BR 2-6-4T AND GRESLEY COACH TO LOCH TAY

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The ser­vice

Opened in 1870, the Killin Rail­way linked Killin to the Cal­lan­der and Oban line at Killin Junc­tion. Later, the branch was ex­tended to Loch Tay. Of­ten formed of a sin­gle coach, the train posed prob­lems at Killin as there was no run-round loop. The coach would be re­versed into a sid­ing and the lo­co­mo­tive moved be­yond the turnout. The coach would then be run back into the plat­form un­der grav­ity and re­cou­pled.

The trains

Lat­terly the ser­vice was op­er­ated by a BR Stan­dard ‘4MT’ 2‑6‑4T (of­ten No. 80093, it seems) and a sin­gle Thomp­son non-gang­wayed brake coach.

The mod­els

Bach­mann pro­duces a BR Stan­dard ‘4MT’ 2‑6‑4T in ‘OO’, Gra­ham Far­ish cov­ers it in ‘N’ and Tower Brass in ‘O’. Hornby has the Thomp­son brake in its range.

Best at­mos­phere

Killin sta­tion and the splen­did viaduct over the river Dochart.

Present sta­tus

De­mol­ished. Loch Tay sta­tion is a pri­vate res­i­dence.

With a 12 ton box van be­tween the en­gine and the coach, BR Stan­dard ‘4MT’ 2‑6‑4T No. 80126 crosses the road near Killin with the branch train on Au­gust 14 1962. COLOUR‑RAIL

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