In today’s culture most all playground functions are mass-developed homogeneous affairs. Like other produced items, after you are in the know, you can have entertaining guessing the maker and checking on the label.
This article is prolonged overdue about a nearby perform aspect based in Aberdeen’s Seaton Park. It’s Mr Therm, the Enjoy Prepare. It is 1 of the quirkiest perform equipment items I’ve ever encountered.
Mr Therm (2239/1947) is a ‘pug’ engine -4-0ST built and designed by Andrew Barclay who to begin with specialised in winding engines for collieries and setting up functions. This enterprise was founded close to 1842 in Kilmarnock. It is a minor shunting locomotive that utilized to function at Aberdeen Gas Will work. This was based mostly around Aberdeen Harbour and was a performing internet site amongst 1840 and 1972. At this point, Mr Therm was saved for a number of decades just before becoming smartened up and set on display at Duthie Park. I’m not absolutely sure when it was moved to Seaton Park.
In 2017 it underwent a refurbishment by David Ogilvie Engineering, also a Kilmarnock company that specialises in engage in spot home furnishings, amongst other items and do a incredibly unusual line in litter bins.
In addition to the motor itself are a few of the wagons from the previous fuel works and an LMS brake van. All have been repainted right after the metal corrosion was repaired – but I feel they ended up also severely funked up with the colourful designs on the fencing.
The again space is even more abnormal in that it is not a space for managing about but a seating space with a variety of game titles that can be performed, including an Aberdeen Monopoly board!
The wagons and brake van can be accessed via actions, a climbing board and there 3 or 4 slides as effectively. It is generally a space to operate all over, up through and out of.
Even so, there is one thing about it that reminds me of the carriage the Little one Catcher made use of in the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang movie. Thankfully it is not almost as frightening! Just pleasurable.