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. The layout is close to scale with a 30’ radius curve through the station, equivalent to just under half a mile on the prototype.
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.
All the railway buildings are modelled. However, when exhibited as a work in progress, the signal cabin mock-up was a mirror image of the prototype and re-sited across the line in order to replicate the view towards Carbisdale Castle.