Visitors to Grampian Transport Museum this coming Sunday, 6th October, are in for a real treat with free rides on a wonderful variety of steam powered  transport and a minature train between 1-3pm. Curator Mike Ward, often seen piloting the museum’s own Sentinel steam wagon, is naturally a great enthusiast of the day “We all love our steam days at Alford,  it is so much part of our history and this Sunday we will be offering all visitors to the museum the chance to enjoy the sounds, smells and experience of steam powered transport.

“On arrival our Birkhall stationery engine will be steamed up and demonstrated by one of our volunteer steam experts. It is an ideal way to fully appreciate exactly how a steam engine works before enjoying your rides.

“As well as our very own Sentinel, which is the oldest working Sentinel steam wagon in the world, there will be the unique opportunity of rides on two Stanley steam cars – a very rare occurrence which we are delighted to host. There will also be a full-sized steam roller giving footplate rides and some miniature steam traction engines adding to the wonderful atmosphere.

“Of great interest to families we will also have one of the longest portable 7 ¼ inch gauge miniature railways in the country set up and giving rides between the museum and the collection Centre. On Sunday it will be powered by one of its diesel locomotives but there will also be miniature steam locos on display.

“It is getting towards the end of or 2019 season and we close at the end of the month so this is a great opportunity of our visitors to enjoy all wonders of our exhibitions along with a journey down memory lane to the era of steam. The rides will be taking place between 1-3pm, weather permitting of course, and they are free to all museum visitors and will be popular so we recommend arriving in good time!”