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.

All aboard for a Day Out With Thomas! Thomas the Tank Engine is back in Brechin on 24th & 25th August!Meet Thomas the Ta...
02/08/2019

All aboard for a Day Out With Thomas! Thomas the Tank Engine is back in Brechin on 24th & 25th August!

Meet Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends, who are waiting to meet you at the Caledonian Railway!

Open 9:30am to 4:30pm each day!

A fun filled day for the whole family. Better still. Once you are in, all of the attractions are included in the ticket price!

- Experience train journey behind on a real steam engine
- Shake hands with The Fat Controller
- Take part in Thomas themed activities in the Imagination Station
- Make their day a Day Out With Thomas and book your tickets today!

The entrance price includes all the above and much more including:

- One return train journey behind Thomas the Tank Engine
- Brake van rides
- Miniature railway rides
- Fairground rides

At Brechin Station (this is the main station) you will find a host of fun activities that are completely FREE OF CHARGE**

- Entertainment from Rusty and Dusty - NEW FOR 2019!
- Bouncy Castle
- See Percy
- See Terence the Tractor
- See Diesel & the Troublesome Trucks
- Miniature railway rides
- Thomas stories re-enactments
- Fairground rides
- Imagination Station
- Face Painter
- Thomas Souvenir Shop
- Thomas DVD show
- Scammell Scarab
- Fat Controller's car
** excludes food & drink

Enjoy your day in the peaceful depths of the countyside and enjoy a variety of FREE** activities at Bridge of Dun

- Playpark
- Thomas Viewing area
- Thomas DVD show
- See Co-Co (Diesel loco)
- Classic Bus

The Classic bus visits the House of Dun, Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre and Montrose (High Street and Railway Station).
10:30am to 3:45pm

For more information on this event please visit https://caledonianrailway.com/events/9

Caledonian Railway receives Queen's Award.The volunteers of the Caledonian Railway are extremely proud to have received ...
28/07/2019

Caledonian Railway receives Queen's Award.

The volunteers of the Caledonian Railway are extremely proud to have received the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

Yesterday evening, the Lord Lieutenant of Angus, Georgiana Osborne, attended a ceremony at the railway to present the award to the volunteers.

The Queen's Award is an incredibly prestigious award and is the highest accolade any volunteer organisation can receive, being the volunteer equivalent to an MBE.

We are honoured to accept this award as it recognises all of the hard work the the team have put into the railway over the last 40 years.

Our diesel services will be running again this Saturday!
24/07/2019

Our diesel services will be running again this Saturday!

DIESEL TRAINS RUNNING THIS SATURDAY

Our Diesel Saturday’s are now well underway with more diesel running days than ever this year! This weekend D5314 will be doing the honours with trains running from 10:15 from Bridge of Dun. For more info visit https://caledonianrailway.com/events/4

Our Diesel Saturday and Steam Sunday services are running again this weekend! Trains depart Brechin at 11:00, 12:20, 13:...
19/07/2019

Our Diesel Saturday and Steam Sunday services are running again this weekend! Trains depart Brechin at 11:00, 12:20, 13:40 and 15:00 both days - see our website for more details at www.caledonianrailway.com

#thomasthetankengine has had a really fun weekend with us and can't wait to come back again on 24th & 25th August.Did yo...
14/07/2019

#thomasthetankengine has had a really fun weekend with us and can't wait to come back again on 24th & 25th August.

Did you visit us this weekend? If you did, the volunteers ask that you take a few minutes to write a review on our TripAdvisor and pages @ Caledonian Railway

THOMAS TICKETS UPDATEA number of our Day Out With Thomas trains this weekend have now SOLD OUT. There are a limited numb...
11/07/2019

THOMAS TICKETS UPDATE

A number of our Day Out With Thomas trains this weekend have now SOLD OUT.

There are a limited number of tickets are still available so BOOK NOW to avoid missing out! https://caledonianrailway.com/events/9

Thomas the Tank Engine will be here in 2 DAYS!Tickets are still available to buy online, but be quick as trains are sell...
11/07/2019

Thomas the Tank Engine will be here in 2 DAYS!

Tickets are still available to buy online, but be quick as trains are selling out FAST - the 10:20 on Saturday is now completely SOLD OUT - https://caledonianrailway.com/events/9

Thomas the Tank Engine arrives here at the Caledonian Railway THIS WEEKEND!Some tickets are still available to buy onlin...
08/07/2019

Thomas the Tank Engine arrives here at the Caledonian Railway THIS WEEKEND!

Some tickets are still available to buy online but be quick as once they're gone, they're gone!

Book now - https://caledonianrailway.com/events/9

Caledonian Railway
04/07/2019

Caledonian Railway

All aboard for a Day Out With Thomas! Thomas the Tank Engine is back in Brechin on 13th & 14 July!

Meet Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends, who are waiting to meet you at the Caledonian Railway!

Open 9:30am to 4:30pm each day!

A fun filled day for the whole family. Better still. Once you are in, all of the attractions are included in the ticket price!

- Experience train journey behind on a real steam engine
- Shake hands with The Fat Controller
- Take part in Thomas themed activities in the Imagination Station
- Make their day a Day Out With Thomas and book your tickets today!

The entrance price includes all the above and much more including:

- One return train journey behind Thomas the Tank Engine
- Brake van rides
- Miniature railway rides
- Fairground rides

At Brechin Station (this is the main station) you will find a host of fun activities that are completely FREE OF CHARGE**

- Entertainment from Rusty and Dusty - NEW FOR 2019!
- Bouncy Castle
- See Percy
- See Terence the Tractor
- See Diesel & the Troublesome Trucks
- Miniature railway rides
- Thomas stories re-enactments
- Fairground rides
- Imagination Station
- Face Painter
- Thomas Souvenir Shop
- Thomas DVD show
- Scammell Scarab
- Fat Controller's car
** excludes food & drink

Enjoy your day in the peaceful depths of the countyside and enjoy a variety of FREE** activities at Bridge of Dun

- Playpark
- Thomas Viewing area
- Thomas DVD show
- See Co-Co (Diesel loco)
- Classic Bus

The Classic bus visits the House of Dun, Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre and Montrose (High Street and Railway Station).
10:30am to 3:45pm

For more information on this event please visit https://caledonianrailway.com/events/9

Last chance!
04/07/2019

Last chance!

Good luck everyone!

The FREE Basin Rambler bus service starts this weekend and runs on Sundays throughout July and August!
04/07/2019

The FREE Basin Rambler bus service starts this weekend and runs on Sundays throughout July and August!

Our popular and FREE Basin Rambler starts its summer season this weekend. We'll be running on Sunday between the usual attractions: the Caledonian Railway, House of Dun and Montrose Air Station, linking them all with the railway station at Montrose. Full timetable details are on our website (make a careful note of dates as the timetable differs on certain weekends!)

http://www.angustransportgroup.co.uk/basinrambler/index.html

All aboard for a Day Out With Thomas! Thomas the Tank Engine is back in Brechin on 13th & 14 July!Meet Thomas the Tank E...
02/07/2019

All aboard for a Day Out With Thomas! Thomas the Tank Engine is back in Brechin on 13th & 14 July!

Meet Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends, who are waiting to meet you at the Caledonian Railway!

Open 9:30am to 4:30pm each day!

A fun filled day for the whole family. Better still. Once you are in, all of the attractions are included in the ticket price!

- Experience train journey behind on a real steam engine
- Shake hands with The Fat Controller
- Take part in Thomas themed activities in the Imagination Station
- Make their day a Day Out With Thomas and book your tickets today!

The entrance price includes all the above and much more including:

- One return train journey behind Thomas the Tank Engine
- Brake van rides
- Miniature railway rides
- Fairground rides

At Brechin Station (this is the main station) you will find a host of fun activities that are completely FREE OF CHARGE**

- Entertainment from Rusty and Dusty - NEW FOR 2019!
- Bouncy Castle
- See Percy
- See Terence the Tractor
- See Diesel & the Troublesome Trucks
- Miniature railway rides
- Thomas stories re-enactments
- Fairground rides
- Imagination Station
- Face Painter
- Thomas Souvenir Shop
- Thomas DVD show
- Scammell Scarab
- Fat Controller's car
** excludes food & drink

Enjoy your day in the peaceful depths of the countyside and enjoy a variety of FREE** activities at Bridge of Dun

- Playpark
- Thomas Viewing area
- Thomas DVD show
- See Co-Co (Diesel loco)
- Classic Bus

The Classic bus visits the House of Dun, Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre and Montrose (High Street and Railway Station).
10:30am to 3:45pm

For more information on this event please visit https://caledonianrailway.com/events/9

Only a few days left!
01/07/2019

Only a few days left!

Good luck everyone!

Steam trains running today! Due to our 'Wee' Barclay undergoing some minor repairs, our big blue steam loco 'Harlaxton' ...
30/06/2019

Steam trains running today! Due to our 'Wee' Barclay undergoing some minor repairs, our big blue steam loco 'Harlaxton' will be hauling the trains today!

Brechin departure times are 11:00, 12:15, 13:30 & 15:00. More info and tickets can be found on our website.

Caledonian Railway Diesel Group
29/06/2019

Caledonian Railway Diesel Group

It’s been 20 minutes since we’ve opened and we’re glad to welcome our first potential batch of volunteers!

Great progress!
28/06/2019

Great progress!

The Societies brake coach, Sc 34539, has come out of our coach maintenance shed having been undergoing repairs since the new year. During this time work has been carried out on the doors, door frames, corridor floors and gangways along with a full repaint of the passenger compartment end of the coach. The coach will be back on our weekend services within the next few weeks.

In the meantime our open coach, Sc 4249, has now gone into the shed for repairs and is hoped to be ready for passenger use in the new year. The repairs carried out on our coaches involve a wide range of skills including metalwork, upholstery, woodwork and painting. We are always looking for more volunteers to help out with our coaches, interested in helping out? Drop us a message for more details.

Diesel trains running tomorrow! Come along and meet the team at Bridge of Dun station. Train times and tickets can be pu...
28/06/2019

Diesel trains running tomorrow! Come along and meet the team at Bridge of Dun station. Train times and tickets can be purchased through our website at www.caledonianrailway.com

***TOMORROW***
GET INVOLVED, JOIN OUR TEAM!

Our event is now less than 24 hours away and our volunteers have been working extra hard to get set up for tomorrow.

This is your chance to kick off a rewarding hobby where you can make new friends while learning new skills, or passing on your own experience to others.

Interested ? Pop along for a chat tomorrow from 1030-1600 at Bridge of Dun Station where our team will be ready to meet everyone !

Caledonian Railway
27/06/2019

Caledonian Railway

Good luck everyone!

Meet the Team this Saturday!Looking to get involved with your local, award winning heritage railway? Our diesel group vo...
26/06/2019

Meet the Team this Saturday!

Looking to get involved with your local, award winning heritage railway? Our diesel group volunteers are hosting a meet the team day on Saturday 29th June from 10:30am - 4pm at Bridge of Dun station.

You do not need any specific skills or even previous experience to volunteer with us. If you are keen and willing to learn, we would love to welcome you to the team.

Ahead of our meet the team day, we thought we would post some photos of different things that our volunteers get up to. As you will see, we all get involved with many different jobs!

Some volunteers came with their knowledge of engineering, while others joined with just their interest to get involved.

If you would like to find out more, some of our volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have this Saturday at Bridge of Dun station. We hope to see you there!

This Sunday sees the return of The Big Lunch in St Ninian's Square next to our Brechin station. Come along, share food a...
25/06/2019

This Sunday sees the return of The Big Lunch in St Ninian's Square next to our Brechin station. Come along, share food and have fun!

Good luck everyone!
24/06/2019

Good luck everyone!

Our Diesel Saturday and Steam Sunday services are running again this weekend! Trains depart Brechin at 11:00, 12:20, 13:...
21/06/2019

Our Diesel Saturday and Steam Sunday services are running again this weekend! Trains depart Brechin at 11:00, 12:20, 13:40 and 15:00 both days - see our website for more details at www.caledonianrailway.com

#whatsonangus #visitangus #visitscotland #steamtrainscotland #brechin #scotland #tourisminangus @ Brechin, Angus

There's only a few weeks to go until the world's favourite blue engine will be back here at the Caledonian Railway!Meet ...
20/06/2019

There's only a few weeks to go until the world's favourite blue engine will be back here at the Caledonian Railway!

Meet Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends in Brechin on 13th & 14th July 2019 for a fun day out with the wide selection of rides and activities we have on offer - all included with your ticket!

New for this year, Sodor's two mischievous station cleaners - Rusty & Dusty will be on hand to bring the world of Thomas to life with performances, storytelling and reenactments of classic Thomas storylines.

Tickets for Days Out With Thomas sell out FAST so visit our website to book your family's place TODAY - https://caledonianrailway.com/events/9

Did you miss out on our Whisky Whistler to Fettercairn last weekend? Fear not as it will be back again this Saturday! Ti...
18/06/2019

Did you miss out on our Whisky Whistler to Fettercairn last weekend? Fear not as it will be back again this Saturday! Tickets are still available to buy through our website - https://caledonianrailway.com/events/5

Our summer diesel services start THIS SATURDAY! Come along and experience the recent past by travelling behind one of ou...
13/06/2019

Our summer diesel services start THIS SATURDAY! Come along and experience the recent past by travelling behind one of our heritage mainline diesel locomotives.

Also on this Saturday is our Whisky Whistler experience. More information can be found on our website at www.caledonianrailway.com

#diesellocomotive #angustourism #whatsonangus #visitangus #thingstodoinangus #thingstodoscotland #visitscotland #visitbrechin #heritagerailway #preservedrailway #preserveddiesels

All aboard the Whisky Whistler this weekend! Join us for trains, tours and tastes of Whisky as we bring you a distillery...
11/06/2019

All aboard the Whisky Whistler this weekend! Join us for trains, tours and tastes of Whisky as we bring you a distillery visit with a difference.

Tickets must be booked in advance - hurry as we have limited spaces available for Saturday 15th and 22nd June. See our website for more details and to get tickets today - https://caledonianrailway.com/events/5 @ Fettercairn Distillery

#steamtrains running today! Our 'Wee' Barclay will be out today with trains departing Brechin at 11:00, 12:20, 13:40 and...
09/06/2019

#steamtrains running today! Our 'Wee' Barclay will be out today with trains departing Brechin at 11:00, 12:20, 13:40 and 15:00

#whatsonangus #visitangus #visitscotland #steamtrainscotland #brechin #scotland #tourisminangus

*** GET INVOLVED! ***It's national #volunteersweek - did you know that the railway is run entirely by volunteers?Volunte...
05/06/2019

*** GET INVOLVED! ***

It's national #volunteersweek - did you know that the railway is run entirely by volunteers?

Volunteering at our award winning railway is a great way to:

- Make new friends and be part of a diverse team
- Challenge yourself in a rewarding volunteer environment
- Pass on your knowledge and experience to others
- Learn new skills, which can help towards a career. Just ask any of our team who have gone on to have successful careers as a result of experience gained through volunteering with us.

Did you know? The railway has recently been given The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, which is the highest award given to volunteer groups in the UK – so this is a fantastic time to come onboard!

You do not need any specific skills to volunteer with us. If you’re keen and willing to learn, we’d love to welcome you to the team.

Send us a message to find out more or come along on Saturday 29th June and meet our diesel locomotive volunteers who will be hosting a "Meet the Team" at Bridge of Dun station.

STOP THE PRESS!We are extremely pleased to announce that the Caledonian Railway has received the Queen's Award for Volun...
03/06/2019

STOP THE PRESS!

We are extremely pleased to announce that the Caledonian Railway has received the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups and we are incredibly proud that our work has been recognised.

We are one of 281 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year and are incredibly proud of the hard work our volunteers have put in to the railway over the last 40 years.

This prestigious award will be presented to us by Georgiana Osborne, Lord Lieutenant of Angus later this summer.

#qavs #queensawardforvoluntaryservice #queensaward

One of our volunteers cleaning out our 'Wee' Barclay after a hard day's work. More steam trains again next weekend!
02/06/2019

One of our volunteers cleaning out our 'Wee' Barclay after a hard day's work. More steam trains again next weekend!

All aboard the Whisky Whistler! Train journeys and distillery tours available 15th & 22nd June - advanced booking essent...
30/05/2019

All aboard the Whisky Whistler! Train journeys and distillery tours available 15th & 22nd June - advanced booking essential!

Enjoy a ride behind our heritage diesel hauled train through the picturesque Angus countryside AND a tour around one of Scotland’s oldest malt whisky distilleries.

Tickets and more info are available from our website https://caledonianrailway.com/events/5

#whatsonangus #visitscotland #visitangus #whisky #angustourism #thingstodoinangus #thingstodoscotland #northeastscotland #whiskytrain #whiskytasting #fettercairndistillery #fettercairn

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