Caledonian Railway

Caledonian Railway Volunteer run steam & diesel trains along Brechin's historic branch line.
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Brief History - The original Caledonian Railway company was formed in the early 19th Century and was major Scottish railway company for nearly a century (1830's to 1923). Before the Caledonian Railway company was formed, Scotland and England's early railways were not connected. Before 1849, when the Caledonian Railway open its mainline, the quickest way to travel from Glasgow to London was to catch a train from Glasgow to Greenock, then travel between Greenock and Liverpool by ship and then from Liverpool to London by train. When the Caledonian mainline was opened in 1849 the journey time from Glasgow to London was slashed to only 12.5 hours. In 1923, the Caledonian Railway company was absorbed into the London, Midland and Scottish (LMS) Railway by the Railways Act of 1921. This Act was passed to reduce the losses being made by the 120 seperate railway companies operating in the country. After 1921, there were four large companies; LMS, GWR, LNER and SR. After the second world war, the battle scarred LMS along with the other 3 large railway companies were nationalised by the Transport Act of 1947 and became part of British Railways. British Railways (British Rail from 1965) operated the vast majority of rail transport in Great Britain from 1948 to 1997. During this period, the type of locomotive hauling trains gradually changed from steam to diesel. Steam hauled trains were eliminated in 1968 in favour of diesel and electric. During the 1960's, the "Beeching Cuts" or "Beeching Axe" was inforced to close 30% of all route miles and 55% of all stations with the objective of reducing the large amounts of debt built up by BR due to competition to move freight by road. This meant that the vast majority of small branch lines were to close. The Brechin to Montrose branch line was closed to passengers in the early 1950's but remained open to freight traffic until 1981 when it was preserved by Caledonian Railway (Brechin) Ltd. In the early days of preservation, shuttle trains operated from Brechin only to just outside the station limits. In 1993, the railway received a Light Railway Order (LRO) which allowed trains to operated the full four mile line to Bridge of Dun.

One of our volunteers is spending their downtime digitising our archive of photographs of the railway during the early d...
29/03/2020

One of our volunteers is spending their downtime digitising our archive of photographs of the railway during the early days of preservation.

Interested in finding out more? Follow the Brechin Railway Preservation Society to be kept up to date

We had hoped to be posting an update from our Sunday P-Way team today, however with the current travel restrictions, work on our current relay has been put on hold.

To make up for this, here are a few P-Way photos from the past. We believe all photos are from March 1987.

Covid-19 UpdateFollowing on from the post last week on the cancellation of our Easter Eggspress on 11th & 12th April, Th...
23/03/2020

Covid-19 Update

Following on from the post last week on the cancellation of our Easter Eggspress on 11th & 12th April, The Caledonian Railway would like to advise all volunteers, supporters and potential visitors that their health and well-being is at the forefront of our operations.

Based on Government advice, we are currently closed to minimise the risk to personnel as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.

At present, we anticipate that this closure of the railway and The Whistle Stop will last for several more weeks. We are continually monitoring the situation, taking on board advice from the Government and other regulatory/advisory bodies. We will review this position again in the weeks to come and publish further updates then.

During this time, we ask that all visitors please stay away from the railway and practice social distancing in a bid to slow the spread of Coronavirus.

Please continue to keep up-to-date with the railway during this time through our social media outlets. As part of the downtime, one of our volunteers has made a start digitising our archive of videos and photographs from days gone by. Interested in finding out more? Follow the Brechin Railway Preservation Society for updates over the coming weeks.

The railway may be closed but The Whistle Stop is still open for business #supportlocal
20/03/2020

The railway may be closed but The Whistle Stop is still open for business #supportlocal

Steam and Diesel services running throughout the summer. See our website for more details and to book www.caledonianrail...
19/03/2020

Steam and Diesel services running throughout the summer. See our website for more details and to book www.caledonianrailway.com

Caledonian Railway
19/03/2020

Caledonian Railway

In the interests of public health and the well-being of our volunteers, Caledonian Railway regret to inform our visitors...
16/03/2020

In the interests of public health and the well-being of our volunteers, Caledonian Railway regret to inform our visitors that all Easter trains planned for 11th & 12th April have been cancelled due to the global outbreak of coronavirus.

Refunds for those who have already purchased tickets will be processed over the coming days.

We are closely monitoring the evolving situation and following guidelines from the Government. At present, all other planned future services will go ahead as scheduled. Updates will be issued on our website and social media outlets if this situation changes.

Well done to Wendy & Lorraine at the Whistle Stop!
09/03/2020

Well done to Wendy & Lorraine at the Whistle Stop!

Delighted to be a finalist at the food and drink awards 2020

Have you ever wanted to drive a steam train? Or know someone who does? Then why not book a Steam Driver Experience this ...
06/03/2020

Have you ever wanted to drive a steam train? Or know someone who does? Then why not book a Steam Driver Experience this summer at the Caledonian Railway!

Experience the sights and smells of a steam train by spending the day with us learning the ropes and see behind the scenes with this rare glimpse into the life of a train driver.

We still have spaces for our courses this summer. Send us a PM or visit https://caledonianrailway.com/private-hire-experiences to find out more information and to book today!

06/03/2020
The Gin Bothy

We are super excited to announce that The Gin Bothy's gin tasting train will be back again for two dates this summer!

Tickets are on sale through our website. Book now as these events sell out fast! https://caledonianrailway.com/events/12

All aboard the sloe train! This Saturday we take to the rails for another gin tasting event in conjunction with Caledonian Railways.

This sell-out event is a very special experience. Guests travel through the Angus Countryside on board a heritage diesel hauled train whilst sampling a selection of our premium spirits.

Although these times are booked up, sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know about future dates! https://mailchi.mp/ginbothy.co.uk/subscribe

Well behaved pooches are always welcome
05/03/2020

Well behaved pooches are always welcome

Feeling hungry? You're spoilt for choice with dog-friendly places to go in Angus and Dundee! The Whistle Stop in Brechin at the Caledonian Railway offers a warm welcome and a choice of delicious home-baking, soups, sandwiches, quiche and hot rolls as well as breakfast on Saturday and Sunday morning - a perfect start to a day of adventure!

#DogFriendlyAngusAndDundee #DogFriendly #VisitAngus #VisitScotland #CaledonianRailway #DogFriendlyCafe #Brechin #Cake

Great work by our volunteers!
02/03/2020

Great work by our volunteers!

Permanent Way

Our Volunteers have been continuing with our latest track relay over the past few weeks, and today saw the first train running over it during a ballast drop. Work will continue levelling off the ballast and fettling the track ready for its first passenger services over Easter.

You only have until midnight tomorrow to claim this offer!SAVE 10% at the checkout when you use the discount code 'EASTE...
28/02/2020

You only have until midnight tomorrow to claim this offer!

SAVE 10% at the checkout when you use the discount code 'EASTER20'. Get your tickets now at https://caledonianrailway.com/events/2

Great work by our volunteers!
19/02/2020

Great work by our volunteers!

Permanent Way

Our volunteer track gang have been working hard the last few Sundays on this year's track refurbishment.

Both ends of the 1000ft stretch of track have now been rejoined onto the rest of the branch line. The next job to do is level the track and drop over 350 tonnes of ballast to hold it all in place!

πŸ“· K. Bisset

Caledonian Railway
16/02/2020

Caledonian Railway

Early bird discount!

Tickets for our Easter Eggspress on 11th & 12th April are now on sale. Book your family's place today and SAVE 10% when you use the discount code 'EASTER20' at the checkout.

To book your tickets and for more information, please see our website at https://caledonianrailway.com/events/2

Early bird discount!Tickets for our Easter Eggspress on 11th & 12th April are now on sale. Book your family's place toda...
09/02/2020

Early bird discount!

Tickets for our Easter Eggspress on 11th & 12th April are now on sale. Book your family's place today and SAVE 10% when you use the discount code 'EASTER20' at the checkout.

To book your tickets and for more information, please see our website at https://caledonianrailway.com/events/2

#throwbackthursday to summer 2002 when we had a visitor from the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway. Here we see Caledonian Railw...
23/01/2020

#throwbackthursday to summer 2002 when we had a visitor from the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway. Here we see Caledonian Railway No. 419 powering through Magdalen cutting.

πŸ“· Ian Lothian

Caledonian Railway's cover photo
18/01/2020

Caledonian Railway's cover photo

Caledonian Railway
18/01/2020

Caledonian Railway

Caledonian Railway Diesel Group
11/01/2020

Caledonian Railway Diesel Group

We're very grateful to Mr Duncan McIntosh of Duncan McIntosh Trailers, Brechin, for the generous donation of a 15' Lang 8B2 lathe which will be a big boost to the scope of machining we can do in house. Thanks also to Geddes Group of Swirlburn for the transport. It's a lot bigger than our current Colchester!

Duncan's website can be found at - http://www.duncanmcintosh.co.uk/

Brechin Railway Preservation Society
09/01/2020

Brechin Railway Preservation Society

Trackwork progress

A few members of the volunteer P-Way team have been out this week working on this season's track renovation work.

All of the replacement sleepers have now been laid down ready for the team to make a start on reinstating the rails this coming weekend.

πŸ“· K. Bisset

08/01/2020
The Whistle Stop

The Whistle Stop

PART TIME STAFF REQUIRED for our busy coffee shop.
A cheerful, friendly, highly motivated, hardworking, reliable, individual with experience.
You will be required to work weekends and week days on a rota basis.
Hours will vary between 8.30am -4.00pm.
Please hand C.V. into The Whistle Stop, Coffee Shop.

Some of our volunteers were out today making a start on this season's track work
29/12/2019

Some of our volunteers were out today making a start on this season's track work

Our P-Way team were out today working off those extra Christmas calories, lifting over 1000ft of our running line. Over the coming weeks, our team of volunteers will level off the track bed and begin relaying the track with new materials.

πŸ“· K. Bisset

From all of the volunteers at the Caledonian Railway, we would like to wish our visitors a very Merry Christmas and a Ha...
25/12/2019

From all of the volunteers at the Caledonian Railway, we would like to wish our visitors a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year πŸŽ…πŸŽ„β˜ƒοΈ

12/12/2019
Visit Angus

Would you like to win a family pass to one of our 2020 running days? Simply LIKE and SHARE this post to enter. Hurry, as you only have until 7pm tonight to enter!

Take a ride on the Caledonian Railway in Brechin. LIKE and SHARE for your chance to win a family pass to visit on one of the railway's regular opening days. A winner will be chosen at 7pm tonight. Good luck!

#ChristmasCountdown #visitangus

Advent image - (c) Marlyn McInnes

We're down to our last few tickets for this Saturday's Santa Specials! We only have 14 private compartments and 5 bays l...
11/12/2019

We're down to our last few tickets for this Saturday's Santa Specials! We only have 14 private compartments and 5 bays left. All of our other dates and times have sold out.

These last few spaces are expected to fill up very quickly so book your seats today through our website - https://caledonianrailway.com/events/10

Our remaining Santa Special dates are almost completely sold out! We only have a limited number of tickets left for this...
10/12/2019

Our remaining Santa Special dates are almost completely sold out!

We only have a limited number of tickets left for this Saturday - these are available to purchase through our website at https://caledonianrailway.com/events/10

For our customers visiting from Aberdeen today, please be aware that there has been an accident southbound on the A90 ju...
08/12/2019

For our customers visiting from Aberdeen today, please be aware that there has been an accident southbound on the A90 just north of Stonehaven.

Crash just happened a92 southbound just before muchalls bend.
Emergency services on scene.
Traffic at a standstill.

Santa's steam train is all ready for tomorrow! All tickets for this weekend have sold out but there are still spaces ava...
07/12/2019

Santa's steam train is all ready for tomorrow!

All tickets for this weekend have sold out but there are still spaces available for some of our remaining dates - book now by visiting our website at https://caledonianrailway.com/events/10

With our Santa Specials starting this weekend, here are a few Top Tips for visiting us this December:- All Santa Special...
05/12/2019

With our Santa Specials starting this weekend, here are a few Top Tips for visiting us this December:

- All Santa Special trains depart from Brechin station - our postcode is DD9 7AF.
- Please arrive on time, allowing plenty of travel time for inclement weather conditions and for parking your car. Trains are available to board up to 10 minutes before your scheduled departure time. Do not be late as the trains will not wait for you!
- Parking is available in our Brechin yard car park and Park Road car park. If you are using on-street parking, please consider other road users and Brechin's residents when leaving your vehicle.
- Please be careful when walking around the site - wintery weather conditions can cause surfaces to become slippery.
- Please have your tickets either on a smart device or printed to show the ticket collector on board the train. If you do not have a copy of your tickets, please visit the ticket office when you arrive.
- There are no toilets available on board the train. Toilets are available at Brechin and Bridge of Dun stations.

All information on our Santa Specials can be found on our website at https://caledonianrailway.com/events/10

Santa's steam train journey's at the Caledonian Railway start THIS WEEKEND and run every weekend up until Christmas!We h...
03/12/2019

Santa's steam train journey's at the Caledonian Railway start THIS WEEKEND and run every weekend up until Christmas!

We have limited spaces remaining - get your tickets today to avoid missing out!

Book now - https://caledonianrailway.com/events/10

One week to go until Santa arrives and many of our trains have completely SOLD OUT, with a number of other times with ve...
01/12/2019

One week to go until Santa arrives and many of our trains have completely SOLD OUT, with a number of other times with very few seats remaining!

Tickets for the remaining times are still available online and can be purchased through our website at https://caledonianrailway.com/events/10

Over 80% of the tickets for our Santa Specials have now sold! We still have limited availabilities on some of our trains...
29/11/2019

Over 80% of the tickets for our Santa Specials have now sold!

We still have limited availabilities on some of our trains this December. Quick, book now and avoid missing out - https://caledonianrailway.com/events/10

Last chance!
28/11/2019

Last chance!

Best of luck!

SANTA TICKETS UPDATEOnly 11 days to go until our first #santasteamtrain and more times have now SOLD OUT, with limited a...
27/11/2019

SANTA TICKETS UPDATE

Only 11 days to go until our first #santasteamtrain and more times have now SOLD OUT, with limited availabilities on a number of other times.

We expect spaces on all of our other times to sell quickly - BOOK NOW to avoid missing out! https://caledonianrailway.com/events/10

Santa will be here in only 13 days! There are still some tickets available for his special train but they're selling fas...
25/11/2019

Santa will be here in only 13 days!

There are still some tickets available for his special train but they're selling fast so book your family's place today and avoid missing out - https://caledonianrailway.com/events/10

🀞
24/11/2019

🀞

Best of luck!

It's great to see the ladies over at The Whistle Stop mentioned in yesterday's Courier
24/11/2019

It's great to see the ladies over at The Whistle Stop mentioned in yesterday's Courier

A wee mention today in The Courier πŸ˜πŸ€—

Caledonian Railway's cover photo
22/11/2019

Caledonian Railway's cover photo

SANTA TICKETS UPDATEA number of our upcoming Santa trains have now SOLD OUT, with limited availabilities on other times....
22/11/2019

SANTA TICKETS UPDATE

A number of our upcoming Santa trains have now SOLD OUT, with limited availabilities on other times.

Tickets are selling fast so BOOK NOW to avoid missing out! https://caledonianrailway.com/events/10

Best of luck!
18/11/2019

Best of luck!

Have you got your tickets to see Santa?Trains are filling up fast, with the 11am trains on Sunday 8th & 15 December now ...
14/11/2019

Have you got your tickets to see Santa?

Trains are filling up fast, with the 11am trains on Sunday 8th & 15 December now sold out.

Hurry, book your tickets now through our website at www.caledonianrailway.com/events/10 or call the box office on 0333 666 3366.

#flashbackfriday to December 2014 when Salmon the steam engine visit us for our Santa Specials.Salmon was very kindly le...
08/11/2019

#flashbackfriday to December 2014 when Salmon the steam engine visit us for our Santa Specials.

Salmon was very kindly lent to the railway at short notice from the Royal Deeside Railway based at Milton of Crathes Station near Banchory.

Fun fact: During their working lives, Salmon and our big blue steam engine Harlaxton both worked together at Harlaxton Ironstone Quarries before being replaced by diesel locomotives in the 1960's.

Did you know that our Santa trains will be back again this December? Lots of tickets have already sold, with limited availability left on a number of our times.

Hurry, book now through our website at www.caledonianrailway.com/events/10 or call the box office on 0333 666 3366.

Only 4 weeks to go and nearly 50% of our seats have already gone for our Santa Specials - Caledonian Railway happening t...
06/11/2019

Only 4 weeks to go and nearly 50% of our seats have already gone for our Santa Specials - Caledonian Railway happening this December!

Have you got your tickets? Hurry as trains are filling up FAST so book now through our website at www.caledonianrailway.com/events/10 or call the box office on 0333 666 3366.

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The Station, 2 Park Road
Brechin
DD9 7AF

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