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Tim Tincknell EM gauge 4mm scale

Portskerra is the terminus of a ficticious Highland Railway branch line on the north coast of Scotland. Although a branch to Portskerra was proposed as a Light Railway in 1898, and some surveying work carried out, the line never progressed beyond that.

The model uses buildings of typical Highland style and the track layout has features of other Highland termini incorporated. The time period is spring 1915, the increase in traffic due to the Great War bringing many wagons from 'foreign' companies to this normally quiet line.

The layout is constructed to 4mm scale, but uses E.M. gauge track for greater accuracy, plain track being C&L with hand built pointwork. Buildings are constructed from plasticard or wood. Grassland uses Noch electrostatic fibres to give a rougher look, while the leafless trees are made from twisted wire covered with filler.

Locomotives are kit built from a variety of sources, rolling stock is kit built, modified or scratchbuilt from drawings available from the Highland Railway Society.


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