The Society

The B.R.P.S. was formed in February 1979 by local railway enthusiasts, when the Kinnaber Jcn. - Brechin line was still in use by B.R. for freight traffic. It was felt that the four mile section between Brechin and Bridge of Dun had all the makings of a Classic preserved railway, which, after thirteen years of hard work, proved to be true. The first locomotive arrived in June 1979, building up over the years to no less than five steam locos, ten diesels, fifteen coaches and over sixty wagons. The members of the Society are drawn from all walks of life, tradesmen, public service workers, professionals, ex-BR. employees and privatised railway employees, and, lastly if not least, retired members of society. Indeed the major part of the coach restoration gang are, senior citizens. All working on a voluntary basis for the good of the Caledonian Railway. Being a member does not mean that you have to come down and get your hands dirty, you can support us from home. Most Preservation Societies have only around 10% of their membership involved in running their railway, for ourselves at Brechin we have about 15% [roughly 30 volunteers] involved.

Membership of the B.R.P.S. entitles the holder to:

  • Three free journeys per year, on normal services on the Caledonian Railway on production of a valid Membership card. This concession does not apply on any Special Event services.
  • You will also receive our Newsletter “Caley Lines” by email.
  • The Society also organises an annual Christmas party, which has proved very popular..

During the past few years the Society’s funds have been used to:

  • Re-roof the main store building at Brechin.
  • Restore the Society’s BSK coach.
  • Paint and restore the 1951 Scammell Scarab.
  • Buy engine parts for “Dewar Highlander”
  • Generally maintain Bridge of Dun station.
  • Raise funds for the new station building at Bridge of Dun.
  • Replace the frontage/door to the Society's garage/workshop.

Further to our announcement on August 5th, we regret to inform our visitors, volunteers and supporters that the railway will remain closed for the rest of the year and will not reopen at Christmas for our Santa trains.

Cancelling our December services has been a very difficult decision for us to make. Christmas is one of our most popular services but we feel that, after much consideration, it would not be possible to safely operate and provide the best possible customer experience with current social restrictions in place. Our Santa Specials are built around close interaction with Santa which can not be achieved safely at the present time.

In the meantime, we again ask that all members of the public please stay away from railway property. This includes walking along the railway line – with winter drawing in, this brings additional risks to you and you can be fined up to £1000 for trespassing. Please stay off the railway tracks!



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