Above: Shunting a string of wagons on Coombe Wharf. © information. May not be reproduced without permission.

2012 (3 of 11)

Coombe Wharf

Presented by Frank Warren

"The setting is 1903 at the start of the Edwardian Era. Coombe Wharf is the harbour at Ferring, West Sussex, which fictionally is deemed to have grown and merited its own branch railway. Originally built as the Coombe Wharf Tramway, the line has recently been taken on by the LB&SCR, so both industrial locomotives and Stroudley and Billinton designs may be seen. While the branch is worked by the Brighton company, the wharf is shunted by the Harbour Company locos, which are also authorised to run up to Ferring station. Imports include coal landed from North East England, timber from the Baltic Sea, and dairy products from Normandy. The local fishermen auction their catch on the quayside for the London market. Exports are manufactured goods from Great Britain for European markets.

The scenic layout is 10 feet by 18 inches, on three baseboards, designed to fit in my study and be carried in an average sized car. The layout was designed to show that Scalefour standards do not need an elaborate workshop to build a working model railway. Electrically, common control is used with two independent controllers and a panel mimicing a signal box diagram. Rolling stock is a variety of kit-built and proprietary wagons and locomotives, the majority compensated to improve smooth running. The major buildings are scratchbuilt, with some smaller structures from Wills, Ratio and Hornby."