Plea for volunteer drivers and storytellers to help keep Stonehaven’s land train on track for the season

A call has been made for drivers and storytellers to help run a popular land train in a North-east coastal town.

The Stoney Express has been a runaway success since launching in 2014.

Operator Stonehaven Town Partnership (STP) is set to bring back the tourist attraction at the end of the month.

Now STP is on the lookout for volunteers to get involved in the initiative.

It is expected the train, which runs from the end of March until October, will run daily throughout the Easter holidays around the town visiting popular destinations including Dunnottar Castle and Stonehaven harbour.

Julie Lindeman, STP project development co-ordinator, said: “To run the train, we need drivers and storytellers.

“The storytellers act as conductors and give a guided tour of the sights and attractions on the train trips around Stone-haven – starting from the Market Square in the town centre, to the harbour and the castle and then to the caravan park at Cowie.

“We are currently looking for drivers to complement the dedicated team we already have. If you hold a PSV/PCV licence on a manual gearbox and a Certificate of Professional Competence and are looking for an opportunity to be part of something unique, please get in touch.

“This role would suit a semi-retired driver or someone looking for a part-time role.”

Since adding an additional carriage two years ago, the land train has seen an increase in passengers, with 6,000 taking the Stoney Express last year.

Julie added: “STP is proud to soon be launching our land train for the 2018 season. Not only were the passengers tourists to our area but many local folk too, including nurseries and schools, groups from local care homes and many other organisations from within the local community.

“Already we have bookings for the train from Sweden and local schools for the coming season.

“Thanks to volunteer groups who help keep the train looking good.”