The Caledonian Railway welcomed a special guest as it prepared for the grand opening of the newly renovated platform at Bridge of Dun.
Provost of Angus, Helen Oswald, attended the event last Tuesday as part of Business Open day organised by Angus Council’s economic development unit.
The refurbishment of the platforms was made possible by a generous grant of £60,000 from Angus Council’s Survive and Thrive Hertiage Fund.
The refurbishment follows the building of a new coach shed at Dun to provide covered accommodation for the refurbishment of the railway’s historic passenger carriages.
The Provost travelled on the Caledonian Railway route, from Brechin to Bridge of Dun, where she officially re-opened the station platform.
Tommy Henderson, the project co-ordinator for the Caledonian Railway describes the station as now being “fit for a Queen”, a reference to the station’s past when it was a frequent stopping point for the Royal train taking Queen Victoria and the Royal Family to Balmoral.
The station still has many original features, including the trees believed to have been planted to shield the Queen’s train during overnight stops.
The work to the platform is part of wider improvements planned for the station, including the construction of new station buildings and visitor facilities.
Future plans at Caledonian Railway include the construction of a new passenger building at Bridge of Dun and the reinstatement of the famous canopies at Brechin Station.
Opening the new facilities the Provost said she was delighted that the Caledonian Railway continued to flourish.
She commented:“The railway is a wonderful and unique heritage attraction in Angus that delights hundreds and hundreds of visitors every year.
“This latest investment is another enhancement of the facilities and it’s good that other tourism related businesses have the chance through Business Doors Open day to see first-hand what’s on offer and how they as businesses might work together to make the Angus visitor experience even better.”
Commenting on Business Doors Open Day Mr Henderson said: “Caledonian Railway was keen to take part along with other heritage attractions, accommodation providers and key food and drink businesses to find out more about what visitors are offered in Angus.
“We’re hoping to share ideas and create opportunities to work together”.
Business Doors Open Day is an Angus Heritage event supported by the European Regional Development Fund, through a Rural Tourism Business Support Project, which aims to deliver an innovative, collaborative, partnership approach to improving tourism products in the East of Scotland.