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Built between 1986 and 1988, Blair Atholl towards Drumochter was the product of a father and son collaboration by John and Ian McCreadie following many years holidaying in Perthshire. John was principally responsible for the construction of all buildings and bridges, several hundred trees and many of the landscape features whilst Ian's specialisms of joinery and and electrical installation helped create this fine model.

The layout was first shown at Model Rail Scotland in 1988 and returning for a second year in 1989 before attending regional shows in Ayr, Falkirk, Perth, Milngavie and Model Rail Scotland 2002.

Since 2003 Ian's work and family commitments have prevented any further opportunity for public exhibition however following John's death in 2015, the layout has moved to a more accessible storage facility which will allow it to be fully operational prior to exhibitions.

With Ian's 12 year old son Callum now installed as the "Small Controller" a new generation father and son team continues as a tribute to John's exceptional model making skills and attention to detail.

Originally the layout was set in the period between late 70's and the introduction of "Super Sprinter" services however Callum's influence will see services depicted up to the present day.

The objective of the layout has always been to entertain allowing the viewer at exhibitions to enjoy a wide range of services as they travel north and south on this attractive section of the highland main line rather than focus on real-time representation.

In addition to the staple services, the use of "Railtour" stock gives the perfect excuse to introduce a wider variety of motive power. 


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