January - December 2018
The early part of the year was again spent on Pulborough, getting it ready for Scalefour North, where it won the Walton-Evans trophy for best layout (repeating Plumpton Green’s success from 2017).
With only one show for for 2018, we’ve had lots of time for loco building, and have completed two Terriers, (Stepney and Martello), as well as two C-class goods engines.
There are still a few things to do on the layout, mainly improving the trackwork, and adding the last few cosmetic chairs and fishplates. The two major items are the point rodding from the ground frame (a task for 2019 - I can’t put it off forever), and the crossing keeper’s cottage, which we have now started.
The cottage has been altered a fair bit over the years, mainly at the back. My collection of old photos only shows the front of the building, but a bit of research looking at old maps gives an idea of its original shape, and combined with a little modeller’s licence will produce a pleasing building I hope.
January - December 2019
A significant part of 2019 has been spent on getting Pulborough ready for Scaleforum, and with three other exhibitions for Plumpton, there hasn’t been much time for new additions, just a lot of maintenance.
On Plumpton, Chris has built the crossing keeper’s cottage. This was drawn and marked out using the Silhouette cutter using the same technique as for the creamery. The fancy mouldings over the windows were drawn in the 3D CAD system 123D (now unfortunately no longer available). They were printed by Modelu. I also took the opportunity to draw the cast iron caps on the stanchions at the bottom of the footbridge steps, and had those printed at the same time.
I’ve decided that the platform surfaces are far too garish in ‘bright’ grey. I have repainted them in a pale brown earth colour, trying to emulate the colour of the Horsted Keynes platform surface - a great improvement I think.
We’ve done a bit more work on scenery - adding a few birds searching for worms in the ploughed field, and a few wild animals here and there.
I had originally intended to make a clay pit and small brickmaker in one of the empty fields, but my research has failed to find enough photos and other information to enable me to make a convincing model. We have instead decided to depict a small scene of trees being felled and sawn for timber. Chris has made a Burrell steam crane engine and a Sentinel steam lorry (both Langley’s kits. I have modified and reused the saw bench from Brighton Road based on a few photos taken at the Weald and Downland Museum a few years ago.
We’ve made some progress on the point rodding for the ground frame, but there is still a long length to finish along the platform between the signal box and the ground frame.