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 31⁄2 miles (5.6 km) to Dubton, bringing it up to a total of 71⁄2 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.