Caledonian Railway (Brechin)

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Caledonian Steam Railway (Brechin)
Brechin City railway station.jpg
Locale Brechin, Angus, Scotland.
Coordinates 56°43′53″N 2°39′07″W / 56.7315°N 2.652°W / 56.7315; -2.652Coordinates: 56°43′53″N 2°39′07″W / 56.7315°N 2.652°W / 56.7315; -2.652
Commercial operations
Name Caledonian Railway
Built by Caledonian Railway
Original gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Preserved operations
Owned by Caledonian Steam Railway (Brechin)
Operated by Caledonian Steam Railway (Brechin)
Stations 2
Length 4 miles (6.4 km)
Preserved gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Preservation history
1993 re-opened
Caledonian Railway (Brechin)
Edinburgh to Aberdeen Line
Kinnaber Junction
Edinburgh to Aberdeen Line
Montrose(Aberdeen Railway)
Montrose and Bervie Railway
Broomfield Junction
Broomfield Junction Halt(Aberdeen Railway)
Dubton(Aberdeen Railway)
Bridge of Dun
Aberdeen Railway and
Arbroath and Forfar Railway
Brechin
Forfar and Brechin Railway and
Brechin and Edzell District Railway

The Caledonian Railway (Brechin) Ltd is a private limited company formed by a group of steam railway enthusiasts, the Brechin Railway Preservation Society, with the object of operating a railway service on the former Caledonian Railway line between Brechin and Montrose, Angus, Scotland. This line was closed for passenger traffic during the early 1950s with final closure undertaken by British Rail in 1981.

The line has now been re-instated and preserved for around 4 miles (6.4 km) between Brechin railway station and Bridge of Dun railway station and since 1993 trains have run at weekends during the summer as well as on special occasions at other times of the year. The two railway stations have also been refurbished.

Although the line originally went all the way to Montrose, which is still a station on the main rail network, there are currently no immediate plans to link the Brechin line back into the main rail network, (as the section at Dubton through and onto Kinnaber Junction close to Montrose itself has now been redeveloped, making it difficult for the preserved railway to be reconnected to the national network at all).

However there is still hope of seeing the "CR Brechin" extended a further 3 12 miles (5.6 km) to Dubton, bringing it up to a total of 7 12 miles (12.1 km) in length. This is a long term aim which would only require the re-instatement of a short length of track.

Locomotives[edit]

  • Steam locomotives
    • Peckett 0-4-0 ST 1376 "BAC No1" Static Display (In Percy guise). Built in 1915.
    • Barclay 0-4-0 ST 1863. Operational.
    • Peckett 0-6-0 ST 1889 "Menelaus" Awaiting restoration. Built in 1935.
    • Barclay 0-6-0 ST 2107 "Harlaxton" (In Thomas guise). Under Repair. Built in 1941.
    • Peckett 0-6-0 ST 2153. Awaiting restoration.
    • Bagnall 0-6-0 ST 2749 no 6 Out of use, future plans unknown at Bridge of Dun
    • Bagnall 0-6-0 ST 2759 no 16 Out of use, future plans unknown at Bridge of Dun
    • Ivatt BR 2-6-0 Class 2MT 2-6-0 46464 Built in 1950. Overhaul on private site at Bridge of Dun
  • Diesel locomotives
    • BR 0-6-0 Class 08 no. 08046 Operational
    • BR 0-6-0 Class 11 nos. 12052 Under Overhaul and 12093 Operational
    • BR Bo-Bo Class 25 nos. 25072 Stored Unserviceable and 25083 Br blue. Built in 1963. Stored Unserviceable
    • BR Bo-Bo Class 26 nos. D5301 Operational D5314 Operational and 26035 Br blue. Built in 1959. Stored Unserviceable
    • BR Bo-Bo Class 27 no. 27024 Br blue. Built in 1962. Operational (Visiting the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway)
    • BR Co-Co Class 37 no. 37097 Br blue. Built in 1962. Under Overhaul

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