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.

KoS Mk 2 26 140219 Blog       KoS pastiche of 1960 H.A.Vallance photo

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.

Exeter Show 2013 1 130623       The Exeter Show June 2013 (Nigel Twinberrow)

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