Caledonian Railway pair up with 
Abbey Theatre group for event

Pirates are set to descend on the railway
Pirates are set to descend on the railway

Brechin-based Caledonian Railway is joining forces with the Abbey Theatre Group, Arbroath to bring a unique event to the city during Angus Heritage Week.

The fun-filled event, which takes place on Sunday, will see the Abbey Theatre Club bring the golden age of piracy to the tourist attraction.

The club will no doubt be taking inspiration from when, in 1781, the town of Arbroath was attacked by French privateer the “Fearnought” commanded by Captain Fall.

Taking place during Angus Heritage Week, there will be lots of fun activities such as train rides, signing the Pirate Code, a treasure hunt, bouncy ship and a best dressed pirate competition.

The event aims to make history more fun and engaging for children and there will be a grisly insight into the life of pirates during their golden age.

The Abbey Theatre Club are currently working on a production of ‘Pirates… the Panto’ with performances planned during December.

A railway spokesman explained: “We’re glad to be staging the fun event with Abbey Theatre Club’s fine bunch of Buccaneers, and we’re sure it’ll put wind in their sails for this year’s Christmas panto!”

Hilary Tasker, President of the Abbey Theatre group said: “The Caledonian Steam Railway event is a brilliant way for people to meet The Abbey Theatre Pirates ahead of them appearing in this year’s pantomime.

“They can appear fierce but they really are quite friendly when you get to know them.”

Trains depart Brechin at 11 a.m., 12.20pm, 1.40pm and 2.55 p.m.

More information on the event and tickets for The Railway Pirates on Sunday September 7, can be found on the railway’s website at

The full programme of events for Angus Heritage Week, which runs from September 5 to September 12, can be found online at