Caledonian Railway Diesel Group

Caledonian Railway Diesel Group We restore, maintain and operate a collection of historic Scottish diesel locomotives at the Caledonian Railway in Brechin, Scotland.
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Operating as usual

21/09/2020
Caledonian Railway

Great for the railway to be in the news! Featuring our gorgeous D5314😍

In the news!

Although the railway is closed to the public, the volunteers are still working away in the background. Last week, the railway featured on STV News showcasing the volunteer refresher weekend and the lengths we are going to to ensure that the railway is in a good and safe position to be able to reopen when the time comes.

05/09/2020

Today the sound of a Sulzer 6LDA returned to Strathmore. Volunteer refresher trains were operating. We hope to welcome everyone back as soon as it’s safe and practical to do so.
Here is D5314 running around its train at Bridge of Dun

May bank holiday 2009. 37097 & D5314 coast past the “water tank” before climbing through the steepest part of the line. ...
26/08/2020

May bank holiday 2009. 37097 & D5314 coast past the “water tank” before climbing through the steepest part of the line. This would make a nice pairing in the future 😍
Photo J.McEwen

Caledonian Railway Diesel Group
12/08/2020

Caledonian Railway Diesel Group

We're all shocked and saddened to hear of the incident near Stonehaven today. Our thoughts are with everyone involved, t...
12/08/2020

We're all shocked and saddened to hear of the incident near Stonehaven today. Our thoughts are with everyone involved, their families and their colleagues in the railway family. We have huge respect for the emergency services who are doing their job in very difficult circumstances today.

Caledonian Railway
05/08/2020

Caledonian Railway

We regret to inform our visitors, volunteers and supporters that the railway will remain closed for the rest of our planned summer operating season. With recent spikes in Covid-19 cases, it is not safe for the railway to reopen to the public at this time.

Caledonian Railway apologises for any inconvenience caused by this decision, however, the health and wellbeing of our visitors and volunteers is our top priority. Customers that have purchased tickets for the remaining services will be contacted in due course and refunds issued.

During this time of extended closure, we again ask that all members of the public please stay away from railway property. This includes walking along the railway line - it is not safe and you could be fined for trespassing. Please stay off the railway tracks!

COVID-19 UPDATE With the Caledonian Railway now confirming the cancelling of all services up to and including the 30th o...
14/07/2020

COVID-19 UPDATE

With the Caledonian Railway now confirming the cancelling of all services up to and including the 30th of August we can confirm that there will be no diesel services until that date. Unfortunately this also includes our Diesel Running weekend on the 8/9th of August. Although expected it is still disappointing for us as we really enjoy running these events for the public. Trust us we miss them as much as you!

We also must reiterate that although the site is closed for the public, vital engineering trains may still be running at any time to reassure we can return to service as smoothly as possible. Please DO NOT TRESPASS on the railway. The site is covered by CCTV.

Stay safe everyone
Team CRDG

Little throwback26014 at Hillside not far from Kinnaber Jcn in 1986, just under 10 years later a few of which it spent s...
14/06/2020

Little throwback
26014 at Hillside not far from Kinnaber Jcn in 1986, just under 10 years later a few of which it spent stored it was back only around 4 miles from this shot at a very empty looking Bridge of Dun in 1995. Repainted in green and Pre-TOPS numbering D5314 is seen after arriving on its first public run in preservation.

#volunteersweekWe’d like to take a moment to say THANK YOU to our frankly amazing team of volunteers of all ages who hel...
05/06/2020

#volunteersweek

We’d like to take a moment to say THANK YOU to our frankly amazing team of volunteers of all ages who help to keep our historic fleet of diesels running up Strathmore. No job is too hard for this motley crew!

We’ve been established at the Caledonian Railway since 1992 with our trusty 27024 being the first Mainline locomotive in service by 1994 just two years after it arrived from the Northampton and Lamport railway in a derelict condition! We are proud to be a part of the “Queens Award” winning Caledonian Railway!

If you are interested in helping out in this team after all of this please email Kirsty at [email protected] or send us a message on this page

We have some good things planned for after all of this, but for now please continue to keep away from the railway tracks as trains may continue to run for critical maintenance and engineering purpsoes at any time. Please keep following government advice and we hope everyone is staying safe
Team CRDG

Covid-19 Update from the Caledonian Railway “Further to our last update, the Caledonian Railway regret to advise all vol...
03/06/2020

Covid-19 Update from the Caledonian Railway

“Further to our last update, the Caledonian Railway regret to advise all volunteers, supporters and visitors that the closure of the railway has been extended to Sunday 2nd August. All train services up to and including this date have been cancelled.

We are saddened that we have had to make this decision, however, the health and well being of our visitors and volunteers is our top priority. Customers that have purchased tickets for the affected services will be contacted in due course and refunds issued.

During this time of extended closure, we again ask that all members of the public please continue stay away from the railway. Walking along the railway line is not safe and is trespassing - any offenders found will be reported to the relevant authorities. Our sites are monitored 24/7 with CCTV systems.

We thank you all for your patience during this time. We are continually reviewing the situation and taking steps to ensure we are prepared to reopen when the time comes.

Please continue to keep up-to-date with the railway during this time through our social media outlets and website.”

Trust us we are missing the locos like mad. We’re sure everyone won’t be feeling 100% right now so here’s a picture of one of our volunteers starting his modelling career, he might need some new clothes and a haircut first though...

22/04/2020
37097 first start 2nd attempt

We’re sure that everyone is feeling the withdrawal symptoms as bad as us! Here something to help ease them from 11 years ago in April 2009! 37097’s first start after having a couple of piston swaps and being out of service since 2007.
Would you like us to revive our diesel group YouTube channel again? Let us know ,The volunteers will have some cracking videos to upload to it!
We hope everyone’s keeping safe and following government advice. We’ll see you all soon!

https://youtu.be/1A3o7a-Bl4Q

Having recieved some engine repairs after 37097 failed two years ago, she was finally started for the first time on 4th April 2009.

Too good not to post! Our 2009 Diesel gala and 37097 powering past Kincraig crossing. We can’t wait for this sight again...
03/04/2020

Too good not to post! Our 2009 Diesel gala and 37097 powering past Kincraig crossing. We can’t wait for this sight again...
Photo thanks to Jamie McEwan

#throwbackthursday Back to happier times and our volunteers doing what they do best fixing locomotives and running train...
02/04/2020

#throwbackthursday
Back to happier times and our volunteers doing what they do best fixing locomotives and running trains. All with a big smile on our faces 😄.
Stay safe everyone , we can’t wait to get back to it
Team CRDG

A message to all our followersDuring this very difficult time for everyone we wish everyone all the best , keep in touch...
18/03/2020

A message to all our followers

During this very difficult time for everyone we wish everyone all the best , keep in touch with everyone and urge them to take the government advice. There will always be type 2's in the future! We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates in correlation with the Caledonian Railway in regards to events. Most importantly take care everyone!
Team CRDG

Caledonian Railway
16/03/2020

Caledonian Railway

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.

Let's celebrate our ladies who help all around the  Caledonian Railway #internationalwomensdayAs you can see they get up...
08/03/2020

Let's celebrate our ladies who help all around the Caledonian Railway #internationalwomensday

As you can see they get up to many different jobs.

If anyone is interested in volunteering with us email kirsty on [email protected]

06/03/2020
The Gin Bothy

It’s that time of year again. We are delighted to welcome back The Gin Bothy team and all their wonder local Gins for the Take the Sloe Train event. This will be the third year in a row it has ran and we hope it’s as successful as the last! Tickets for this event sell out fast so grab them while you can, come along and have a lovely local gin while being hauled by the wonderful Sulzer soundtrack. Now doesn’t that sound nice .

https://caledonianrailway.com/events/12

We look forward to seeing you!

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

Weather’s pish the noo eh? Storm Dennis hingin about this weekend as welcome as a fart in a spacesuit, so here’s a remin...
15/02/2020

Weather’s pish the noo eh? Storm Dennis hingin about this weekend as welcome as a fart in a spacesuit, so here’s a reminder of the warm sunny East Coast summer from last year. We’ve already been in touch with bearded tv weirdo Noel Edmonds to get him to use his mystic Cosmic Ordering system to book us even better weather for our diesel running days this year. Taps aff!

**OTHER RAILWAY NEWS**A huge Congratulations to Wendy and Lorraine for being shortlisted for “Independent coffee shop of...
05/02/2020

**OTHER RAILWAY NEWS**
A huge Congratulations to Wendy and Lorraine for being shortlisted for “Independent coffee shop of the year” which has followed from their success since opening The Whistle Stop in September! We can assure you that the Diesel crews are looking forward to the coffees in the summer running already! Also congratulations to our good friends at The Gin Bothy who have been shortlisted for “food and drink visitor destination of the year” We wish everyone all the best!

😱😱look what’s happened today!!
On the short list for independent coffee shop of the year, www.themenufoodanddrinkawards.co.uk😆

#throwbackthursday4th of April 2009 when 37097 was first started again after 2 years of engine work much to the delight ...
23/01/2020

#throwbackthursday
4th of April 2009 when 37097 was first started again after 2 years of engine work much to the delight of the group with fellow D5314 & D5301 to the right
Photo : CRDG

We're very grateful to Mr Duncan McIntosh of Duncan McIntosh Trailers, Brechin, for the generous donation of a 15' Lang ...
11/01/2020

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/

***2020 DIESEL WEEKEND***Happy new year to all our followers and supporters. It’s that time of year again! The dates for...
05/01/2020

***2020 DIESEL WEEKEND***

Happy new year to all our followers and supporters. It’s that time of year again! The dates for our annual diesel weekend are confirmed as the 8th and 9th of August 2020. More to follow . . .

Merry Christmas everyone!!It’s been a very successful year for the group which is ever expanding ! We’d like to thank ev...
25/12/2019

Merry Christmas everyone!!
It’s been a very successful year for the group which is ever expanding ! We’d like to thank everyone who has come out to support the group and the locomotives this year and wish everyone the best for 2020. We hope you are as excited about next year as we are!

Team CRDG

D5370 out at the Dens on a run up the line this morning
07/12/2019

D5370 out at the Dens on a run up the line this morning

D5370 on shed at Bridge of Dun on Saturday Evening. Not long until the Caledonian Railway’s Santa Specials start on the ...
24/11/2019

D5370 on shed at Bridge of Dun on Saturday Evening. Not long until the Caledonian Railway’s Santa Specials start on the 8th of December !

It’s only a month to go until Santa comes to visit the Caledonian Railway’s Santa Specials!! Our locomotives will be out...
08/11/2019

It’s only a month to go until Santa comes to visit the Caledonian Railway’s Santa Specials!! Our locomotives will be out and about over the course of three weekends. We’re all looking forward to it!
Tickets are available at https://caledonianrailway.com/events/10

#throwbackthursdayThrow back to the early nineties at Bridge of Dun with 20056 going through it’s return to running afte...
03/10/2019

#throwbackthursday

Throw back to the early nineties at Bridge of Dun with 20056 going through it’s return to running after being bought for preservation. It would then continue to run at the railway for a few years before leaving to help build the Channel Tunnel! It now resides at Scunthorpe where it was used as a shunter
Photo thanks to Jon Gill

19/09/2019
Visit Angus

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Have you got 24 hours to spare?
Enjoy Angus with friends and family on a great day out riding the steam train at Caledonian Railway, exploring the stunning Monikie Park and meeting the animals at Newton Farm Holidays - http://bit.ly/2zujftP.
#visitangus #taycountry

With the running season over, our locos are still kept busy. D5370 is seen with a p-way train near Arrat UWC.
15/09/2019

With the running season over, our locos are still kept busy. D5370 is seen with a p-way train near Arrat UWC.

We can’t wait !
10/09/2019

We can’t wait !

Toot toot we are blowing our own whistle !!! Finally great news ,The Whistle Stop opens tomorrow at 10am.
A tasty treat for the first customer !!

That’s a Wrap!!Today brings a close to our 2019 operating season and what a way to finish it off with no other than our ...
07/09/2019

That’s a Wrap!!

Today brings a close to our 2019 operating season and what a way to finish it off with no other than our “Take the Sloe Train” event in partnership with The Gin Bothy who supply very tasty local Gin!
We’d like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who supported us throughout the year with us running more services and carrying more passengers than ever before!! As well as gaining valuable additions to our ever expanding team who keep these locos running.
See you all next year!!!
Team CRDG

The Caledonian Railway’s “Take the sloe train” event is back for a second time this year this Saturday. Sample local gin...
03/09/2019

The Caledonian Railway’s “Take the sloe train” event is back for a second time this year this Saturday. Sample local gin supplied by The Gin Bothy on a train hauled by heritage diesel just to add to the atmosphere. We hope to see all you gin lovers soon!

***DIESEL WEEKEND 2019***The volunteers would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported our 2019 diesel wee...
19/08/2019

***DIESEL WEEKEND 2019***

The volunteers would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported our 2019 diesel weekend! We know so many of you traveled long distances to be here and we really appreciate it. Don't stay away too long... and wait until you see what we've got planned for 2020! Cheers 👍

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Could we do better? Please let us know!

Did you know? Our collection of historic mainline diesel locomotives are restored, maintained and operated by volunteers. Want to join the team? Just let us know... [email protected]

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19/08/2019

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Just like to say thanks to everyone at the Caledonian Rly today for a very enjoyable Diesel Saturday with D5370 and great to catch up with so many.
Many thanks to everyone at the Caledonian Railway today for an excellent day out with D5370. Well worth the trip up from Devon and great to see everybody.
Probably my favourite shot of D5314 at Brechin.
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Many thanks to all at the Caledonian Rly for a great day with class 27 diesel D5370. 😀👍
Running day with 27024 D5370 at Bridge of Dun on 15th July.