Rottingdean (David Riches)

In the 1880s there was a proposal to build a new line from Brighton to Newhaven via Rottingdean. Whilst this was never actually built, this layout imagines that it was under the auspices of the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway. It is portrayed in the early Southern Railway era with some pre-grouping stock still in evidence. The buildings, constructed from card, plasticard and other materials on a plywood
frame, are all scratch-built and based on real LBSC structures (except for the dairy). Signals are operational and lighting has been installed in many of the buildings, together with some interiors. All pointwork is hand-built from C&L components, the remainder of the track being PECO. The rolling stock is also all hand-built, mainly from kits although some coaches have been made from scratch.


The fiddle yard, located behind the dairy, is of the cassette type, enabling a large amount of rolling stock to be accommodated in a small area. The points are operated by Tortoise point motors which are very powerful &; extremely reliable. There are two controllers and the layout is wired on the cab control principle with several electrically separate sections. The layout has been exhibited at shows up and down the country, including the Gauge O Guild’s exhibition at Telford, but is now retired from exhibiting and permanently set up at the owner’s home

All photographs on this page © David M Riches