Withermarsh (Old Town)
& The Twittens
Owner: Peter Rednall
Scale: 4mm Narrow Gauge
Area Modelled: Sussex Coast
Era / Period: 1950s
Size of Layout: 4ft 6in x 2ft 2in
Total Operating Area: 9ft x 5ft 6in
Number of Operators: 2
Insurance Value: £3,500
Cost of Transport: Fuel for one car
Power Requirements: 240v power supply for transformer / light
Other Notes: Insurance covers rolling stock, 6ft x 2ft 6in table supplied
Nestling near the Sussex coast, Withermarsh is a fictional small fishing port at the head of a creek. The Old Town, comprising of narrow streets and lanes known as 'twittens' (resembling Old Hastings and Rye) rests on a shallow cliff. Lying beneath the settlement is the narrow gauge station of the Mid Sussex Light Railway connecting Withermarsh with the rural hinterland villages.
The station is accessed via a footbridge which descends to a wooden platform with a small shelter and, across the track, a further island platform. A small goods shed serves regular freight trains. At a lower level the railway skirts the river bank with a junction leading to the adjacent quayside siding handling daily fish traffic. Despite competition from early 1950s road traffic, the railway continues to provide a service with its regular short trains necessitated by the steep gradients.
The layout is an exercise in creating the illusion of depth using forced perspective. The foreground and station is modelled in 4mm scale. The buildings at front of the raised ‘Old Town’ are in 3.5 mm scale while the rear of the street is 3mm with the receding twittens, modelled in decoupage, in 2mm.
2 Broad Cottages, Broad Road, Wickham St. Pauls, Halstead, Essex, CO9 2PG
Sudbury Model Railway Club (October 2022)
Witham Model Railway Exhibition (January 2023)
South West Herts Model Railway Society, Watford (May 2023)