South Hants Model Railway Club

Brighton East - Third rail in Sussex

Brighton East by Dave & Matt Smith (4mm scale, EM gauge)

The setting

My son was a medical student in Brighton and came up with the old Kemp Town branch as a possible setting for a layout. 

What if it had retained some passenger service (this actually ceased in the 1933) and had never been shut (it closed to goods traffic in 1971), been electrified and then had a second tunnel bored to allow direct access to Lewes?

About the layout

This is not a prototypical rendition, the space was not available to do that, but it hopefully gives a flavour of the small space restricted terminus that was Kemp Town.

Control is by NCE DCC, with point control using radio control servos. Couplings are Kadee using electromagnet uncouplers.

The buildings are all scratch built and based on prototypes near to the old Kemp Town station
site with the main structure being based on the Barry Building at Sussex General Hospital.

For more information on how Brighton was built, see the layout thread on RMweb:

Exhibition Managers Notes

Contact: Dave Smith

  • Model: 4.1m x 0.51m
  • Space required: 5.2m x 2.5m
  • One table and two chairs required, placed behind layout
  • Four operators.
  • Operated from front
  • Transport: two cars

Brighton East image carousel

Where to see Brighton East

Saturday 25 May 2024 until Sunday 26 May 2024
Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Aylesbury

Saturday 16 Nov 2024
Admiral Lord Nelson School, Portsmouth