All aboard the Land Train this weekend...

STP are looking for drivers and storytellers for the land train
STP are looking for drivers and storytellers for the land train

Stonehaven’s Land Train will make its return this Saturday with the organisation behind it still on the lookout for conductors.

The popular attraction is also in line for a new handle as local schools have taken part in a competition to name the land train.

Isabel Munn, STP project dcvelopment co-ordinator, has outlined this year’s land train plans.

She said: “So far, the route is the same as last year. It will start in Market Square, go up to Dunnottar, down to the harbour and along to the Queen Eliazabeth II Caravan Park before it returns to the square.

“We will be fitting the rain covers this year when we receive them from Italy. STP got top up funding for the covers from Aberdeenshire Council to enable us to purchase these.”

Last year the land train missed out on the full season owing to a mistake when registering the vehicle but still proved a hit with families and holidaymakers.

The vehicle arrived in June 2014 but did not make its first journey until August, one week before the end of the school holidays.

It was able to carry on until October, however, and make a comeback at Christmas to pick Santa up from the harbour and take him through the town.

Stonehaven Town Partnership, who are behind the venture, are still on the lookout for more drivers and storytellers to work on the land train for the season.

The sight of the cheerful blue and white train going through the town has largely been met with rave reviews since it’s first journey, with Stonehaven Tourism Group calling it a ‘unqualified hit with residents’ last October.

Leader and Observer reporter, Rachel Campbell, praised the friendly nature of the storytellers and conductors which added to the journey when she took her children on the train.

Isabel said that the storytellers will speak to people from all corners of the globe.

She added: “The story teller/conductor collects fares from the passengers, then tells the “Stonehaven Story” on route. The story is already written and has some of the history of Stonehaven and some stories about the local area.

‘‘The storyteller will interact with people from all over the world as well as local people.

“It will start this Saturday, although there might be a couple of days that it won’t run over the holidays. Dates and times will be on the facebook page and on the STP website, the tourist office and the caravan park.

“We have some drivers and conductors but we could do with some more so we have a pool who we can call on.”

Further information can be found on STP website www.stpweb.org. If you have any queries or would like to help with any of the projects e mail: projects@stpweb.org.