Maud Railway Museum opens this weekend

Maud Railway Museum will once again be open for visitors this weekend - August 13 and 14 - between 12 noon and 4pm.

This month there will also be a display of photos of North east Transport provided by Aberdeen Transport Society and a display of road transport models. There is no admission charge.

Located in the former Maud Station in the centre of the village, the museum is this year being supported by the Buchan Development Partnership, in conjunction with a recently constituted “Friends of Maud Railway Museum”.

At a recent meeting at Maud, Nigel Sawford of Whitehills was appointed chairman of this new group which hopes to attract support to maintain this museum, one of a number of local museums which Aberdeenshire Council no longer wishes to operate.

Dawn Brodie of Buchan Development Partnership said: “We are delighted to be able to help keep this much loved museum open this summer and are grateful for the support of the Great Northern Railway Society which volunteers along with the Friends on opening days.

“On Saturday the Maud Village Trust Cafe will be open and serving refreshments and delicious homebakes so there’s another good reason to put the date in your diary for the weekend!”

July marked the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Formartine and Buchan Railway, which allowed Aberdonians to easily reach Peterhead for the first time and Buchan’s rich produce of fish, cattle and agricultural products to reach markets in the south.

In previous years a number of ex-railwaymen have visited the display including a few whose careers included time spent at Maud or other stations in the Buchan area.

The Great North of Scotland Railway Association has embarked on a project to digitally record the memories of former railway employees and those who remember the characters formerly associated with the railways of the North East.

It is hoped that this year more former rail staff will come forward to add to this unique archive.