Carlyburn station throat
Carlyburn station throat


Carlyburn is an ‘OO’ gauge fictitious layout representing a fairly large terminal station on a short branch line providing passenger and freight services to destinations on either side of it, by means of a double track triangle.


The model consists of a continuous circuit, with the branch for Carlyburn running up the centre of the well.  The station is accessed from both sides by a double track triangle.  Whilst the layout is fictional, most of the buildings are models of particular prototypes.  The period displayed is the transition from steam to ‘green’ diesel, reflecting the stock from club members.

Carlyburn triangle and station
Triangle and Station


The four baseboards forming the branch line and station were constructed from 2.3/4” X 3/4” [70 X 19 mm] dressed pine making up and “L girder” frame, topped off with 1/2" [12 mm] chipboard covered with 3/8” [10 mm] Sundeala.  These baseboards, although very rigid, were also extremely heavy; therefore it was decided to omit the chipboard from the remaining baseboards.

Scaleway track and hand built turnouts, on a cork track bed, have been used throughout.  The turnouts are powered by a mixture of Peco point motors with KMP point motor adaptors, and SEEP point motors.

All buildings and scenery are scratch built.  The station buildings being modelled on those at Lanark, the goods shed is a model of that at Musselburgh, the signal box at Lesmahagow Junction used to model the signal box.  The viaduct is modelled on the one at Clelland.

For full operation of the model, two persons are required, one of whom oversees the fiddle yard.

The overall running length is approximately 64 feet [19.5 metres].

Parts of the layout were broken up, and others abandoned,  in 2005 when the club was forced to move premises.