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Description based on material supplied by the layout owner

Jim Bryant EM gauge 4mm scale

When the Railway reached the small village of Westerham in July 1881 it was assumed by the local populace that it was only a matter of time before the line was continued on to Oxted, a mere 4 miles away. As it turned out this never happened due to the enormous cost of the extensive engineering works.

However, for the purposes of this layout, I have assumed that the extension to Oxted was built by the South Eastern Railway to provide them with a secondary route to the South East ports.

The Model depicts the small country station of Hookwood, about 1 mile north east of Oxted, as it might have looked in the BR Southern region era of the early to mid 1960's. The Station building and goods shed models are based on the originals at Westerham station.

The locomotives are mostly modified RTR, using Ultrascale EM wheels and Al detailing kits. The 2 Bil EMU is an Ian Kirk kit with Branch Lines motor/gearbox and extra detailing. Wagons are mostly kit built with appropriate detailing and re-wheeling using EM Society wheels; Spratt & Winkle couplings are used with strategically placed electromagnets on the layout.

The layout features working signals and many scenic details, can you spot the lazy workman snoozing in the sunshine?


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