All Aboard the Stoney Express

By Jane Cruickshank / February 22, 2023
Stonehaven land train at harbour

SCOTLAND’S only working land train will be back in action in Stonehaven this summer offering visitors and locals alike the opportunity for a ride behind the cheery blue and white engine.

Nicknamed the Stoney Express, the popular attraction is owned by the Stonehaven Town Partnership, STP. It has been housed in Brechin since it had to move out of its yard at Spurryhillock three years ago – but it has not been going dusty. A team of Angus enthusiasts have maintained both the engine and the fun factor it offers with Polar Express trips and Thomas the Tank days.

Now, thanks to the efforts of Cllr Alan Turner and the generosity of local businessman Brian Davies, who has offered space for a siding at his Kincardineshire Manufacturing Services premises, the Stoney Express will be back on track in Stonehaven in July.

An STP spokesperson said: ”The support from KMS means we can get the wee train back in Stoney and back tottling around our streets this summer. 

”Our thanks to Cllr Alan Turner for all his time (and patience) trying to secure suitable storage for the Stonehaven Land Train, we really could not have done this without his help.”

Cllr Turner said: “Since its introduction the land train has been a great attraction for Stonehaven. It has been sorely missed over the last few years. I am proud to be part of the team bringing our land train back home and getting it operating again this summer.”

Mr Brian Davies of KMS added: ”It’s fantastic having the land train back this summer. It has been greatly missed over the last three years.

”We’re looking forward to seeing it out and about in our beautiful town.”

Back in business so drivers and conductors needed

STP operate the Stoney Express as an asset for the whole community to enjoy. The three passenger cars and Italian engine will have timetabled trips between Cowie and Dunnottar Castle and will be available for private hire. And to maximise its value to residents of all ages, it will be offered to the town’s nurseries and care homes for uplifting outings.

STP is looking for people to staff the train – these are paid positions.  Any bus driver with valid CPC and PVC certification who would have an interest driving part time and anyone interested in being a conductor/guide (age 16 and over) please contact julie@stpweb.org in the first instance. 

A thank you for looking after the train

The STP spokesdman added: ”We must thank Martin Anderson of Stonehaven & District Roundtable and Hydrus Group in Brechin – his continued support over the past few years has been invaluable.

”And thanks to all the members of the Brechin Caledonian Railway who have kept the train serviced and running.

”We are also grateful to Angus Council and Police Scotland in Brechin who’s advice, guidance and patience has been much appreciated.”