layout is some thirty feet length overall and two feet wide, it
came into being in 2006 when the exhibition manager of the Inverness
and District Model Railway Club said Can you do something
in Gauge 1 for the annual exhibition? A reluctant Yes
and then Theres thirty feet available and you have two
months! This is a Guage One, 45mm gauge track and 10mm scale,
branch is situated on Granny Wendy's Railway or G.W.R. for short,
deep in LMS territory.
rather bare 24 feet of base board appeared with a platform and little
else other than a belligerent crofter, Sylvanus McRidd, a Brittains
figure, (alleged to resemble G.W.s husband) who refused to
make way for the railway, thus giving us the excuse to end the line.
A friend produced a copy of an 1880 Ordinance Survey map showing
the proposed route of the Fearn to Portmahomack branch passing within
a few yards of home, that gave us the name. For the 2007 exhibition,
a transformation had been wrought due to a concerted effort by the
a three road traverser six feet in length takes care of the stock
when off stage, (Why didnt we buy a bigger car?).
At the 2006 show a solitary Johnson 1P 0-4-4 tank engine trundled
back and forth with a few kit built wagons, there was no passenger
stock at that time. As this locomotive was purchased for use on
a garden railway it is battery powered and radio controlled. In
spite of frugal use the battery failed about an hour before the
end of the show.
a result of enjoying ourselves a council of war decided another
locomotive and passenger stock were needed. Accordingly an order
was placed with RPM of Oldham for a Fowler 2P 4-4-0 to join his
Johnson 1P, and for a rake of four L.N.W.R. suburban carriages from
Curlew Coaches of Southwell, Nottingham. As a result of G.W. surfing
the net she has also managed to acquire a scratch built Highland
luggage composite (green), this was built by Mr Kennedy of Inverness
in about 1970. For exhibition purposes this is paired with a L.N.W.R.
brake third. We have a photograph confirming this as a genuine pairing
in the early grouping years.
goods rolling stock was purchased as a job lot and includes stock
from the big four and British Railway. Track and points were supplied
by Tenmille of Ringshall, Suffolk and ballasted with red granite
chips in the usual laborious manner. All structures were scratch
built with plywood and plasticard and painted by G.W. who claims
to have enjoyed this her first effort at modelling.