A Caledonian Celebration - Bo’ness - 3rd and 4th November 2018

The SRPS have announced  that Caledonian Railway 812 Class No. 828 is the star guest of the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway Steam Gala in November. With SRPS mascot No. 419 due to make her gala debut at the event, following a major overhaul, we will be able to see two Caledonian Railway engines together for the first time in preservation. It will also be the first opportunity to pair 828 with appropriate Caledonian Railway stock since the early twentieth century.

The SRPS have acknowledged the help of 828's owners, the Caledonian Railway 828 Trust (CR828), and the Strathspey Railway for supporting the event by allowing the loco to visit Bo'ness.

828 and 419 will run public services on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th November 2018, with Friday 2nd acting as a 'preview day'. Full details of the weekend are available here.

The Association's November meeting will take place during the Saturday and we will have a book stall at the event. More details of the Association's activities on the Saturday are available here.

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Caledonian Railway Staff Records - List Updated

The latest update to the Caledonian Staff Records database has just been uploaded to the website here.

The database now stretches to over 14,800 records which is no mean achievement given that most of the staff records of the Caledonian Railway have been lost or destroyed.  We are always keen for further information on staff who were employed by the Caledonian.  If you have any information or sources of information please get in touch through the Contact page.  We receive lots of information from people researching their family history and we are delighted to add any information found to the database.

New Ready to Run Caledonian Railway Models Announced

At the Modelrail Scotland exhibition in February 2018, Rails of Sheffield anounced an new 'OO' Guage model on the Caledonian Railway 812 Class 0-6-0 locomotive.

The locomotive is currently under development, full site surveys having been carried out thanks to the owners, The Caledonian Railway 828 Trust, and the staff at the Strathspey Railway’s Aviemore shed. The model will be available in 5 different options from "as originally built" through to CR 828 as preserved.

Full details are available from the Rails of Sheffield Website where pre-orders can be placed, with the model anticpated to be available in Autum 2019.

Click on the link below to see full details - scroll down the page to see details of all five versions.

More on Caledonian Wagons

Published jointly by the Caledonian Railway Association and Lightmoor Press, as was the seminal “Caledonian Wagons and Non-Passenger Coaching Stock from 1847 to 1923”, this Supplement adds valuable and fascinating information which has since been uncovered.

Archive Catalogue Updated

The archive catalogue has now been fully updated to January 2018 including recent acquisitions such as:
- a full set of Caledonian Railway working timetables and North British Railway public timetables for 1913 bound as complete volumes from the Caledonian Railway Timetable Department (CRA3/1/3/3 and CRA 3/1/1/26); and
- an 1898 account book from a tailoring firm revealing exactly what clothing was provided for the different staff grades (CRA5/1/39)

The full catalogue can be viewed here.

Full details of the Archive including how to visit are available here.

Other recent acquisitions include:


 St. Rollox Works - A collection of published articles by Keith Miles and related correspondence between him and Graham Ewing on the history of and life at St. Rollox Works.
Donated by Graham Ewing 29.07.17



Larbert & Grangemouth Connecting Lines Bill  and North British General Powers Bill  1881;  Proceedings in Commons and Lords



LMS Northern Division Fortnightly Notice 19.07.1930 – 01.08.1930, showing train alterations and amendments to operating notices.



 Supp. No.4 to General Appendix and Sectional Appendix LMS Northern Division



Magazine Articles - collection on DVD made by Alistair MacLean



The Drummond Brothers, J.E. Chacksfield (2005 - Oakwood Books)


The Port Road

Published by the Caledonian Railway Association, the Glasgow & South Western Railway Association and Lightmoor Press, The Port Road tells the story of the railway across south west Scotland from Dumfries to Stranraer, Portparick, Kirkcudbright and Whithorn.

CR828 Back In Service

CR828 re-entered normal operation with the Strathspey Railway on Saturday 25th March when she handled the normal three depatures from Aviemore with a five-coach train. Then on Sunday 26th she worked the 10:30 service train and then the 13:00 dining service. She performed very well on both days and appeared to be in good mechanical condition.

The locomotive has been undergoing intermediate repairs which you can find out about at this blog.

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