September progress

Posted on October 1, 2015. Filed under: Monthly progress |

The scenically complete Kyle of Sutherland has been on a round trip of 1500 miles for its first public showing. Over the weekend of September 19th and 20th, the layout was on show in Culrain Village Hall just across the road from Culrain Station. More than 150 people came along: that’s more than three times the population of Culrain.

Alison Young 150920       Culrain’s oldest ”original”  inhabitant (on the left)

Alison Young is sitting by the model of her cottage, next to the station yard. I first met Alison in 1980 and committed to bringing a model of Culrain Station back to the village. It’s taken 35 years to fulfil the promise.

To celebrate the event I produced a postcard of the layout for sale towards village hall funds.

Scanned Postcard 150924       “Culrain Station in 1960”

And to round off a hectic month, I re-started the final coach (ex-HR TPO M30321) needed for the exhibition sequence of 10 trains. I’ve slowly assembled a pair of Michael Clark sprung bogies with a small re-design to allow their fitting by a 1/32” split pin through a 3/32” brass tube pillar soldered to the coach floor. So far, so good.

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