Glen Farist

Glen Farist

Have you ever been searching for something and just can’t find it and end up asking yourself the
question “Farist?” Well you might have a similar problem if you were to look at a map to find ‘Glen
Farist’.

In the 19th century the Great North of Scotland proposed a line between Oykel Bridge and Lochinver
which would have linked with the Highland at Culrain. This would have given the Great North running
rights from Elgin to Inverness in that battle between the two Companies. It never came about … but
imagine it did. Situated on what was the LOBBR – the Lochinver and Oykel Bridge Branch Railway, the
station at Farist is, like many similar places, located well away from the village it serves. However it is
located very conveniently for the Glen Farist distillery which it was originally built to serve. Glen Farist
distillery is one of the smaller and less well known. Being independent of any large group produces its
own single malt, a 12 year old marketed under the name ‘Faristnoo’ and a 15 year old called
‘Faristgone’, traditional Gaelic names. The distillery sits at the end of the Glen down which the River
Farist runs. The village of Farist is at the head of the Glen and a line was built to it some years after the
station was opened. It is served by a bay platform at the station from which the line rises steeply and
runs behind Farist Mohr until it reaches the village some miles away. The area between the station and
the distillery is provided with a couple of storage sidings as well as a line to the distillery where a further
two short sidings allow for loading from the bonded store. The station is also provided with a small
general purpose goods shed and a small engine shed. A road link connects the station and distillery to
places further away, but the condition of the road means that rail traffic is the preferred option.

The layout is set in the mid-60s with steam still the main motive power but diesel appearing. The
baseboards, four 1’ 9” x 3’ 6”, are constructed from 2’’ x 1’’ softwood and 6mm ply for lightness and ease
of transport to fit in the back of a car. The track is all Peco Code 80 with Electrofrog points operated by
Seep motors and working signals by Dapol. Operation is analogue and currently there are no plans to
make it DCC, the only digital element being a finger operating a switch. Stock is mainly Bachman
Farish with some Union Mills, Dapol and some older Farish wagons. Worth looking out for are the
buildings which are all scratch built by one of our members, each roof tile being individually placed. He
is not looking for any commissions!