London Brighton and South Coast Railway—around 1900 Located in West Sussex.
To be run as a simple working display with the possibility of some limited shunting in the yard between trains.
When my father first heard about the Scalefour 18.83 Layout Challenge he was already planning a small shunting and display layout which he hopes to enter himself. But the rules of the challenge made him wonder whether there was a station that could be modelled completely to scale, and still meet the size limit. One station that seemed promising was Fittleworth, in what is now West Sussex. Although it has been modelled a number of times already, none of the attempts had kept the scale of this pretty station. Sadly, scaling off old Ordnance Survey maps showed that it would be just too big for the 18.83 square feet restriction, but at around 90% correct size, it might just fit, with simple cassette fiddle yards at each end.
Knowing that there was little chance of completing two layouts within the given time, my dad suggested that I might like to have a go at completing it, if he built the baseboards and laid the track. This would leave me all the scenery, buildings and trees to work on, the part I like, especially the people and animals. There is also the possibility that the layout could form part of my GCSE Art course work, as there are lots of opportunities for working with different materials, media and techniques, to demonstrate the different effects you can get.