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Description based on material supplied by the layout owner
Set in the British Railways period, this small layout represents a fictional Southern Region branch line through station located in the River Medway area. The branch leaves the main Paddock Wood to Maidstone line near Yalding and runs close to the villages of Coxheath and Hunton to terminate at Chainhurst.
The line is in its final few years of operation the passenger service is being run down and short trains are the norm, one coach sufficing for the remaining traffic, with the occasional two-coach pull-push set. Freight services are still quite busy with coal and grain terminals at Chainhurst bringing a lot of traffic to the line; sufficient to ensure its survival until the late 1960s.
The layout itself consists of three conventional chipboard and timber baseboards with self-contained turntable fiddle yards at each end. The track is SMP Scaleway, with the points being made from the same company's copperclad kits. Pointwork is operated by the old H & M solenoid motors, with the few signals being worked in the same way.
The station building is based on East Farleigh on the Paddock Wood to Maidstone line (still standing at the time of writing) with the other railway buildings on the layout being made from modified commercial kits. The low relief structures at the back of the layout are scratch built from Wills building sheets.
The scenery is based on polystyrene foam, carved to shape and covered with plaster bandage, painted and then overlaid with Woodland scenic ground cover.
Motive power consists of small tank engines and diesels, mostly kit built, of Southern and BR Standard origin, with passenger and goods stock from most of the kit manufacturers.
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