Fire at Caledonian Railway

A restored 1940s LMS brakevan was set on fire

A restored 1940s LMS brakevan was set on fire

Police Scotland is appealing for information after a fire at Caledonian Railway, Park Road, Brechin.

The incident took place yesterday evening (Wednesday, April 6), between 10.45 and 11pm, and the carriage of a train was damaged.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.

A post on the Caledonian Railway’s Facebook page - which has been shared over 430 times in the space of three hours - has seen over 170 messages from people offering their support and sympathy following the incident.

The post revealed an estimated five-figure sum of damage. The post said: “The wooden body of our recently restored 1940’s LMS brakevan was set on fire and has unfortunately been completely destroyed. This has been a huge blow to the volunteers who operate the railway and costs of the damage are estimated to be in the range of between £20,000 and £25,000.

“Details on damage to the vehicle’s under frame and the culprits behind this are still being collected and we would like to thank the Police and Fire and Rescue service for their assistance. If anyone has any information which would help our investigations, please contact us either via our Facebook page or email.”

The interior damage to the brake van

The interior damage to the brake van

Craig Thomson, station manager at Kingsway East in Dundee for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Fire crews were alerted to the fire at Caledonian Railway at 11.30pm. Two appliances from Brechin attended to find the recently renovated carriage at the museum well alight.”

Mr Thomson explained the brake van was attached to other carriages, but while it was “extensively damaged” crews were able to prevent the rest of the carriages being badly damaged.