Last layout to describe from the Uckfield show is ‘Surrey Arms’ in EM. I found this an interesting design concept, a sort of mini-Minories. Here’s the description from the show guide:
And here are some photographs of the layout.
The inspiration from this model came from:
- The design – it’s a sort of Minories without the station throat pointwork. Although the complex yet simple entrance to the station is the hallmark of a Minories, and a feature of the design, this little layout showed what could be done in even less space.
- The backscene – I love the idea of modelling just the suburban platforms and having the main train shed as a background to the layout. And the building is very well done, reminding one of Cannon Street with the towers on the station corners.
- The goods service – cross London goods are perhaps a little unlikely at this location, but they increase the interest of operation and viewing.
- And the scratch built SECR locomotives were a bonus!
Overall, an interesting little layout that might provide ideas for future designs.