Caledonian Railway - Caledonian Railway Preservation - B

Caledonian Railway - B

Caledonian Railway Preservation

In 1979, a group of railway enthusiasts set up the Caledonian Railway (Brechin) Ltd in conjunction with the Brechin Railway Preservation Society in a bid to save the branch line.  They were eventually successful and the line along with its two stations were preserved, with the first heritage passenger services being operated within the station limits not long after the departure of BR.

After obtaining a light railway order in 1993, the railway was granted permission to run passenger services along the entire length of the line to Bridge of Dun. After being active for almost 40 years, the Caledonian Railway company in association with the Brechin Railway Preservation Society has gone from strength to strength, restoring and maintaining the line's infrastructure along with the rolling stock and locomotives required to successfully operate the services.

Even after 170 years, the railway line is still going strong thanks to a dedicated team of volunteers. With thousands of visitors a year, the Caledonian Railway has become one of the most visited attractions in the area.

In the summer of 2019, the railway and its volunteers won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. 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 were extremely honoured to have received this award in recognition of the 40 years of dedicated hard work our team have put into running and restoring the railway.

Caledonian Railway Volunteering

Being an entirely volunteer run organisation, the railway would not be where it is today without it's volunteers. They are always on the lookout for enthusiastic individuals to join their team.


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