Scottish Layout Projects – Ian Futers
The book is split into two parts, the first titled “Realising the Dream” features Fort William and Ian’s own impressive 7mm model of the station. Ian publishes much of his own research and photographs of the model appear next to the same views of the prototype. I’ve seen the layout at exhibitions on a couple of occasions and Ian certainly did realise his dream.
In part 2, Scottish Layout Projects, Ian Futers covers a wide selection of very modelable locations including:
- Lochend a just supposing Highland terminus based on one of Ian Futers previous layouts
- Cromarty, the Highland Railwat terminus that got away
- The Dornoch Branch
- Kyle of Lochalsh, the terminus of the Skye line
- Craigellachie, a rural junction in Malt Whisky country
- Bridge of Gairn, a fictitious extension to the Royal Deeside branch
- Alyth on the Caley’s Strathmore route
- Glenfinnan on the Mallaig extension
- Inveraray, a branch line off the Callendar and Oban.
- Loch Katrine Pier, a ‘just supposing’ line in the Trossachs
- Victoria Park, in the industrial heart of Glasgow
- Gretna Junction, West Coast Main Line
- The Rothbury Branch, North British Railway in Northumberland
- Kielder Forest, Border Counties Railway in Northumberland.
Ian Futers has a really polished style of writing, and his knowledge of Scottish railways is second to none. Excellent layout track plans supported by colour and black and white photographs of the prototype and of Ian’s own models and scale drawings of Fort William and Rothbury.
Personally, I would have liked to see Oban featured, and perhaps more drawings of typical scottish railway structures.
Scottish Layout Projects is a great companion to Ian Futers’ first book on the same topic. Modelling Scotland’s Railways