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Ashurst Brickworks Light Railway

Owner: Peter Rednall

Gauge: 009

Scale: 4mm Narrow Gauge

Area Modelled: Sussex Coast

Era / Period: 1950s

Size of Layout: 4ft x 2ft

Total Operating Area: 8ft x 5ft

Number of Operators: 2

Insurance Value: £2,000

Cost of Transport: Fuel for one car

Power Requirements: 240v power supply for transformer / light

Other Notes: Insurance covers layout and rolling stock, 6ft x 2ft 6in table supplied

Layout Description

Ashurst is an imaginary village nestled alongside a narrow estuary on the Sussex coast. The availability of good quality brick making clays in the local area stimulated the building of a narrow gauge light railway to transport the handmade bricks to the awaiting coastal ships. Shortly after its opening the railway management decided to open the line to passengers to serve nearby isolated communities.


Time has moved on and we now view the railway as it is in the 1950s. Trains continue to run in their time honoured way, but for how much longer before it succumbs to the lorry and a possible future in preservation?

The layout has featured in Railway Modeller (October 2013) and British Railway Modelling (September 2014). 

Contact Details


Peter Rednall


2 Broad Cottages, Broad Road, Wickham St. Pauls, Halstead, Essex, CO9 2PG


01787 269582


Exhibition Attendances

  • 31A Cambridge Model Railway Club (April 2015)

  • Royston & District Model Railway Club (November 2016)

  • Bury St Edmunds Model Railway Club (September 2017)

  • Mid-Norfolk Railway, Dereham (February 2018)

  • Maldon Model Railway Exhibition (February 2018)

  • Bressingham Narrow Gauge Exhibition (June 2018)

  • Museum of Power, Maldon (October 2018)

  • Ipswich Railway Modellers Association (November 2018)

  • Peterborough Festival of Railway Modelling (December 2018)

  • Saffron Walden Model Railway Club (February 2019)

  • 1st Cavendish Guides Charity Exhibition (March 2019)

  • Bressingham Narrow Gauge Exhibition (June 2019)

  • Sudbury Model Railway Club (October 2019)

  • Colchester & District Model Railway Club (October 2019)

  • East Bedfordshire Model Railway Society (February 2020)

  • Norfolk & Suffolk Narrow Gauge Group, Beccles (March 2020)

  • Dunmow Model Railway Show (March 2020)

  • South West Herts Model Railway Society, Watford (May 2022)

  • De Havilland MRS, Welwyn Garden City (April 2023)

  • Braintree & Halstead Model Railway Club (October 2023)

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