Men’s Shed Displays their NEW Model Railway Layout

On Saturday 22nd April the new model railway, built by some members of the Southbourne Men’s Shed railway group, made its first public appearance after several frantic hours making sure everything was presentable. The layout, named, Duffield Lane, marked a first step for the group and it was very well received when displayed along with several other excellent layouts at Merstham Village Hall, near Redhill, Surrey.

Depicting a run down chalk quarry the main trains were made up of small engines with strings of equally small skip wagons carrying chalk. The scenery consisted two tracks running through a quarry, which was partly flooded and has a large ‘puddle’ overgrown with weeds, a store shed and an old loading facility, much dismantled and due for demolition. Trains enter and leave through the four tunnels, running to and from the offstage processing plant and other pits. Above the quarry, the narrow track to Pit Cottage is overgrown but still carries traffic close to the edge of a cliff.

The exhibition was opened by the TV personality Nicholas Owen who presented each layout owner with a commemorative plaque.

The railway group are looking for new members and anyone interested can contact the Southbourne Men’s Shed via or just call in weekday mornings between 09:30 and 12:30pm (except Wednesday) at The Old School, New Road, Southbourne, Emsworth. PO10 8JX

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