As I’ve researched the history of Cumbernauld, and in particular the area around the Station, I realised how many of my forebears were involved in the life of that area. A number were involved in the brick works and the railway, not to mention owning a shop and running a bus hire firm. The railway still operates but most of the buildings, except Station Buildings, have gone. It got me thinking that it would be fascinating to see if I could recreate a model of the Station and its immediate surroundings. My research uncovered a number of images featuring the Fireclay Works and included details of the immediate area and the layout of the railway line.

This provided the inspiration to plan a model railway layout. It took a long time cross-referencing images to determine the real-life layout. It was an extremely industrious area – the Fireclay Works, a Granary, numerous small business, and of course the railway itself.

Basic rail network schematic at Cumbernauld

Having established a basis for the track layout, there was a realisation that any buildings would need to be scratch-built as there was nothing for this era that would be available off-the-shelf. Unless a new skill could be learned, there was little point in going further. So began the process of experimenting with card kits in order to understand how they were made. Eventually it became possible to create building sections in a computer graphics package with textured walls and roofs. These were printed out on A4 sticky labels and affixed to 1mm card. See below for the first buildings that were produced.

Masonic Place (A lot of guesswork as no clear photo available)
Station master’s cottage