Plans for a land train that will take tourists and locals around the town look set to come to fruition within the next couple of weeks.
Stonehaven Tourism Group have come up with the scheme, which will be carried out on a 12-week trial basis, to encourage more people into the town. A land train has been hired, funded by local businesses, but the group intend to purchase a train for Stonehaven if the trial is a success. The train will be parked at a new parking bay just off the Market Square, which the council have agreed to on a 16 week trial period.
Michelle Ward from Stonehaven Tourism Group said: “We have hired a train on a trial basis, and if the people of Stonehaven like it, we have a view to making it more permanent, running from April to October each year. The train will operate from 11am, with runs leaving on the hour and taking about 40 minutes. The last train will be at 6pm, with late night trains on Friday and Saturday nights.”
The venture will provide employment for three part-time drivers. The route will see the train leave the Market Square to travel up the Greenden Road to Dunnottar Castle, where there will be a pick-up and drop-off point. It will head back into the town via the Bervie Braes stopping for a photo opportunity, and down to the harbour, where it will pick up or drop off. The train will then travel along Allardice Street to the outdoor pool and Cowie, before heading back to the parking bay