Alton Model Railway Group

Scratchy Bottom Halt

Rowland Emett, OBE, was a noted cartoonist who published cartoons in the magazine “Punch” depicting railway scenes with strange, bumbling trains with tall loco chimneys and dumpy carriages.

For the 1951 Festival of Britain he designed the passenger-carrying 15-inch gauge “Far Tottering and Oyster Creek Railway” at Battersea. In 1968 he designed the elaborate inventions of Prof Caractacus Potts for the film “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”.

Smallbrook Studio, based in the Isle of Wight, markets a range of Gn15-scale cast-resin kits for Emett’s railway creations.

The track gauge is 5/8in (aka 16.5mm), representing a 15in-gauge railway at a scale of 1:24. Scratchy Bottom Halt uses these kits to represent a small part of Emett’s railway world, re-creating in model form some of his railway cartoons.

The name of the layout is typical of those found in Emett’s cartoons but is a real place name in Dorset near Lulworth Cove and the dragon-shaped rock feature of Durdle Door.