St Oswalds – O Gauge

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

This layout incorporated a local railway station, signal box and an associated small goods yard. The village station was a typical highland railway island style building and platform. The village, which was part of the back scenes, had a dedicated war memorial located in the station car park. The goods yard incorporated a 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 had 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.

Sadly, the decision was taken in June 2022 to completely dismantle this layout to free up space allowing the club to focus on our other layouts and the construction of new ones. The buildings and other objects of interest, however, have been retained.