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.

??????????       Pastiche of 1960 H.A.Vallance photo

Culrain Station is modelled in the British Railways era from 1955 to 1962. Set during the steam to diesel transition, the rolling stock is a prototypical mix of HR, CR, LMS, LNER and BR, with a sprinkling of SR and GWR.

Kyle of Sutherland has been exhibited twice as a work-in-progress. It was first exhibited publically at Scaleforum 2012 as a 16’ end-to-end layout with cassettes at the south end and a traverser at the north end. Operation was too cumbersome for an exhibition. It was then taken in revised form, with cassettes at both ends, to The Exeter Show in 2013. The new 20’ design was much better and, when finished, should fulfil its potential to operate a prototypical 10-train sequence.

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