Steam enthusiasts visited by Santa

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For steam enthusiasts, Christmas wouldn’t be the same without a journey on the Caledonian Railway’s special Santa train.

In the last journey’s of 2014, the Santa Special trains started and finished at Brechin Station, with a ten-minute stop at Bridge of Dun Station.

The eight mile round trip lasted about one hour and proved a popular festive day out for the whole family, with all passengers receiving a gift and Santa and his elves visiting all children at their seats dispensing presents.

In addition, there was a face painter at Brechin Station providing a free service.

The Caledonian Railway is operated as a tourist attraction by a group of volunteers.

The railway line originally ran between Brechin and Montrose, but was closed to passengers in the 1950s, before the full closure of the line by British Rail in 1981.

The Caledonian Railway, however, re-instated the line for four miles to the Bridge of Dun station.

Bridge of Dun station was also a regular stopping point for the Royal Train en route to Ballater.

The dedicated group maintains steam and diesel engines at the station, and they organise a series of special events throughout the year.

To find out more, please visit the website www.caledonianrailway.com