Paul Page, by e-mail
‘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.