The Caledonian Railway Brechin is a steam and diesel heritage railway which runs on four miles of standard gauge track between Brechin and Bridge of Dun in Angus, Scotland. This line was originally built in 1848 and became part of the original Caledonian Railway in 1865.
British Railways was still using the Brechin branch line for freight in 1979 but its future was bleak. A group of railway enthusiasts thought the line would make a "classic" preserved railway and set up the Brechin Railway Preservation Society (B.R.P.S.) to retain the line. By that summer we had the first steam locomotive on a siding adjacent to Brechin Station. It was another thirteen years of determination and hard work before the B.R.P.S. achieved its main goal. In 1992, the society's operating company gained a Light Railway Order to run passenger trains between Brechin and Bridge of Dun stations.
Since then, the railway has moved from strength to strength, hosting huge events and receiving many thousands of visitors a year, making it one of the most successful attractions in Angus. All the more amazing when you consider that it is staffed by volunteers.
With your support, we can continue to preserve our heritage for the future.
Your membership card will get you:
Three free return trips on the line a year (excluding special event days).
Three/Four issues of our newsletter "Caley Lines" to keep you informed.
The opportunity to volunteer.
Inclusion at the AGM and any member events (e.g. our very popular Christmas meal).
Volunteers at the B.R.P.S. do the work of helping to run the railway.
Skills: We need your skills. The sheer variety of work at the railway means that in addition to training people up for operational duties like becoming a guard or fireman, we also need people who can help us with: upholstery, joinery, gardening, engineering, catering, administration, cleaning, painting, restoration, public relations, fundraising among many other activities.
Time: You might think that you need loads of free time to volunteer, but any you can spare is appreciated. It may be a one-off day spent with a group clearing the line side of weeds or a day a month helping out in the shop. If you can make a long term commitment then you could join our locomotive department, working your way up to train driver and fulfill that childhood dream.
For the latest timetables, directions, special events and booking please go to the Caledonian's Railway web site, click here
The station building at Bridge of Dun has served us well since the year 2000 but is now showing its age. (The large building on south platform is a private residence, the platform and canopy are however part of the railway). The plan is to build a new station building to a similar size as the original which will consist of waiting room, ticket office, station masters office and staff mess room and kitchen. The building will also house male and female toilets with disabled facilities and baby changing. A fund has been set up and when 50% of the costs have been raised we will apply for funding. Can you help, any donation will be gratefully received. Why not set up a standing order, click here or here for a one off donation.
We have restored the Scammell Scarab motive power unit but the two trailers, flatbed and box, still need to be worked on. The Trailers will need a lot more work done and could take a couple of years or so to complete. As usual money is required and if you can help click here for a standing order or here for a one off donation form.
The final project is at Brechin Station to make improvements to the BRPS workshop and garage. Repairs are required to the building and again any donation would be welcome. Standing Order click here, one off donation click here.