Unusual expert sought

Conservationists at the National Trust for Scotland’s Haddo House at Tarves, are on the look out for some unusual expert help as they prepare for the new visitor season.

Staff are keen to revamp and resurrect a train set believed to date back to the late 1940s which was once owned by David Gordon, the fourth Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair, who gifted Haddo House (and the train set) to the conservation charity in 1978.

Property Manager Julie Lorimer said: “The set has not been working for some time and is in need of some serious expert attention. It is a beautiful piece and we know that David Gordon was very fond of it, reminding us that however grand, Haddo House was a vibrant family home.

“If we can get the railway running smoothly again, we have some exciting plans for incorporating it into the visitor experience here at the house.

“We are looking for experts who can help us restore this beautiful piece to working order and bring another part of Haddo’s history back to life.”

For more information about the set and how you can help, please contact Julie Lorimer on 0844 493 2179/ jlorimer@nts.org.uk.