caledonian Railway, which until 1923 served Stonehaven.”

Steve Ewen, ScotRail deputy station team manager at Aberdeen, said: “Barrel trains are set to become a distinctive feature on stations throughout the north-east, as we’ve offered them to adopters at other stations along the lines out of Aberdeen.”

ScotRail’s Adopt a Station scheme aims to put stations at the heart of their communities by encouraging individuals or groups to put forward proposals on uses for vacant accommodation or introduce and maintain floral displays.

It has gone from strength to strength since it was launched in September, 2005.

More than 120 stations now benefit from floral displays maintained by volunteers and supported by ScotRail. Other initiatives range from spectacular murals to second-hand bookshops, cafes, a toy library, heritage centres and community meeting rooms.

At Stonehaven photos provided by Stonehaven Horizons extolling the town’s heritage are on display on both platforms and in the underpass.