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Historic Aberdeen railway turntable removed as part of steam plan

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Media captionRailway turntable removed in steam heritage plan

An Aberdeen railway turntable which is more than 100 years old has been removed for refurbishment in the hope of attracting more steam trains.

The steel structure was lifted out of place and will now be cleaned and repaired. It will allow steam trains to turn for return journeys.

The Ferryhill Railway Heritage Trust is carrying out the restoration.

Chairman Jon Tyler told BBC Scotland: "We want to get tourists coming to Aberdeen by steam train."

He said the project had been planned since 2008 and the plan was to open the site up as a railway heritage centre.

Image copyright Ian Lord
Image caption The turntable had not been used for many years
Image copyright Ian Lord
Image caption The turntable was driven away from Aberdeen

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