Here’s the first published picture of a Far North passenger train passing through the model Culrain.
The train is the morning Helmsdale to Inverness with the previous day’s northbound TPO immediately behind the engine and coaches from the previous evening’s Inverness to Helmsdale. From the condition of the Dunalastair IV 54458 and the presence of cattle flakes on Culrain’s loading bank this suggests the early 1950s.
The middle part of last month was taken up with non-Kyle of Sutherland modelling, however I found time to continue with 54495. I rebuilt the complete upper body of the original low-sided brass tender from a Caley Coaches kit with a taller, scratch nickel silver tank and front end.
54495 with rebuilt tender
The loco and tender are booked into the paint shop for January 2017.