Grand Tour Of Scotland: Alford #3

Day 5: 15 August 2019 Exploring Alford

Dad and I both needed a bathroom quite urgently, but when we got to Grampian Transport Museum they were still closed. Luckily for us there was public bathrooms a few steps from the museum.

We could not wait for the museum to open so we just took a few photos on the grounds. Will visit them when I move to Scotland someday.

Grampian Transport Museum

It is a transport museum and charitable-based trust located in Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Its exhibits chart the history of transport in the north east of Scotland through dramatic displays, working and climb-aboard vehicle exhibits and video presentations.

The museum was formed after a group of local transport enthusiasts and collectors in the early 1970s sought to develop a local transport museum. In 1978, the group held a public meeting at which, after an offer was made to lease the former goods yard to the north of the former Alford railway station, the Grampian Transport Museum Association was formed. A pilot museum was established in a local factory in 1981, and after the first annual Alford Cavalcade vintage vehicle rally held during July, a combination of local councils offered grants and subsidies to establish a permanent exhibition base. Construction work on the current building was completed in September 1982, and the museum opened in April 1983. An extension was completed in 1998, landscaping and a track added in the early 2000s, and a second building, the Collections Centre, to house larger exhibits in the 2010s. In 2016, the museum completed a new reception extension to improve the frontage of the museum and provide a warm welcome to its visitors.

Drinking Fountain and Cattle Trough
The Birkhall portable steam engine was built in 1942 by Marshall of Gainsborough to an order from the wartime Ministry of Supply.
Police Call Box
Police Call Box

After our visit to Grampian we did some more exploring of Alford on our way to our next stop.

Fountain, 1891. A ponderous pink and grey granite erection in memory of Robert Farquharson of Haughton whose family arms are on the wall of the adjacent (once Station) hotel.
Houghton Arms Hotel, Alford, Scotland
W&R Murray, Alford, Scotland

Thank you very much for taking the time to join me on my travels through Scotland. I hope you enjoyed it just as much as I did.

Till next time, safe travels and keep dreaming.

Have a fabulous day.

Coreen

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