Last updated December 2017 - you may need to refresh these pages to see the latest updates. We had an excellent weekend at the Tolworth Show in November, and (nearly) everything worked well. We had a couple of problems with locos, and one little wiring glitch which needs to be looked at. The layout’s next exhibition will be Beckenham in October 2018, followed closely by Brighton MRC in November. I spent a couple of weeks prior to the Tolworth show adding some sound to the layout. The sound of engines whistling seems to me to be an important part of the steam era. In and around the station area, engines whistle predominantly for two reasons - one whistle to warn that they are about to move, and two whistles to indicate to the signalman that they have shunted as far as they need and are waiting for points to be changed. I’m unlikely ever to change to DCC, so I fitted some sound modules at particular points on the layout. There is more detail here. I’ve also added a page on 3D printing, which can be found here. Over the next few months I’m hoping to be able to complete the last building for Plumpton (the crossing keeper’s cottage, and do some more work on the trackwork (a few chairs still to add, plus fishplates), and then finish the point rodding from the ground frame. Our next big effort will be Pulborough at Scalefour North in April 2018. Martin Nield has recently published a book entitled ‘Authentic Model Railway Operation. It’s well worth reading (£13.95, 60pp, from Wild Swan Publications) and I’m happy to say that it contains a few photos of Plumpton Green 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 my current layout ‘Plumpton Green’ together with the Mid-Sussex Group’s layouts, plus 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). Pulborough and Plumpton Green are both available for exhibition. All of the photos and drawings should open a larger version in a new window if you click on them.