Putting together a trip around 4 standard gauge preserved railways in Northern and Central Scotland in August 2021 proved to be a test of patience. The only practical way to cover it was by car with a realistic achievement of two a day. The Covid-19 pandemic of 2020/2021 has had a major impact on all heritage railways with the inevitable problem of having to close for some of their operating season. The Caledonian Railway at Brechin were the last to announce reopening for the Summer 2021 season and coincided with our weekend.
On 14 August 2021, after an hour or so drive from the outskirts of Aberdeen we arrived at Bridge of Dun in good time for the first train of the opening day. Advertised as a diesel gala meant at least one or two locos on an out and back. D5314 (26014) was the rostered loco and seen here whilst volunteer staff were preparing operations for the day. To the right is the Caledonian Railway other former BRCW Type 2, class 27 no. D5370 (27024).
Uploaded to Flickr by philstephenrichards on 24 August 2021
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