Stoney Land Train now standing needs drivers

STP are looking for drivers and storytellers for the land train

STP are looking for drivers and storytellers for the land train

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Stonehaven Town Partnership (STP) are on the lookout for drivers and storytellers for the popular Stonehaven Land Train.

The land train proved a hit locally and with tourists last year, and STP are now looking to make the service better by adding an additional carriage.

STP are looking for drivers and storytellers for the land train

STP are looking for drivers and storytellers for the land train

The organisation is looking for sponsors who may want to help sponsor the land train and/or donate to a new carriage, which could cost in the region of £25,000.

Isabel Munn, project coordinator for STP, said: “We also need drivers.

‘‘It was difficult to get them last year and we were lucky that one of the drivers was able to do weekdays and we had two others who worked weekends, so that we could keep the train running.

“They have expressed an interest in working on the land train again this year but not as regularly. It would be good if we could find an additional couple of drivers, so that we can cover the season as we would like to start the train running this year over the Easter holidays and then on weekends until the summer holidays, when it will operate at least five days a week.

“We need conductor/storytellers for the safety of the passengers and to tell the story of Stonehaven. I have contacted the conductors who worked on the train last year as many of them were interested in doing so again this year but a larger pool of them would be great.”

Isabel added that those who worked on the popular attraction had a great experience.

She said: “Everyone who worked on the train really enjoyed it. The passengers, who were a mixture of tourists, locals and different community groups, all enjoyed the trips, the drivers and the conductors made the land train a successful attraction in Stonehaven and we would like to make it even better this year, with the addition of a new carriage so we don’t have to turn anyone away.”

The land train was extended into October last year after a successful initial run starting in August.