Alton Model Railway Group

Sidmouth, East Devon

Sidmouth, 4mm scale, 18.83 gauge (P4)

4mm scale, 18.83 gauge (P4)

The prototype is the terminus of an 8 ¼ mile branch line that ran from Sidmouth Junction, on the former London and South Western Railway west of England main line, to Sidmouth, a seaside town in East Devon.  Sidmouth was one of Devon’s oldest watering places and famed as a health resort before 1812. The line was opened in 1874.

The model seen here represents Sidmouth as it was operated by British Railways Southern Region in the Summer of 1959 or 1960. During this period there would have been around 15 trains each way per day, including through coaches from Waterloo. Freight workings were generally limited to coal, agricultural and building products. In addition, a factory was built by J.P.White Motor Caravans on the site of the former Gas Works, to fit out Volkswagen vans and produce the ubiquitous Campers or Caravanettes. Base vehicles were imported via Ramsgate and delivered to the Works in ex SR and BR CCT vans.