A politician has got on board with plans to extend Kerr’s Miniature Railway at Arbroath’s waterfront to ensure it has a future.
The railway is the oldest in Scotland and the only one in the world that uses a 10¼ inch gauge.
The attraction opened at West Links Park in 1935.
John Kerr, 22, the third generation of his family to run the venture, fears it could come off the tracks soon and has put plans to extend the railway on hold.
Visitor numbers have halved in the last decade, partly blamed on the relocation of the play park.
Kirstene Hair, Scottish Conservative MP, has backed the planned extension and urged Angus Council to throw its weight behind the proposal.
She has asked chief executive Margo Williamson to make a commitment to the future of Kerr’s but has acknowledged this may need to be a cost-neutral solution.
She said: “Kerr’s is iconic to Arbroath’s waterfront, it would be incredibly disappointing if it was not able to keep going for at least another 80 years.
“There must be some way of securing its long-term future, and I hope the council can assist Kerr’s with extending the track towards the play park to boost visitor numbers.”
A spokesman for Angus Council said the local authority and the Angus Tourism Co-operative stood “ready and willing” to discuss the development of tourism and business opportunities.
He added: “The links has a first-class play area and has benefited from recent investment from partners in leisure facilities, as well as there being proposals for a new hotel and restaurant in the area.”
Welcoming the move, Mr Kerr said: “I have not had any communication from Kirstene Hair but it sounds good.”