St Oswalds – O Gauge

At the time of writing, St Oswalds is a unique layout in the club in two respects. Firstly, it is the only ‘O’ gauge layout and secondly it is a model of a fictitious location not named after any area near or within Glenrothes . The layout depicts the period from around 1945 to 1965 and shows a typical Scottish Highland branch line terminus, serving a village, wood depot, the forestry commission and whisky industries.

This layout incorporates a local railway station, signal box and an associated small goods yard. The village station is a typical highland railway island style building and platform. The village, which is part of the back scenes, has a dedicated war memorial located in the station car park. The goods yard incorporates goods shed, coal staithes, a locomotive fuel depot together with an engine shed, used for stabling a locomotive in a safe and a secure manner. The whisky distillery has its own goods loading platform.

Many of the buildings, the scenery as well as the back scenes located on the layout were produced by club members. The back scenes incorporate typical Scottish Highland hills and mountains together with a village, an industrial wood depot and forestry commission scenes.

A note to model railway exhibition organisers: unfortunately St Oswalds is unable to attend exhibitions at present.