23rd February 2017
Mr Therm is Returned to Seaton Park
Former Working Train is Re-installed in City Park
A former working train was recently re-installed in a city park today after having undergone a £60,000 refurbishment, partly funded by the Aberdeen Harbour Community Action Fund, including a bright new look for its carriages designed by local schoolchildren.
Mr Therm and his carriages, which are stationary and are used as play sculpture, were dismantled last May and have been getting repairs and painted before being installed back into the play area at Seaton Park.
Chris Bain, External Relations Director at Aberdeen Harbour Board which has contributed money to Friends of Seaton Park, said: ““Aberdeen Harbour Board was very pleased to be able to make a contribution towards the refurbishment of Mr Therm through our Community Action Fund. This engine and carriages have such a strong link to the history of Aberdeen Harbour and the city as a whole that it is only right that we look after them and ensure they are available for future generations to enjoy and learn from.
“We are delighted to see Mr Therm back in Seaton Park in all his glory."
Aberdeen City Council also partly funded the project. Aberdeen City Council Regeneration and Housing spokesman Councillor Ross Grant said: “It’s fantastic that Mr Therm is back in his rightful place in Seaton Park – he’s looking amazing after his £60,000 refurbishment.
“He’s been sorely missed by lots of children who love to play on him and imagine they’re on a moving train so we’re looking forward to seeing how excited they all are when he’s all ready to be used again.
“The work that’s been carried out is top-class and the additions for the carriages which were designed by children from the local area are really striking and colourful and will really help with imaginative play.”
Mr Therm was used for transporting coal from Aberdeen Harbour and with the closure of the former gas plant in the 1970s. Mr Therm was transferred to Aberdeen Council for preservation, where the engine was placed in the play area at Seaton Park in 1974.
Friends of Seaton Park Chairwoman Sheila Gordon said: “We’re so excited that Mr Therm is almost completely reconstructed again in the park and looking so good.
“It is fantastic to see all of the pieces of Mr Therm and carriages coming together. It was so interesting to watch the men at work and to see how precise they could be when placing all the pieces – the adults seem more fascinated by this than the youngsters.