Scarborough & District Railway Modellers

Rumbling Bridge

An award winning OO gauge
layout created by Nick Skelton


This Scottish branch line, worked by the North British Railway, was fully opened in 1871 and runs from Kinross Junction, on the Edinburgh to Perth main line, to Alloa. The line follows the course of the River Devon. There are intermediate stations at Balado, Crook of Devon, Dollar, Tillicoutry, Sauchie and the subject of this model, Rumbling Bridge.


The line was initially prosperous, the scenic gorge at Rumbling Bridge being a particularly popular attraction for the increasingly liberated Victorians.

Freight traffic comprised mostly agricultural produce, although in the latter years of operation deposits of coal were discovered at Dollar, resulting in the development of a mine and resultant rail traffic.

Sadly, the agricultural traffic and dwindling passenger receipts were insufficient to sustain the line and the eastern section, between Kinross and Dollar, closed in April 1964.  Unusually the freight traffic succumbed to closure first. The whole line closed ten years later; the mine at Dollar having failed to live up to expectations.

The layout depicts Rumbling Bridge circa 1960. The services are operated by a mixture of Diesel Multiple Units and ageing Steam.  Occasional appearances are made by Diesel Railbus, although this unreliable traction is often replaced by a locomotive hauled single coach train.


Rumbling Bridge is modelled in OO gauge, having a 6m x 2.2m operating footprint.  The layout is transported in the back of an estate car and requires only two operators.  We normally like a small table and chair behind the layout when at exhibitions and we require 1 x 13amp socket within 2 metres.

As members of a model railway club, we realise the importance of keeping exhibition costs to a minimum.  We have found that we can transport two (or even 3) layouts to a show for the same price as only one.  Please contact our Club Secretary for more details.