STEAM trains could be operating in Aberdeen in the future thanks to a generous grant.
The Ferryhill Railway Heritage Trust has been given a grant of almost £300,000 to repair and renovate an old turntable and engine shed.
The £298,158 cash, which has been awarded by Historic Scotland, will be used to help fund the creation of a railway heritage centre.
The long-term aim of the centre is to attract chartered steam trains like The Flying Scotsman back to Aberdeen on a regular basis.
The steel girder locomotive turntable – which is located just off Polmuir Avenue, east of Duthie Park – is one of only three surviving turntables in Scotland. It is classified as a category A listed structure and dates back to 1907.
The project also aims to restore the associated engine shed as a self-sustaining heritage visitor attraction, which would include a small museum and workshop.
Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, said: “This scheme helps to protect and promote, as well as transform and bring back into use, some of Scotland’s most historically and architecturally significant structures and buildings.”