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roly’s model railways

Strathbogle - 009/H0e

71.4cm x 53.7cm in a suitcase. 9mm Ply.

PECO Setrack. DCC Control.


It is surmised that early in the 1930’s somewhere to the northwest of Aberdeen in Scotland there was a narrow gauge railway that serviced a local whisky distillery, a stone quarry and a country estate.  It provided transport for livestock, timber and workers and also carried tourists to the historic monument of Buntly Castle and the beauty spot at Fittie Brae. Unfortunately road transport arrived and the railway no longer had a purpose and closed down until it was rescued in the late 1990’s. Now it’s got a new life as a tourist line serving an industrial museum.

A range of 0-4-0 and 0-6-0 tank and diesel locos have been preserved and are scheduled to operate coaching stock, mineral wagons, whisky crate wagons and other mixed freight including sheep & horses.  There are railbuses and specials for the tourists.  Most of the rolling stock has been rescued from other railways and so is an eclectic mix with no particular livery.

The models:

The model locos are from Egger-Bahn, Liliput, Minitrains & Roco plus 3D-printed kits and also brass kits from A1 Models.  The kits all run on KATO tram chassis.  Coaches and wagons are from Egger-Bahn, Minitrains, PECO & Roco plus some Parkside Dundas & Colin Ashby kits.

Buildings are modified Scalescenes downloaded printed kits with some Faller and other continental makers’ additions.  Buntly Castle is from the Medieval Castle kit by Richard Barton (And7Barton).

The layout uses PECO Code 80 Flex and modified ST-5/6 points which are operated by DCC using SEEP motors.


Control is DCC using Hornby Railmaster on a Windows 10 laptop and an eLink interface or, on occasion, with a Hornby Select controller.  Points are controlled by Hornby R8247 accessory decoders with SEEP PM2 motors. Most locos are fitted with LaisDCC decoders with “keep alive” capacitors.

The trains in use are selected by a computer program which picks the stock to run, starting point and destination.  This results in different and interesting scenarios.