Frequently Asked Questions
Got a question about the railway or your visit? See if it has already been answered in our FAQs.
Railway Opening Times
Find out what services the railway has to offer by visiting our What's On page.
Built in 1848, the railway has stood the test of time, thanks in part to the unending support and work carried out by a team of dedicated volunteers - find out more about us.
Eating, Drinking & Gifts
The Whistle Stop Coffee Shop
Our recently renovated cafe at Brechin station will be open daily from 9:30am until 3:45pm, serving a selection of light lunches, home baking and fresh coffee - click here to find out more information.
The Bufferstop Buffet
Our buffet at Bridge of Dun serves a small selection of snacks, sandwiches and drinks, including locally sourced coffee. Please note that The Bufferstop Buffet is only open when the railway is open - visit our What's On page to find out when we are next operating trains.
Visit our Gift Shop at Brechin station. From our own brand railway themed gifts to our large stock of Thomas the Tank Engine merchandise, there are gifts to suit all ages.
Please note that due to limited volunteer availabilities, the buffet outlet at Bridge of Dun & Brechin gift shop may operate on reduced opening times during your visit. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
We have toilets available at both our Brechin and Bridge of Dun stations with baby changing and disabled accessible facilities.
Visitors should be aware that there are no toilets onboard our trains.
Private Hire, Driver Experiences & Group Bookings
Did you know that the railway is also available for private functions and train driver experience courses? Group discounts also available - find out more.
Access to Sheds, Workshops & Track
Please be aware that we DO NOT allow any public access to our storage sheds, workshops or onto the track/lineside under any circumstances. All visitors must remain on the platforms and other specified public access areas at all times. Any person(s) found to be in breaching these rules will be removed from the site.
All daytime train services have a wheelchair friendly disabled access saloon with ramped access. Please speak to the train guard to use this facility. Please contact us before your visit if you have any queries.
BRECHIN STATION: Access to the station is via the Park Road car parking using the yellow gates onto the platform. If this gate is locked, please speak with station or train staff to have it opened.
BRIDGE OF DUN STATION: Access to the main platform from car park.
TOILETS: Male and female disabled toilets are available at Brechin station. A unisex disabled toilet is available at Bridge of Dun station.
We are a dog friendly railway. Your four legged friends are welcome during our daytime services. However, please be aware that we unfortunately cannot allow dogs onto our evening services. Contact us for more information.
Dogs must be kept on a lead and under control at all times. On our trains, dogs must not sit on seats/tables and must be kept on the floor. Any mess created must be cleaned up by the owner.
Car parking is available at both of our stations. Please note that the main car park at Brechin station is not available during Day Out With Thomas events due to the fairground attractions.
Smoking & Vaping
Please be aware that the Caledonian Railway does not permit smoking or vaping on any of its train services or within any of its buildings.