The weathered HR TPO now has glazed windows, post boxes picked out in Post Office red, and an approximation to the outgoing mailbag apparatus (see updated picture in the Rolling Stock Gallery).
This first Kyle of Sutherland train picture to include the TPO is based on a prototype train from September 1959 at Tain in “The Highland Railway” by H.A. Vallance. It shows the early morning Helmsdale to Inverness train with the returning previous day’s northbound TPO behind the engine.
April has seen some scenic changes. A 4” wide trench now runs immediately beyond the Up line fencing for almost the full length of the layout. There’s a choice of nine plug-in scenic modules, 4” to 16” long, each with up to six trees of different foliage densities and heights. The modules are easily re-arranged to give a suitable background for whatever picture I am taking, as in the above view.
This month I plan to create a picture of “The Mails” double-headed through Culrain with 54458 as pilot engine. But I have trailed that before.