Last updated July 2023 - you may need to refresh these pages to see the latest updates.
The new ‘Ouse Wharf’ layout is progressing well, with the first stage of track-making now complete - updates here.
We had another excellent weekend at Expo EM with Pulborough - winning the ‘Best Layout’ trophy. Chris Vaughan has kindly forwarded some video clips from the show. I have edited these into a short video which can be seen here.
We also had a good weekend at the Bluebell show with Plumpton Green, over the first weekend in July. Most things worked well, but we’ve nevertheless come away with a list of improvements we need to look at.
The E2 is now complete and ready for painting - just the brakes and sanding gear to be added to the chassis. It had a brief run out at the start of the Warley show to test that the layout was all working. I’m happy to say that the loco works well, and it will be part of the fleet later in the year when the weather warms a little so that it can be painted.
Chris’s B2 is almost finished, with just a few bits and pieces to add. The chassis is fully assembled and has had its first running session - all seems good so far. This loco started out as a kit-bashed B4, but we didn’t do enough research - the B2 dimensions are different in virtually every respect, so the only thing left from the kit is the tender, and various white-metal and brass castings, all the sheet metal-work being scratchbuilt.
The scratchbuilt C3 is also nearing completion, with the body and tender now complete. The next stage will be to wire up the chassis and test its running.
The E2 and C3 will be painted in lined black, and the B2 (Rastrick) will be in IEG.
A new layout is under development, smaller than Plumpton, and able to be operated by two people. It will be called ‘Ouse Wharf’ and will feature our collection of small industrial engines.
Information for Exhibition Managers about Plumpton Green can be found here and here.
The Brighton Circle e-group has recently started producing a twice-yearly digital ‘Modellers’ Digest’ which contains articles of particular interest to modellers of the LBSC of all scales and eras, and potentially other pre-group modellers. The latest edition of the Digest can be found here.
This website contains details of our current layout ‘Plumpton Green’ together with the new (under construction) ‘Ouse Wharf’ as well as Mid-Sussex Group’s layouts, and photos and descriptions of various techniques I have used over the years. The layouts and models here are all built to Protofour standards (4mm:ft). Plumpton Green is available for exhibition, and Ouse Wharf is scheduled for two exhibitions in 2024.
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I hope you enjoy the site, and find it useful. If you wish to use any of the site content, please ask. If you would like to contact me, please email.