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Ouse Valley (Balcombe) Viaduct – this is an uncompromised model of the real thing on the Brighton main line between Balcombe and Haywards Heath, which is 450m long, up to 29m high and has 37 arches. This makes the model , which is of course incomplete, just under 6 m (20 ft) long. Eventually the viaduct will form one component of a larger project encompassing Balcombe station, Lewes and possibly Eridge.
Many materials and techniques have been used in construction – MDF (much of it laser cut), ply, etched brass, 3D printing, resin casting, plastic and limewood strip, and embossed plastic brick sheets. Scenic ground cover over the glass fibre base is only temporary, based on hanging basket liner.
Trackwork has been temporarily placed for the purposes of showing some train movement for Scaleforum. One of the tracks is in P4, but the other is 00, as we wanted to spend more time on the viaduct itself for the show rather than converting stock. Eventually it will be entirely P4 and third-railed.
Presented by Rod Cameron & John Farmer.
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