One advantage in modelling the West Highland line, particularly in the 1970s is the relatively compact size of the loco-hauled sets. To simplify the stock requirements whilst retaining accurate full-sized formations, I’ve chosen to model it as it would have been in July 1971 (Thanks to Robert Carroll’s BR Coaching Stock Group, the original carriage workings covering this period were available)
The first departure from Glasgow to Fort William and Mallaig was the largest of the day, the set being made up of 9 vehicles, marshalled as follows;
06:00 hrs Glasgow Queen Street to Fort WilliamWhilst the first five vehicles were used on Scottish Region internal services, the last four came from foreign shores. The two sleeping cars and adjacent BCK left London King’s Cross at 19:55 hrs the previous evening attached to the overnight Aberdeen sleeper and after being detached at Edinburgh Waverley were attached to the 04:35hrs to Glasgow along with a second brake, a BSK for Mallaig. The origin of the CCT is still a mystery at the moment however it was attached at Glasgow Queen Street for the forward working.
Modelling this formation isn’t particularly difficult these days as almost all of the vehicles are available Ready-to-Run however as this blog is about modelling and not lining up my purchases they will require some modification to bring them a bit closer to the 12″ to the foot version. The coaching stock ‘Blog’ posts for the next while will concentrate on improving the RTR Bachmann Mark 1s starting with the Restaurant / Buffet Cars required for the fleet in particular creating the missing Diagram 24 RB.