On the 13th July 1863 Royal Assent was granted for a scheme to build a railway between the LSWR’s main line and Seaton, a total length of 4 miles and 30½ chains. Although a contract for the construction of the line was signed on 18th January 1864, four years passed before the line finally opened to traffic on the 16th March 1868 - there were no public celebrations.
In planning this layout, my aim has been to make an as accurate as possible representation of Seaton Station within the limitations imposed by the challenge. Due to the stations exposed nature, a back scene has been dispensed with so that the layout can be viewed from either side. Operation of the layout can also be from either side depending on the operator’s preference. In choosing the period for the layout I have decided to portray the line from its opening in 1868 up to 1935, the year before the Southern Railway’s rebuild. This will then allow for a broader range of stock for the layout and hopefully added interest for the viewer.