As appealing as it is, I have resisted the temptation to tackle the West Highland line or the Mallaig extension, in either OO or N gauge, despite the easy availability of excellent models of locomotives suitable for such a layout. Fortunately, others have taken up the challenge of capturing the essence of the West Highland line and its unique architecture, including Mark Darragh with his model of Rannoch in 4mm scale. It is modelled in a post privatisation condition with a variety of modern traction and rolling stock appropriate to the line including the ScotRail sleeper; engineers trains; alumina traffic; aluminum traffic; charters; petroleum and timber.
You can hear the rumble of that Class 37 as it crosses the viaduct at the west end of the station. Mark’s layout is a lovely creation with a great deal of attention to detail including red deer, gorse in flower, a rotary washing line in a garden and cottage scenes too. The layout is portable and available for exhibitions, Mark’s work commitments permitting. I photographed it for a layout feature in BRM and is likely to appear in the magazine in the not too distant future, so keep a watch on the news stands.