After the best part of twenty years building layouts based on foreign prototypes, it's time for a change - my last British layout was Ramsgate Harbour in the 1990's. This time I've moved along the coast to the Brighton area and Saltdean, though only the name will bear any relation to the real place.
As ususal this will be an exhibition layout; I've pretty much settled now on 20' long, it's big enough to enjoy but small enough to transport and store. The imminent arrival of the Dapol Terrier was very much an influence on choosing the LBSCR, especially when I saw they were doing in in Stroudley livery.
This is how my first thoughts are shaping up, though no doubt it will change as time goes on.
The scenic area will be 16' by either 2' 6" or 3'. The plan says 1885 but I may well bring the period into the 1890's to allow me to use the Billington wagon lettering, and so the Myers station building can be tile hung rather than having the plaster panels used when they were first built.
Talking of which..............
i can't begin work on the layout yet but I have made a start on the station building, based on Lavant with a few alterations to suit what I want. It's the Myers design of station but higher than normal because of the lie of the land; from the road side it looks conventional. I like it because it's different and on a small layout you have to have something to catch the eye. It's not finished, but here are some pictures of how it is looking so far:
I'll post more pictures when the station building is finished, and then when the layout is under way I'll tell the tale as it progresses, warts and all!