North Ballachulish: Information for Exhibition Managers

Exhibition Details / Prospectus

Exhibition Managers: If you are interested in booking North Ballachulish for your show contact me via the form below.



Scale:             4mm

Gauge:           EM Gauge (18.2mm)

Size:              16′ x 14′ L shaped layout with outside viewing   – the layout is on a L shape and has a fiddle yard to each side of the scenic boards and can be operated from the front or the rear.

Contact:         Andy Cooper

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Operators:      4 – we work the layout on an intensive basis to keep the visitor entertained and work on a shift system of hour on hour off.

Transport:      The layout travels in 2 cars. If the show involves an overnight stay it will be necessary to hire a van due to luggage etc.

Costs:            Fuel for the cars

(an assumption being made that brews and lunch are provided by the exhibition during the show opening hours)

Insurance:      The layout is valued at £20,000 with a further £5,000 stock. The stock on exhibition changes and if details are required  for items valued over £250 (a number of kit built locos) please ask for details


Track Plan NB


Copy for Exhibition Guide:


North Ballachulish had been lurking in the background as a layout idea for some years , as someone who is frequently in the West Highlands of Scotland, I’ve always been struck by the “whatifability” of a station based on the area of land between the Loch and the A82 after you come over Ballachulish bridge into North Ballachulish – the sharp left hand bend at the north end has something that says build me about it.

The scenario then is that the Callander and Oban Railway had an act passed to build a railway to Fort William and on through the Great Glen to link Oban / Fort Bill with Inverness. There was such an act put before parliament in reality, but it failed as the good burghers of Fort William objected to a railway along the front of the Loch. That attitude changed somewhat a few years later when the West Highland was proposed and built!

Taking advantage of the easier running over the north bank of Loch Leven a branch was made at North Ballachulish to enable goods workings to the Kinlochleven aluminium smelter. On the track plan attached below this is at the bottom end of the plan forking off to the left as you move in the Oban direction (South). The station building is scratchbuilt and based on Kentallen on the real Ballachulish branch. I obtained the plans for this building from the Scottish Records Office. A simple goods yard with a coal merchant, completes the scene. Signals are built from MSE components and other scratchbuilt parts, all the buildings are built from styrene sheet from various manufacturers! Track is C and L on the plain track, the points being scratchbuilt using ply sleepers, code 75 bullhead rail and Exactoscale chairs.

Set in 1970 /71 apart from passengers traffic by the ubiquitous 27s, and 26’s and 20’s down from Inverness, there are goods working to Kinlochleven (Presflos and Cov Hops from Burntisland) grain workings for the distilleries, and oil traffic as well as some van and 16 ton mineral traffic. All the buildings are from the North Ballachulish area, I’ve included the cottage group on the corner, and also St Brides church and Manse which are all situated in their exact location. The village hall has moved from Onich – about 600 yards in the Fort William direction, and the crofters cottage has crossed the A82 to the other side of North Ballachulish. The data for the buildings was obtained from many site visits.

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