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Brighton Road is the Mid-Sussex Group’s successor to Pulborough – a change from a real location in rural Sussex to a fictitious location in south London. The exact spot is somewhat uncertain, but probably somewhere in the Wandsworth area on the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway system, at a location which has good connections to other companies’ lines, as well as lines running into Victoria and London Bridge. As with Pulborough, the layout is set around 1912, which gives us the opportunity to display stock in both Stroudley and Billinton liveries.

The high level section of the layout is predominantly a passenger line with trains arriving from Victoria on the quadruple track at the left hand end of the layout. The track then splits into two sections with one set of double tracks leading to London Bridge and the other to the South Coast. Brighton Road station itself has a local service only, on the two outer slow lines, and is mostly off-scene on the left with only the platform ends and part of the street level entrance visible.

The lower level consists of the local goods yard to the left, and a marshalling/exchange yard to the right. This sees trains from other pre-grouping companies arriving under the viaduct to be re-formed for onward transit on the LBSC system. On the extreme left, the tram track will eventually continue to a town scene on the next board. On the right, an extension to the marshalling yard leads through the brewery warehouse. This board will be developed with the rest of the brewery, and perhaps a canal basin. In the centre of the layout is the timber and builder’s yard, complete with a monumental mason. The timber-framed cottage is all that is left of the farmland on which the yard was built. Behind the viaduct can be seen the backs of the extensive Victorian terraces, which were built in this part of London as the city expanded southwards. 

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Left & centre:
Chris Mitchell

Right:
Philip Hall

 
 

Left:
Nick T Smith

Centre:
David Brandreth

Right:
Philip Hall

 
 

Left & right:
Nick T Smith

Centre:
David Brandreth

 
 
Left, centre, right:
David Brandreth
         
Left, centre, right:
David Brandreth
         
Left, centre, right:
David Brandreth
 
 
Left, centre, right:
David Brandreth
 
 
Left, centre, right:
David Brandreth
 
 

Left:
Philip Hall

Centre & right:
David Brandreth

   
Left, centre, right:
David Brandreth
   
Left, centre, right:
David Brandreth