School’s surplus tools put to good use at railway station

Pictured is Kaine Bisset standing beside some of the equipment now installed at the Station site

Pictured is Kaine Bisset standing beside some of the equipment now installed at the Station site

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A special partnership between Brechin High School and the Caledonian Railway has seen the volunteer run attraction receive new tools.

The school has a long standing business partnership with the railway, which has provided opportunities for collaborations and co-operation.

The railway benefited the High School in 2011 when they donated their scale model railway station to pupils.

Since then, members of the school’s Model Railway Club have refurbished the station.

Now with plans progressing for the new community campus, the Brechin secondary school is turning provider for the railway station.

They have kindly donated machine tools, used in their technical department, which have been at the school since 1970.

The tools have now been declared surplus, and the volunteers at the Caledonian Railway expressed an interest in the equipment to support their engineering repair and maintenance tasks.

Not only does the school have strong links with the station, but pupils have given up their free time to help out at the railway.

Kaine Bisset, who is in his third year, is an active and loyal volunteer at the railway centre, and won an award for his commitment in June last year.

He helps organise the ‘Squashed penny Appeal’, which has raised £12,986.26 to date. These funds will be used towards the costs of a boiler overhaul, which is currently under way for the Railway’s largest steam locomotive.