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Based (very) loosely on Seahouses, the terminus of the North Sunderland Light Railway, Kitehouses represents an independent light railway whose operation was taken over by BR around 1949. It ran from an as yet undetermined station on the east coast main line to the small east coast town of Kitehouses. The line staggered on for many years, just about making it into the early diesel era, although by this time passenger traffic was very sparse with freight traffic just about justifying the line's continuing existence. The line finally faded away in the early 1960s, saving Dr Beeching the trouble of having to close it. The layout was an entry for the Challenge at Scaleforum 2008, which invited modellers to design and build to P4 standards an exhibition layout where at least three-quarters of the motive power modelled represents diesel and/or electric prototypes.

The aim was to build a layout illustrating how easy it now is to build a starter P4 layout from available "ready to run" and kit  items. To this end locos and stock are converted Bachmann and Hornby products, and Exactoscale "New Track" components were used for making the trackwork.

Buildings have been constructed using off-the-shelf kits from Wills and Ratio, stone walls are Hornby "Skaledale", while the cattle dock is a Bachmann resin item. The track plan is based on the late Martin Brent's "Arcadia".

Presented by Dave Hawkins and Tony Sullivan