Experts keen to get Haddo House train back on track

Model railway experts have answered an appeal for help in restoring the Haddo House train set
Model railway experts have answered an appeal for help in restoring the Haddo House train set

An appeal by managers at Haddo House for help in restoring a historic train set has met with an encouraging response.

The unusual plea was made after the 1940s model, which formerly belonged to David Gordon, Marquis of Aberdeen and Temair, stopped working, leaving staff baffled about how to get it running again.

However, model railway experts have stepped forward in force to offer advice and details about the train set and its components.

Haddo, with its fixtures, furnishings and the train set, was gifted to the National Trust for Scotland in 1978 by the late Marquis, with the train forming part of the house’s display.

The model is seen as drawing attention to the fact that the house was once a family home, with children living and playing there.

But the train has not been working for some time and Haddo managers decided to launch an appeal for advice from model railway experts to enable them to incorporate the attraction into a visitor experience at the house.

Property manager Julie Lorimer said: “We had a huge response to our appeal and we are delighted with all the information that enthusiasts have been able to provide on the train set.

“This will allow our volunteers to have first hand details which they can pass on to visitors to Haddo.”

She added that reparing the train could be a more long-term project and they would have to consider the best method of restoring the set to its former glory.

For more information about the train and display plans contact Julie on 0844 493 2179/jlorimer@nts.org.uk