3. 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 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 is 20 feet long by 3 feet wide: the scenic boards total 10 feet and are served by cassettes at each end. It is presented as a scenic diorama at a viewing height of 4’3” with a proscenium arch and wings. A sequence of 10 prototype trains is nearing completion, including rolling stock provided by other members of the Devon Finescale Modellers Group.

Train operation is by two Pictrollers and a Pentroller, each powered by its own wall-mounted transformer. The wiring is traditional DC with groups of electrical sections allocated to particular controllers via rotary switches on a “Router Box”. The signals are driven by servos.

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