3. The “Kyle of Sutherland” Layout
Kyle of Sutherland is my interpretation of the Scottish station of Culrain, an ex-Highland Railway passing loop on the Far North line from Inverness to Wick and Thurso. Culrain sits by the Kyle of Sutherland in Ross-shire and is depicted in the British Railways era around 1955 to 1962. Set during the steam to diesel transition, the layout’s rolling stock is a prototypical mix of HR, CR, LMS, LNER and BR, with a sprinkling of SR and GWR, much of it scratch or kit-built.
The layout is close to scale with a 30’ radius curve through the station, equivalent to just under half a mile on the prototype. All the railway buildings are modelled, but the signal cabin is a mirror image of the prototype and re-sited across the line. This allows a view of Carbisdale castle to be presented, as it was on the real Culrain station, by looking beyond the signal cabin.
This early view towards Carbisdale Castle continues to develop at the northern end of Kyle of Sutherland. Finished platforms and some realistic trees should transform this view.