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Features: Glenfinnan, BR (ScR), 1980s

Published 25 September 2018, 16:34

Glenfinnan is situated on the West Highland Line between Fort William and Mallaig. The line has survived through turbulent times, most notably the Beeching cuts in the 1960s and more recently the Serpell Report of 1983 to examine the viability of the current BR network. Once again the line escaped more or less unscathed.

The popularity of the Harry Potter films has brought some welcome revenue as have the summer steam specials and having been voted the world’s most scenic railway journey on more than one occasion, the line intends to be around for some time yet.

This model of Glenfinnan station was started in 2014 after a lot of research and visits to the site at Glenfinnan. It took just over 12 months to complete just in time for its debut at Model Rail Scotland in Glasgow for the 50th anniversary show where it was awarded Third Best Visiting Layout.

The main boards are a laser cut modular construction system supplied by Tim Horn creating a ‘U’ shape with the storage yard across one end and scenery around the other three sides. Track is C&L Finescale code 75 with Peco code 75 pointwork. The station points are operated by Tortoise slow action motors and those in the storage yard are powered by Seep PM2s.

Control is provided by the Gaugemaster Prodigy Advance system with a control panel which operates the signal and points at the station and two mini panels at the entrance to each of the storage yards. The layout is fitted with a fully working RETB (Radio Electronic Token Board) system as per the prototype.

The stock consists mainly of classes 20, 24, 25, 26, 27 and 37 in BR blue corporate livery covering the period from 1970 and up to the late 1980s. All the locomotives are sound fitted with decoders from Legomanbiffo, Paul Chetter, Hornby and Howes. Speakers have been especially sourced for their clarity and the sound files have been tweaked to give the best possible sounds and effects to achieve realistic operation. The ‘Jacobite’ steam service is faithfully reproduced by a Thompson ‘B1’ 4-6-0 fitted with a superb sound file by Howes.

All the station buildings, including the signalbox, are scratchbuilt from drawings and were constructed using sheet and embossed plasticard.

Oh, and if you are wondering where the viaduct is – if you look closely you will see just a small section of it.

Glenfinnan featured in HM118.

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