Culreoch was originally built in 2007 by Ken Gibbons and members of the Hull MRS. It has appeared in its then 1980s guise in the model railway press.
Culreoch represents a fictional location on the Port Road between Stranraer and Dumfries, set in the 1960s but with the line foreseeing a more positive future than it did in reality. At approximately 9’x 1’8” scenic area, the layout offers through running, passing loop and some limited shunting operations. Working signalling and some delicately composed scenic detailing adds to the interest.
For the moment, the layout is in semi-storage awaiting a resurgence in my enthusiasm, and enough free time to build a new fiddle yard.
I’d like to take Culreoch back in time. Research is more difficult due to the scarcity of photographs, but the written word is strong, and DL Smith’s books are compulsive reading.
Longer term, I love what Neil Rushby is doing with his Morfa project. The simplicity is admirable, and I’d love to incorporate Culreoch into a larger, continuous run segment of countryside. Maybe then, computer control and digital jiggery-pokery will mean I can sit back and let the scene unfold by itself.
That’s a long, long time away though.