NAMES SHORTLISTED FOR STIRLING LAND TRAIN COMPETITION
Six imaginative names have been shortlisted in the bid to come up with a title for Stirling’s popular Land Train.
There were more than 100 entries for the Name the Land Train competition which have been whittled down to a shortlist for a final public vote.
The names to choose from are: The Wallace Wanderer, Mary Train of Scots, Robbie ColTrain, Choo Choo McGoo, Liam the Land Train and The Forth Flyer.
The team at Go Forth Stirling BID, which runs the attraction, want the public to pick their favourite and vote via the following link - www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LTvote_R
There were 121 entries for the children’s competition to find a name which brings the Land Train to life and reflects its connection to Stirling.
They were considered by Go Forth staff, including Project Manager Mags Fenner and Land Train driver Craig O’Brien, and the shortlist of six drawn up.
Ms Fenner said: “We were delighted by the number of entries we had to the competition and the wide range of names youngsters came up with.
“It was hard to narrow it down to six, but we feel these final names represented the different types of entries we had well and any one of them would be amazing for the Land Train’s new name.
“I hope lots of people will have fun voting for the final name and look forward to discovering what name everyone thinks best suits our Land Train.”
The shortlist of proposed names is available online for voting and anyone can take part in the final ballot.
The vote runs until Friday February 21 and the winning name will be announced by the end of the month.
A main prize is on offer for the child whose name is chosen including the chance to attend the Land Train Relaunch and Naming Ceremony and a family fun day out in Stirling.
Meanwhile, further competition prizes include certificates and a family trip on the Land Train for all six youngsters whose names made the final shortlist.
The Land Train will be relaunched with its new name, which will remain in place until at least the end of the summer, at a ceremony to be held during the Easter holidays.
Part of the five-year Go Forth Stirling Business Plan, the Land Train was introduced during Easter 2018 with the aim of operating through the main tourism months and providing a key link between traders and Stirling Castle.
Initially, it ran through the city centre up to the Castle before a new and extended route was launched in summer 2019 taking in the Forthside area and covering more of the city and its attractions.
Passengers can join the Land Train at Forthside Car Park, near the Vue Cinema, or get on board at various stops along the route.
The train travels along Forthside Way towards the city centre with stops at Barnton Street, King Street, St John Street (set down only), the Castle Esplanade, Broad Street and Station Road before heading back to Forthside.
A dedicated Facebook page has been set up for the attraction with information about running times and more.
For details, visit www.facebook.com/GoForthStirlingLandTrain
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