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Portchullin won the MRJ Chalice this year and the Scalefour D&E Challenge in 2008.

It’s August 1974 . . .

It is a good time for the Three Degrees, as they are at No. 1 with When Will I see You Again, and for Carlisle United, as they are at the top of the entire football league. It is also a great time for the Kyle Line; after facing closure intermittently for twenty years (and with a closure notice pending for the last four), the line is finally granted a permanent reprieve by the Transport minister. It was also a good time for two young boys; we were on a family holiday in the west coast of Scotland and instead of witnessing the swansong of this line, we were seeing the beginnings of its rejuvenation and in the process the seeds of this layout were being planted. In the early 1970s the railways of the Highlands had hardly changed since the 19th Century. Sure, steam had gone and everything was in the BR corporate blue, but that was about it: the lines were still fully signalled, due to terrible competing roads there was still a healthy freight traffic, short loco-hauled trains were the norm, many of them were mixed, and the lines remained single, so there was the adventure of regular passing procedures.

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Left & centre:
Philip Hall

Right:
Nick T Smith

 
 

Left & centre:
Chris Mitchell

Right:
David Brandreth

 
 

Left, centre, right:
David Brandreth

 
 
Left, centre, right:
David Brandreth
         
Left, centre, right:
David Brandreth
         

Left & centre:
David Brandreth

Right:
Chris Mitchell

 
 
Left, centre, right:
David Brandreth
 
 

Left & centre:
David Brandreth

Right:
Chris Mitchell

 
 
Left, centre, right:
David Brandreth
   
Left, centre, right:
Morgan Gilbert
   
Left, centre, right:
Peter Tatlow