Fibre Broadband on the Right Track in Angus

A steam railway has entered the digital age following a fibre broadband roll-out in Angus.

The £463 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) programme now covers more than 17,000 Angus homes and businesses including the Caledonian Railway in Brechin.

Openreach engineers building the network on the ground have reached places like Aberlemno, Fern, Letham and Muirhead and in the new year, ultrafast full fibre will become available to some parts of Friockheim, Kellas and Glamis.

Andy Pegg from the Caledonian Railway said: “Steam engines were a huge driving force behind Scotland’s economy during the industrial revolution and right up to the 1960s.

“Without the railway, it would have been hard to reach some rural places in Scotland, and it’s great that we are able to keep up the tradition by preserving a bit of history.

“Caledonian Railway is run by volunteers so all the money we earn from ticket sales is reinvested back into our restoration and conservation programme.

“Since we rely on income generation it’s vital that we have a fully functional website where visitors can book and find out about our events.

“This Christmas, we’ve been promoting our annual Santa Special rides online. They are extremely popular and a big hit with families and kids.

“The uplift in broadband speed, thanks to the DSSB upgrade, has kept our website stable during this busy period and visitors can watch our films and view images with ease.”

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