South­ern Scene

Paul Page, by e-mail

Model Rail (UK) - - Show & Tell -

‘South­ern Scene’ is a ‘OO’ gauge end-to-end lay­out that de­picts a fic­tional line be­tween Folke­stone West and Can­ter­bury. It fo­cuses on the area around Capel-le-ferne in 1956 and includes an aero­drome loosely based on Hawkinge. My in­spi­ra­tion for mod­el­ling the South­ern Re­gion, and this lo­ca­tion in par­tic­u­lar, is my fam­ily’s links to the area. My fa­ther, grand­fa­ther and great grand­fa­ther were all, at some time, driv­ers or su­per­vi­sors on the South­ern. The lay­out fea­tures full light­ing on all build­ings and on the plat­forms, and the build­ings are ei­ther en­tirely scratch­built (such as the bridge, aero­drome hangar and wooden-slat sta­tion build­ing) or heav­ily mod­i­fied kits. I’ve only got three lo­co­mo­tives at the mo­ment: Ivatt ‘2MT’ No. 41310, ‘Bat­tle of Bri­tain’ No. 34081 92 Squadron and ‘Mer­chant Navy’ No. 35020 Bibby Line. Fur­ther plans in­clude an extension on the other side of the bridge that will de­pict South­ern Re­gion Lon­don in the mid-1980s, and the rail­way as I remember it.

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