There was lots of work on unfinished projects this last month, including scenery, locos and coaches.
Scenically complete, as in “September progress”, does not mean there’s nothing more to do. Kyle of Sutherland has always been more than just an exhibition layout: it’s also a model landscape for recreating prototype railway views. As in this glimpse through the trees of Culrain’s Down Home on the approach to the passing loop at Culrain station. And that requires many more trees, hedges, shrubs and flowers to build a convincing image of a time long past.
The road south
This view is of the single track road, hence the passing place sign, crossing the railway to join the main road five miles away at Ardgay en-route to Inverness. The grass growing up the middle of the road is typical nineteen-fifties Highlands of Scotland.
See also the Gallery for an update on 54458, Dingwall’s Dunalastair IV 4-4-0, soon to be seen piloting “The Mails”, the morning Inverness to Wick and Thurso passenger train, through Culrain sometime in the early 1950s.
Meanwhile, as work continued on 54458, Helmsdale’s very similar Pickersgill 4-4-0 54495 acquired some more parts. This loco starred in one of the very few sequences of colour photographs of a specific train, from different viewpoints, taken on the same day, and at the same location (Helmsdale) by F.W. Shuttleworth. Views from the series are regularly published courtesy of Colour-Rail. I’m tempted to make a start on this loco quite soon.