Caledonian Railway (Brechin)


Caledonian Railway (Brechin)

The Caledonian Steam 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 but final closure did not occur until the early 1980s.

The line has now been re-instated for the four miles (6km) 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 no immediate plans to link the Brechin line back into the main rail network. However this is still seen as a long term aim as it would only require the re-instatement of a short length of track.

Locomotives

*Steam locomotives
**Peckett 0-4-0 ST 1376 "BAC No1" On static display in the engine shed.
**Barclay 0-4-0 ST 1863. In service.
**Peckett 0-6-0 ST 1889 "Menelaus" Undergoing restoration.
**Barclay 0-6-0 ST 2107 "Harlaxton" In regular passenger service.
**BR 2-6-0 Class 2MT 46464. Owned by a separate Company, this engine was built in 1950 at BR's Crewe works to an LMS design by HG Ivatt, and worked for the following 16 years at various locations in North East Scotland, but mostly in the Arbroath area. Withdrawn by BR in 1966, the engine was purchased by Ian Fraser for preservation and subsequently worked on the Strathspey Railway for a spell. 46464 is now owned by the Carmyllie Pilot Company and is under extensive restoration on private site at Bridge of Dun.
**W.G. Bagnall 0-6-0 ST 2897 "Diana". Out of use awaiting overhaul.
**W.G. Bagnall 0-6-0 ST 2749. Out of use awaiting overhaul.
**W.G. Bagnall 0-6-0 ST 2759. Out of use awaiting overhaul.
**Peckett 0-6-0 ST 2153. Undergoing restoration.

*Diesel locomotives
**BR 0-6-0 Class 08 no. D3059
**BR 0-6-0 Class 11 nos. 12052 and 12093
**BR Bo-Bo Class 25 nos. 25072 and 25083
**BR Bo-Bo Class 26 nos. D5314 and 26035
**BR Bo-Bo Class 27 no. 27024
**BR Co-Co Class 37 no. 37097

External links

* [http://www.caledonianrailway.co.uk/ Official website]
* [http://www.crdg.co.uk Caledonian Railway Diesel Group]
*http://www.br46464.co.uk/


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