The inspiration for Invercalley came from Ian Futers’ book 'Scottish Layout Projects' and is based on the plans for Inverary. The layout featured in the July and August Railway Modeller magazine.
The Callander & Oban Railway Company proposed a branch line from Dalmally, through the glens to Inverary. This railway did not transpire, but I decided to use the idea and construct a scene based on what might have happened had the railway been built.
The track plan for the station is based on Ian’s plan with the addition of run-round loops and a coal siding. To add further operational interest a small engine shed has been included and is loosely based on Ian’s plan of Kyle of Lochalsh shed, which is in the same publication. A loch-side siding has also been incorporated and this is based on a real life location on the shores of Loch Awe.
The layout is set in the early to mid 1960’s and the rolling stock consists mainly of Black 5’s and Class 26’s and 27’s. The passenger trains are those which might have been seen in the location, with through trains from Glasgow and a shuttle to and from Dalmally. Freight stock is general goods plus fish and oil traffic.
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