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Beloved Aberdeen play train to return to the city after £60k refurb

Mr Therm
Mr Therm

A former working train is on track to be back in place at a city park next week after a £60,000 refurbishment.

Children’s favourite Mr Therm and his carriages – which are used as play equipment at Seaton Park – were dismantled in May and have been undergoing repairs.

They will be painted before being transported back to the granite city on Wednesday, February 15.

The locomotive was used to haul coal from Aberdeen harbour, and with the closure of the former gas plant in the 1970’s was transferred to the council for preservation.

The engine was placed in the play area at Seaton Park in 1974.

The city council’s infrastructure vice-convener Councillor Jean Morrison said: “It’s very exciting that Mr Therm is coming back home to Seaton Park after his £60,000 refurbishment.”

The local authority worked with Friends of Seaton Park on the project.

Chairwoman, Sheila Gordon, said: “I am really looking forward to hearing the happy sounds of children playing on Mr Therm again.”

Chris Bain, external relations director at Aberdeen Harbour Board, which has contributed money to Friends of Seaton Park, said: “The locomotive is a part of the harbour’s history and its preservation is not only for historical reasons, but also for all the fun it affords local children.

“It is exactly the kind of project that our Community Action Fund is designed to support.”

David Ogilvie, managing director of contractor firm David Ogilvie Engineering, which carried out the refurbishment work, said: “Mr Therm was originally built in Kilmarnock by Andrew Barclay & Sons.

“All our staff based in Kilmarnock have taken a great interest and enjoyment in taking part and watching the extensive works come together bit by bit as Mr Therm is a piece of Scottish engineering and railway history.”

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