This layout was the smallest in the club – measuring 12′ x 2′ – and depicted a small Paper Mill goods yard with a Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) operated passenger branch line passing in the background. The layout was set in a fictional Fife location.
The story behind this layout was that Balbirnie Paper Mill is situated alongside the Rothes Branch line and – because of its limited storage sidings – is served by a regular goods service. Pulp, coal and starch are the most common deliveries by rail and the finished goods are despatched in enclosed vans.
Balbirnie Mill was unique in our club in being operated using Kadee couplings, which are ideal for shunting layouts such as this. The passenger branch line operated independently with three DMUs using an automatic shuttle.
The layout also featured a variety of cameo scenes typical of a factory (or mill) environment.
A wider selection of photos can be viewed in the Photo Gallery. Balbirnie Mill was sold in February 2020 to a private individual.