Visitor boost for Alford Transport Museum

Grampian Transport Museum has enjoyed a boost in visitor numbers in 2016.

Grampian Transport Museum has enjoyed a boost in visitor numbers in 2016.

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Visitors to the Grampian Transport Museum at Alford this year are expected to rise to 30,000.

A similar number were drawn to outside events at the popular tourist attraction.

The musuem is winding down its season but is lining up a final push for visitors with events over the October holidays and for Halloween.

Curator Mike Ward said: “The season began in the spring with the opening of a new visitor reception facility that was largely funded by local enthusiasts.

“This significant improvement plus the inclusion of a number of speed machines from Guy Martin the motorcycle racer, author, TV presenter and truck fitter, have driven visitor numbers right up this year.”

Before the museum closes on October 23 there is a chance to enjoy special school holiday activities, quizzes and competitions.

In particular, on Friday, October 21, there is a Halloween Special that includes face painting, balloon modelling and a special appearance from the ‘Critter Keeper’, brining along some of his exotic animals.

The final day, Sunday, October 23. will be marked by steaming of the Birkhall steam engine adjacent to the new frontage.

It and the rest of the museum will then be prepared for winter and the start of the dismantling and replacement of the 2016 exhibition with incoming new exhibits.

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