Set in Speyside, The fictitious village and station at Cragganmore takes its name from the Distillery – which does exist. There was a railway line to the distillery but the track plan bears no similarity to it, although the buildings are closely based upon those at the actual distillery.
The time is the late ‘50s/early 60s and a range of locomotives can be seen running, from ex LMS locomotives to early diesels. As the area is so far from ‘central office’ repainting sometimes takes a little time so although all are BR numbered, early and late logos can be seen. Passenger traffic is served by 3 coach loco hauled trains and a DMU, and there is a wide variety of goods wagons including some of Cragganmore’s own stock, including a tanker of bulk whisky. Also the distillery loco, No 7, is often in the yard and is frequently used in general shunting duties when not transferring wagons to and from the distillery, another advantage of ‘central office’ being far away.
The station, to a West Highland (NB) design, is on an island platform served by a footbridge from the nearby bus stop and car park and the village can be seen in the background. Simple loco servicing facilities exist and beyond the turntable are the cattle dock and coal yard and there is also a goods line. Beyond the road bridge there is the signal box, (Great North of Scotland) and depending whether in straight form or L-shaped either access to the timber yard or to a small goods yard, in either case with the line curving away to the distillery and places beyond. Traces of a branch line can still be seen heading off before the distillery. The road bridge also gives access to Cragganmore Golf Course and some of the locals can be seeing holing out on the green of the 3rd hole, ‘The Stanes’, definitely not a hole to hook on!
Track is all Peco and control is by NCE DCC equipment. The signals are operational and are intended to be interlocked with the point controls. Stock is added and removed with two cassette sections behind the scenic break at the distillery, one cassette serving the up line and one the down line.
Cragganmore can appear in its Linear form (12.50m (41’) x 3.35m (11’)) or in the L-shaped form (9.45m (31’) x 6.10m (20’)). It takes 4 people to operate the layout.