The return of Aberdeen’s Mr Therm

FORMER Aberdeen Gas Works Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST Mr Therm (2239/1947) has returned to its home in the Granite City’s Seaton Park Playground.

The move follows cosmetic renovation by David Ogilvie Engineering of Kilmarnock. The colourful ‘Pug’ arrived back in pieces on February 15, and was reassembled in-situ over the next three days.

Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST Mr Therm back in-situ at Aberdeen’s Seaton Park following cosmetic attention, which has included making the cab area hazard-free and the installation of a fire in the firebox (inset). BOTH: JAMES WEST

The loco has received repairs to corroded platework and a full repaint, while ensuring that it remains a safe exhibit for children to play on. Representative connecting rods and motion have been fitted together with a ‘fire’ visible through the firebox door.

Steps provide access to one side of the cab, while a slide provides a means of exit from the other.

For purposes of display Mr Therm is now accompanied by a ‘train’ of children’s play equipment built on the remains of three former gas works wagons and an LMS brakevan. Little of the original wagons survive, however, having received new chassis to replace the original wooden ones.

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