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Greetings people.

I haven't posted here in ages, so I thought it was about time. My good lady

Madkitten has been drilling modelling instructions into my head and I decided

to try something relatively simple for a first layout.

I thought it would be best if I didn't overstretch myself for a first serious attempt,

so I did a bit of research, and came up with perhaps the most basic station I

could find, The **** station in Sussex.

I also decided to try to model it as true to scale as I could (given the obvious

inaccuracy of oo gauge, and the fact that right now I'd rather tear out my own

arm at the shoulder and beat myself to death with the sticky end than attempt

to build my own track).

Accurate plans for The **** station are not easy to come by, and information

is also somewhat scarce, being limited it seems to one book by a Mr Harding,

and that is quite thin too. I did note that the platform was eventually extended

to slightly over 600ft in length, which equates to about 8ft in 4mm scale, (this

was going to be big!)

On the platform itself was one very basic building constructed of corrugated

iron, one small Saxby and Farmer signal box, and an old grounded coach

serving tea and cakes. I decided to construct the layout to reach the first

cutting, this meant it would be roughly 16ft long, which is certainly enough for


The layout is to be formed of four 4x2ft boards made mainly from expanded

polystyrene for ease of landscaping (of which there is an elegant sufficiency at

The ****), from the highest point of the layout to the lowest would cover some

200mm, with half the station dug into a cutting at the very end of the line.

I did wonder initially what to construct the platform from and ended up using

three layers of foamcard faced with slaters brick plasticard and covered with

ordinary white emulsion mixed with sand to give a rough approximation of the

gravel surface used.

Since the line was closed in 1938, it will be modelled under the ownership of

the Southern Railway in the 1920's or thereabouts, I have already chosen a

bus to wait outside the station from Langley, a 1920's A.E.C. Railway Bus, this

is about half finished.

I will post pictures as I complete works, but for now here are some of the

original station plus some of my work so far.

More will follow as and when.

I also need to find an appropriate engine and stock too. Hey Ho. More research for non existant items.

My heartfelt thanks go to my lady Madkitten for all her help and advice during

this project.
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Incidentally, apologies for the darkness of the pictures. I seem to have failed miserably with the Photobucket editor. They'll be better next time.
There is more information out there, such as Brighton - Worthing in the Middleton Press series which also covers the **** branch, and, sadly out of print, The Railways of Devils **** (Minor Railways of Britain series) by P. Clark. Turntable Publications, Sheffield, 1976. (ISBN 0 902844 35 0), which is a bit more substantial than the Harding book. There have also been the odd views in various magazines and photo albums. The signalling plans are also available from a couple of sources.
If you want further information the Brighton Circle has included a couple of photos with detailed descriptions in their magazine, and I seem to recall that there has been at least one other 4mm model of the station featured in the model press.
One interesting unit tested on the line was the bogie "streamlined" Sentinel car, which would make an interesting and challenging model.
Looking good Keith, wish I had a tutor on had when I needed one

Looking forward to watching the updates

As for the loco, looks to me to be of Stroudley design from the 4th picture down, so you could use a rtr A1X or build a kit one for one of the bigger designs (not sure who makes them but have seen them on other layouts) Not sure about coaching stock, most likely ex L&BSCR so will be kit or scratch built
What a brilliant idea.

The engine in the colour picture will almost certainly be one of the Brighton 0-6-2T engines, and quite likeley E4 or E4X (lighter than the E6s). I've got an article on the **** branch in my Railway Magazine edition circa 1937, I will attempt to find it this weekend. The BW picture could possibly be a small 0-6-0T but that would be straining with a single coach on the ****, maybe the D1 0-4-2T was more likely.

I also suggest people visit Devil's **** and live the legend. There is nothing quite like a warm South Westerly wind blowing through your hair while walking on the South Downs. Went to school on the 'Steyning Stinker'.... eyes misting over...

*** Is it this railcar you mean? Not my work - scratchbuilt by a Perth modeller some time ago and seen here on his layout. It runs superbly too.

QUOTE (Nick Holliday @ 19 Mar 2009, 18:46) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>One interesting unit tested on the line was the bogie "streamlined" Sentinel car, which would make an interesting and challenging model.
looks good Keith, I think that Roxey mouldings may do some appropriate kits for coaches, but I'm not sure. I look forward to more updates.

looking very nice there

i really do apreciate a good bit of scenic work. something that i am yet to venture into.

Yes that is the railcar involved - lovely model too! If you go to and find "The ****" there is an H C Casserley picture of it in the platform.


If you go to the Brighton Circle website they have a complete and up-to-date (hopefully) listing of all RTR and kits for pre-grouping Brighton stock - you may be surprised just what is (or was) available.
BTW Don't forget the trap point on the goods siding - the branch was downhill all the way to the junction and a runaway wagon would not be welcome on the mainline.
*** Hi Nick

Yes, Adrian is a super modeller... His scratchbuilding is always very nice. Mind you, I now feel silly having asked - I looked at another photo and the destination board on the model reads "Brighton and the ****". Doop!



I actually once ("some time ago") traced the **** branch from "**** Junction" (Just West of Aldrington (Halt) Previously **** Junction Halt), where the alignment could then be seen heading inland past an industrial unit (Behind Amherst Crescent). The route was quite clear then, and can still be picked out from "gaps" on maps. (I have used Google Maps to trace the route&#8230;) After crossing (Under) the Old Shoreham Road , the line follows some industrial sheds, behind the south side of Maple Gardens. Then Elm Drive (Past what looks to be a graveyard). The route is taken by a "track" (Small road) for a while, behind the south side of Rowan Avenue. Then there is a small park on the line. (It is amazing how easy it is to trace the route, so long after closure! The Back garden fences follow the route to this day! When we were exploring, some sections of embankment could still be seen near to the site of a road bridge.) The Hangleton Road has covered a section, but the line's route continues to be used by a side road! The route continues between across Westway Close and between Kingston Close and Poplar Avenue (Note the Tree Names of the roads.). Some recent buildings even follow the alignment. Then Through a school grounds, and across Northease Drive. The buildings to the East of Poplar Close are on the line. A small road uses the route northwards for a while. Between Sherbourne Road and Hangleton Way the route almost disappears, but a diagonal boundary shows the way, and the route becomes a track to the East of a large building on the North side of Hangleton Way. Since I was last there, The A27 Bypass has cut across the route. But, because the line was in use as a path, a bridge has been built. From here a path follows the railway until it come to a fork junction. Somewhere here hides the remains of Golf Club Halt. (This was a far as I got from Aldrington, it was getting late, so we headed for home!) The farm track that goes to the West is the way to go, though I think the actual railway was just to the East of the track, where the rough growth and trees are. (Google Maps drops a scale along here, so if you are using the largest scale, you have to zoom out a notch.) The farm track swings onto the railway route, and passes what look to be some "Mobile Homes", before arriving at the farm. Just past the farm, is the site of The **** Station. A hollow surrounded by bushes and trees.

The "other" Railways Of Devil's ****" were a cable way across the **** itself, (The concrete foundations of its towers are still to be found.) and a "Cliff Railway" down the North Slope towards Poynings. The site of this can be seen on Google Maps, as a darker slope (It is actually very steep!) into trees. The remains of the top station are also visible.

If you enter Devils **** into Google maps, Tag D is the Devils **** Pub. The Fork Junction and Golf Club Halt is to the East of here. Follow the track!
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Interesting guide Sarah, next time i'm down that way I must check it out.

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