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

Name: Peter Rednall

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

Telephone: 01787 269582

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