A north-east railway museum will host a poignant final open day of the tourist season next weekend.
Monday marks the 50th anniversary of the last train to pass through Maud Station and the volunteers at the local visitor attraction will mark it with a special event next weekend.
Situated on the popular walking route and former train line the Formartine and Buchan Way, the Maud Railway Museum is a window onto an era when steam trains dominated the local countryside.
Local railway historian Keith Jones said: “The museum provides a fascinating insight into the closed railway from Fraserburgh and Peterhead to Maud, Ellon and Dyce, illustrated with artifacts and photos.
“October is a particularly poignant month for those that remember the line as the last scheduled passenger train ran 50 years ago.”
Before next season, Mr Jones and the other museum volunteers hope to work with the local council to update and expand the visitor centre at Maud.
The former Buchan and Formartine line has attracted fresh attention recently with the revelation that Peterhead and Fraserburgh are now further from the national railway network than any other towns.
The new research conducted by railway historians to mark completion of the new Borders Railway – officially opened by The Queen last month – renewed calls for the train line to reinstated to the north-east.
The final open days of 2015 will be held on Saturday October 10 and Sunday October 11. Admission to the museum is free but donations are welcomed.